Kathy Bernard- Publisher
"I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth."
is a story
about a young shepherd boy who was tending his sheep one sunny
Sunday morning when he heard the bells of a local church
ringing. He paused, watching people dressed in their Sunday finery walking along the road by the pasture where he was
feeding his sheep. He thought to himself, "I want to pray. I
would like to communicate with God! But, what can I say to
Him? I have never been to church more than a time or two and
the few books someone gave my parents don't teach me how to
he did not own
a bible or knew anyone who could help him. But for some reason
he really wanted to connect with God. There were so many things
he needed to ask and tell God. And then, an idea to him.
priest who was passing by on his daily walk before mass heard the boy's
high pitched, childish voice and peeked through the bushes by
the side of the road. He saw a young boy kneeling with folded
hands, and eyes closed, repeating the alphabet.
the boy saying, "What are you doing, my little one?" The boy
replied, "I was praying, sir." The priest seemed surprised and
said, "But why are you reciting the alphabet?" The boy
explained, "I don't know any prayers, sir. And I haven't gone
to Church for a long, long time. But I want God to take care of
me and my family even though they do not go to Church anymore,
and I want Him to help me care for my sheep. And so I thought
if I said all I knew, He could put the letters together into
words, and He would know all that I want to say!"
smiled encouragingly and said, "Bless your heart, my child, God
will know. Yes, He will!" As the priest walked away and went
on to Church knowing full well that he had just heard the finest
homily. It would top any he could possibly offer that day
to the Congregation.
heightens the reality
of our heavenly Father. It is that two way communication, a
connection brought about through faith and we know with
confidence and certainty that God listens to each of us. As we
pray earnestly to God, no matter how we verbalize that prayer,
He reads the content of our hearts. Romans 8: 26-27 tells us
"And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we
may not know how God wants us to pray but the Holy Spirit prays
for us with groaning that cannot be expressed in words. And the
Father who knows all our hearts, knows what the Spirit is
saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with
God’s own will."
we must find a
quiet place without distractions. Then picture the Lord, with a
patient smile, sitting across from you. Through the Holy
Spirit, you will know He is waiting with kindness and complete
attention because He wants to hear
every word you say. Then, because you are one of His, tell Him
whatever is on your heart and mind. He’ll listen to you with
great understanding and compassion. You don't need big,
educated words or eloquence of speech, nor programmed
prayers. He already knows your needs, your worries, and your
desires, and He wants us to bring it all to Him through honest
unadorned prayer because we are then showing that we love Him,
depend on and want to obey Him. Come humbly to Him, always
ending with what Jesus Christ says in John 14:13-17: "Whatever
you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father maybe
glorified in the Son".
And 1 Timothy 2:5 tells us in no uncertain terms: 'For
there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and
humanity—the man Christ Jesus." Surrender
all things to God through His Son and God will uphold and
sustain all who come in faith.
SOMETIMES we often
neglect the aspect of prayer in giving thanks for what He has
already given to us. So often, we want His powers to
provide the things we want, and if this is not forthcoming, we
feel adrift and uncared for. But we must reflect on giving God
something vital and that is ourselves. Thank Him for life, our
sustenance, our safe havens, our health, and all the blessings
we take for granted. Often we neglect Him until we need
something that no man can give, and it is then that wego to Him
as a final resort.
are all the
children of God and He wants, no, He longs for us to talk with
Him through prayer. It does not matter that it is a simple
prayer. In the quiet of prayer, we can lay all our burdens,
worries and concerns before Him, knowing that He is with us and
hears us. In turn, we will receive assurance, guidance, peace,
strength, power, and revelation, because we have put all things
in His care, confident He will provide for us. He will give us
the things He wants to give if they are right for us.
Philippians 4:6-7 states, "In nothing be anxious; but in
everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let
your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God,
which passeth all human understanding, shall guard your hearts
and your thoughts in Christ Jesus."
young boy in this
story prayed to the Lord the only way he knew and it was
sufficient, for the Lord understood what was in his heart. God
also listens to us with divine Knowledge and understanding, and
if need be, gives forgiveness and clemency to all who come
before Him with a simple, heartfelt prayer. Words do not
have to be classic or special if it truly comes from the heart
of us. As we pray with adoration, recognizing the supreme
authority of our Father, we can rest in complete assurance that
we are His highest priority.
A Final Prayer from Pope John Paul II
IIL’Osservatore Romano, 11-5-79, 2 reads:
you now with this prayer that the Lord Jesus will reveal Himself
to each one of you, that He will give you the strength to go out
profess that you are Christian, that He will show you that He
can fill your hearts. Accept His freedom and embrace His truth,
and be messengers of the certainty that you have been truly
liberated through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
This will be the new experience, the powerful experience, that
will generate, through you, a more just society and a better
world. God bless you and may the joy of Jesus be always
"Be watchful, stand firm in
your faith, be courageous, be strong."
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