When our prayers become dry

When our prayers become dry, let us pray by simply remaining in God, being with Him, walking with Him, and staying in His loving embrace. When we pray, let us simply allow God to love us, to comfort us, and to give us rest. We do not even have to say a single word.

There are three prayers and novenas that I pray regularly:

  • The Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus which reminds me to hope and surrender in the mercy of God.
  • The Litany of Humility which reminds me to seek God and not the riches and recognition of this world.
  • The Novena of Mary the Untier of Knots which reminds me of the role of Mary as the Gebira or the Queen Mother who intercedes for us and points us to her Son Jesus Christ, the King. It also reminds me to surrender to God’s will like what Mary did throughout her life.

But sometimes, I get so familiar with my novenas that I forget the essence of why I am praying them. I even get familiar with my daily prayers that they become dry.

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus reminds us that the essence of prayer is not our words or novenas for God already knows what we are praying for:

“In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” — Matthew 6:7-8

The essence of prayer is being with God.

When our prayers become dry, let us pray by simply remaining in God, being with Him, walking with Him, and staying in His loving embrace. When we pray, let us simply allow God to love us, to comfort us, and to give us rest. We do not even have to say a single word.

Only then can we truly hear God in our prayers as well.

When we remain in God in every moment of our lives, we also "pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

 

P.S. Still, I believe in the beauty of novenas and other prayers of the saints and our Church fathers. Because they may teach us or remind us to pray for the things we may not pray for otherwise such as humility, trust, and the acceptance of God’s will.