Month of Mary-May Devotions-Day 7 – The prayer life of Mary!

May 6, 2018frjohnma

I am so grateful to God and happy that a lot of us Christians are gradually resorting to a personal prayer life and dumping many syncretic practices which are very expensive but fruitless. May prayer for you is that as you keep praying may you hear this from God: “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God” (Acts 10:4). What an engine is to an automobile is what prayer is to a mature Christian and particularly a child of a woman of prayer – the Blessed Virgin Mary. The main language of communication with God is prayer. No form of prayer is to be trivialised. From the simplest form like a sigh to a mysterious mystical experience. They are all pleasing to God and enriching to our well-being.  The best habit to cultivate in life is Daily prayer.  No wonder, St. Vincent de Paul states: “A man of prayer is capable of everything; therefore, it is of great importance that … (Children of Mary) should give themselves to this exercise with particular earnestness; and as without it they will gain little or no fruit … ” Little wonder in the day, Jesus Christ went about doing good and healing people (Acts 10:38) but the nights of His life were spent praying and communing with His Father (Luke 6:12). The foregoing prayer life overwhelmed His Apostles to the degree that they had to ask the Master of prayer to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1). His first disciple and prayer catechist/teacher was MARY! Thus, Mary is usually called the catechist  (Mary) of the Catechist (Jesus Christ) of catechists (You and I). Because she taught Jesus how to pray, when Jesus was missing, she went straight to the Temple (the House of prayer) to discover her Son, the  Master of prayer. She did that so perfectly because she knew what she had instilled in her Son and the Son too had to represent her appropriately (Luke 2: 41-52).  The Gospels display a full range of the prayerful life or attitudes of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Thanksgiving and praise (Magnificat – Luke 1:46ff), petition and intercession (Cana – John 1:1-11), total consecration (Annunciation – Luke 1:26ff), acceptance of God’s will (Calvary – John 19:17ff), blind obedience (Presentation – Luke 2:22ff), and sensitivity to the needs of others (Visitation – Luke 1:39ff). Everything about prayer resides in Mary. Therefore, as her children, we need to humbly ask her to assist us in strengthening our prayer life. To pray is to succeed, therefore we must pray! The question is: do I pray? If I pray, thanks be to God! But what motivates me to pray?

Prayer: Dear our Lady and model of prayer, our mission in life is to maintain a permanent eye-contact with God and to become His Christ as we are called Christians but we easily forget this ultimate goal of our entire life and keep longing for other variables that distract us. Having realised our goal, we come before you Mother Mary, the embodiment of Heavenly virtues and humbly ask for the gift of one powerful virtue – the zeal and power to prayer. We want to keep repeating the names of Jesus, Mary and Joseph as we utter them in our personal, group and community prayers. we promise to pray and learn to listen to God as well as respond to His commandments, so that we can become what God has destined us to be. We ask all these through the powerful intercession of Mary the fullness of prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.  Say the memorare to our Lady – Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary …

Comments (4)

  • Eby

    May 7, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Amen and Amen. Mary my mother, continue to intercede for us.

    1. frjohnma

      May 7, 2018 at 7:36 am

      Thanks for joining the prayer team of the Month of Mary to invoke her powerful intercession on us! God bless you!

  • Isaacmary Atagher

    May 7, 2018 at 7:53 am

    I pray that God should give you more wisdom more knowledge and mother Mary will always feed you with grace to guard and educate his
    children

    1. frjohnma

      May 7, 2018 at 8:31 am

      Amen my brother Isaacmary! God bless you for joining the team to pray!

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