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Understanding Prayer

The key to a relationship with God is to be united to the original divine relationship – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In other words it is a relationship with the Holy Trinity.

In the old catechisms, a reference to the Trinity was one of the first things a child was taught. The Trinity is a relationship between God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Prayer is our personal relationship between us and the same Trinity.

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Obviously most Christian Churches have some reference to the Trinity. Some, i.e. Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists, do not. As some Christian writers suggest, a relationship with God in the Trinity is the basis of our prayer life, our Christian life in general and our own peace of soul.

If you do not have a God, if He means nothing to you, then it really is incumbent upon to you to be your own god. Very many modern people actually try to walk down this road. However, having a relationship with God provides us with a certain peace within the world we live. It is like it was in the old days, when we did not lock our doors at night and could walk down any street we wanted. That sense of security can be experienced through a close relationship with our God. While some of our streets may be dangerous, peace of mind and soul come from the fact that God is with us.

Having a relationship with God provides us with a certain peace within the world we live.

God refuses to be known except in a trustful and loving relationship. It is what an ideal marriage is for example. There is no marriage if there is not a trustful, loving relationship. You cannot know God or anyone else for that matter unless there is also a loving trustful situation.

Prayer is only possible if we allow the God who is in our heart to speak to the God of heaven. This is the unity between ourselves and the God who is in all of creation. This is the basis of all prayer. Only after this, can prayerful words start to flow.

Yes, of course, we should tell God what we want but the main part of our relationship with God is come into unity with God, not in getting the outcomes we desire

A very good place to start a prayer, is to ask ourselves the question – “What does God want from me right now?” The answer to the question is always positive. If that what you hear God saying to you does not come from the Holy Spirit, namely “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control then you have to question if your prayer has actually started yet. Remember, some people consider prayer as telling God what He should know, or perform. Prayer in God has the elements St Paul describes as gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Yes, of course, we should tell God what we want but the main part of our relationship with God is come into unity with God, not in getting the outcomes we desire.

Bishop Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R. AM

This article was published in The Church and Life Newspaper, February 2018

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