Growing to maturity in prayer

March 17, 2019frjohnma

On this second Sunday of Lent, the Church offers us the event of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ, one of His great prayer events. The Church presents the glorious event of the Transfiguration of Jesus to enable us to draw lessons on prayer. The Transfiguration experience teaches us about the prayer personality of Jesus Christ. Prayer is one of the pillars of the Lenten season. According to Anthropologists, all religions are founded on the belief that the most essential need in life is to encounter a deity and to be in touch with such deity and Christianity is no exception. Therefore, prayer is a special mark of a genuine relationship with God who is our Deity. Luke tells us Jesus went up the mountain to pray and that it was while praying that Jesus was transfigured (Luke 9:28-29). Jesus would be much more likely to be interrupted in his prayer if he did not leave the plains of Galilee to go up to this quiet place to pray. So, what are some of the points to consider as we reflect on growing to maturity in prayer? It begins with:

*The longing to pray

*Saying always Lord teach me how to pray!

*Consciousness of God’s presence

*Discovering my prayer personality

*Watching against sensible devotion (St. Francis de Sales said, “Two mistakes I find common among spiritual persons. One is that they ordinarily measure their devotion by the consolations and satisfactions which they experience in the way of God, so that if these happen to be wanting, they think they have lost all devotion”)

*Sustaining my ritual and sacramental life

*Patience with God

*Confronting my demons (addictions, scars, paranoia, fear, bitterness, and sexual wounds)

*Transfiguring our vices to virtues (e.g. selfishness to selflessness, anger to meekness)

*Loving and praying for our enemies

*Wrestling with God

Quotes on prayer

  1. “Pray as you can and do not pray as you can’t. Take yourself as you find yourself; start from that” (Dom Chapman)
  2. “The only way you can fail at prayer is to not show up” (Thomas Keating)
  3. “There is no bad way to pray and there is no one starting point for prayer. All the great spiritual masters offer only one non-negotiable rule: You have to show up for prayer and you have to show up regularly” (Ronald Rolheiser)

Prayer: May the Lord and source of our prayer life, continue to enlighten the eyes of our hearts, minds and souls as we continue to aspire in the school of prayer and above all develop a sound prayer personality. Amen.

Fr. John-Mary Atep

Comments (4)

  • Ngozi Chidolue

    March 17, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    A very encouraging piece. Thank you father for your guidance and support at all times.

    1. frjohnma

      March 17, 2019 at 5:38 pm

      Thanks for your kind words. God bless you immensely

  • Chinwe

    March 18, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Prayer, hmmm………. Very important. Jesus even taught us how to pray so that we’ll always connect spiritually with God. The point of watching against sensible devotion is very important. I feel we should be conscious of that because sometimes we UNKNOWINGLY make the mistake. Growing maturely in prayer, I believe is a continuous process and God will always help us.

    Thank you so much Fr. Atep for this hint.

    1. Fr. John-Mary Atep

      March 19, 2019 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks so so much for your thoughtful comment.

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