Prayer is one of the foundations of Christian life. For many, prayer is a source of power–it gives them the strength, hope, and courage they need to overcome life’s biggest obstacles. For others, prayer provides the peace and enlightenment to be patient and await God’s reply.
Jesus taught His disciples the right way to pray. In Matthew 17:20, He said “…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” This is a statement that attests to the power of prayer. God most definitely listens to your prayers and answers them.
1 John 5:14-15 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” This verse attests to the undeniable, unknowable mystery of prayer and its power over a Christian’s life.
As true believers, we need to trust in the power of prayer, as well as the power of God to whom we pray to. Jesus taught His disciples how to pray by giving them a model to pray by. In Matthew 18: 19-20, Jesus declared, “I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” God invites Christians to pray together, and we who belong to Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church are able to do this whenever we attend mass.
The thing to keep in mind about prayers is that God has His own way of answering them. He answers prayers according to His will. Thus, His answers aren’t always going to be ‘Yes,’ but you can trust that it will always be in your best interest. When what you are praying for is in agreement with His will, you will come to understand His answers in time. When you pray with passion, purpose, and according to God’s will, He responds powerfully.
The next time you attend a Latin mass in Detroit like the ones regularly held at Old St. Marys, know that you give more power to your prayer by praying with other faithfuls like you. When you pray, ask God for the wisdom and discernment to teach you how He wants you to pray and what He wants you to pray for. God wants to move you into infuse you with His truth and be your guiding force through powerful and effective prayer.
Power Of Prayer, AllAboutPrayer.org