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Prayer and Faith


John Chrysostom (347-407) wrote the following about prayer:  “Prayer is a refuge for those who are shaken, an anchor for those tossed by waves, a walking stick for the infirmed, a treasure house for the poor, a stronghold for the rich, a destroyer of sicknesses, a preserver of health. Prayer keeps our virtues intact and quickly removes all evil.”  What a powerful statement about prayer! 

Prayer is how we connect with God, but sometimes we get so distracted by life that we hurry off and start our day without God, and then end up our day tired and still not in touch with God. Sometimes when we start to pray, we don’t quite know what to say. We get worried we need to have eloquent words for God to know what is inside our hearts and minds.  And at other times, we are driven to our knees seeking God’s love and peace when life gets a little too hard.  

Prayer reflects our faith and trust in God to influence our lives. It is our primary way of seeing God’s work in ourselves, as well as in others. Look at prayer not so much as a way of asking God to do our will, but rather as a means of understanding how God wants to use us to get His will done on earth.  Prioritize prayer.  Demonstrate your faith in God’s power in your life. 


Written by The Beechgrove Benedictine community in Indiana. This monastic group focuses on training men and women, religious and lay, in spiritual direction.

O Lord, you know me.

You know when I sit and when I stand.

You have me always present in your mind.

For this, Lord, I thank you.,

You know the path for my life and what is best for me.

Lord, reveal to me the path I am to walk.

Bless me and guide me and be Lord to me

Bless me and guide me and be Lord to me

Bless me and guide me and be Lord to me so that whichever road I take I may do all for your glory.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

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