(This Sunday is the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In Sunday’s Gospel, Luke tell us that as Jesus is praying, one of His disciples asks, “Lord teach us to pray. . . .” This blog post seems to be very timely. Lk.11:1-13)
“Pray without ceasing!” 1 Thes 5:17
I spend a great deal of my day in prayer, not necessarily on my knees. But, I do pray in a variety of ways for others (some of whom I do not know), situations, and my personal needs. There are many ways to pray. The most important and most powerful prayer is the Mass, which I am blessed to attend daily. I often spend time in Adoration conversing with Jesus face to face. I also pray the rosary alone and with others. I try to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy daily, and always do so when I am told someone is near death. I pray novenas for special intentions! I pray to the saints to intercede, a couple of them I consider my best friends! I pray traditional Catholic prayers, we are so blessed by these prayers! I pray simple prayers throughout the day for people who come to mind or strangers I just pass along the way. I fast as a prayer periodically, especially when someone I know is suffering greatly. And, I try to always remember to offer my own sufferings and hardships that I encounter daily for the needs of others…turning a difficulty to a positive good! Do I fail at this? Yes. Do I get distracted? All the time! But I persevere, and the more I do, the better I get at it! Prayer is a work in progress, and it will never be perfected until we reach Heaven!
Prayer chains are a great way to communicate the needs of others. St. Andrew Parish has a prayer chain which began years ago. Ruth Berger began the prayer chain many years ago, it was a phone chain. Years later Chris Nunner added email and currently, there are over 400 people who receive the prayer chain. I am hopeful that many who receive it pray for those requesting prayers and I encourage everyone in our parish to be a part of this ministry! If every parishioner at St. Andrew received and prayed for those in need through the prayer chain, imagine the power of all of those prayers for each individual or situation in which we pray!
Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. Phil 4:6
If you do not receive the prayer chain and would like to, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the same email address to send prayer requests.
JoAnne Lacey has been a parishioner at St. Andrew for almost 20 years. She is married to Ken Lacey and they have three children who attended SASEAS School. JoAnne has served on Parish Council, was actively involved with the SMILE Youth Group, was a regular Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and was coordinator of monthly Adoration. She currently coordinates the parish prayer chain.