My goal with this blog is to present a new prayer each week, with my thoughts and analysis of the prayer. This blog is dedicated to my good friend, Macy, who needs prayers from us all. Please join me in this journey of faith!
As the beginning of this blog, I thought it would be fitting to start with a prayer about beginnings:
"O God, I find myself at the beginning of another day. I do not know what it will bring. Please help me to be ready for whatever it may be.
If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. If I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.
I pray just for today, for these twenty-four hours, for the ability to cooperate with others according to the way Jesus taught us to live. "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." May these words that he taught us become more than words.
Please free my thinking and feelings and the thinking and feelings of others, from all forms of self-will, self-centeredness, dishonesty, and deception. Along with my brothers and sisters, I need this freedom to make my choices today according to your desires. Send your Spirit to inspire me in time of doubt and indecision so that, together, we can walk along your path. Amen."
-J. Veltri, S.J.
When we awake in the morning, we have an idea of what we'll do that day. Often we don't meet our expectations - humans are delusional - but we have a plan. Mostly a plan focused on worldly activities - "Gotta get dressed, go to work, and meet with my boss about that new project" - "Oh, man, I have a huge test today!" - but a plan nonetheless.
However, we could never imagine the things God has in store for us each day, so rather than struggle to make our days go the way WE want them to, we place our lives in God's hands and simply say, "God, help me to be ready."
Doing God's will is our goal, but it is very often difficult. We pray to God that He can guide us, not only to do His will, but to do it well. Praying "If I am to stand up, let me stand bravely" tells God that we submit to His will, and that we want to do it with courage.
Since we cannot know the future, and we trust in God to guide our future, we pray to him that we can be good and holy for JUST THESE 24 HOURS. We take the small steps held by God's hands, and when the new day dawns, we will pray again that He will help us to be like Jesus for another day.
However, it's not enough simply to speak words of faith. We pray that God can help us ACT them, and help us hold those words in our hearts and feel his loving power. We want to LIVE God's Word.
We pray to God to help us escape selfishness and sin, acknowledging that we cannot do this by ourselves. We ask God to send down His Spirit to guide us as He does every day, to keep us on the path to God when we might stray aside. We need God to empower us to make good decisions, and we pray to him to give us that power -the power to follow Him.
Ultimately, in this prayer we ask God for the strength to do His will, for we have no strength of our own.