Where to Start: Pray
What is Prayer
Prayer is our response to God who is already speaking or, better yet, revealing Himself to us. Therefore, prayer is not merely an exchange of words, but it engages the whole person in a relationship with God the Father, through the Son, and in the Holy Spirit.
Prayer in the Life of One Discerning a Call to the Priesthood
As prayer is fundamental in the life of the priest so is it also central in the life of one who is discerning God’s call to the priesthood. Each priest is a man who is called by God to serve Him in the particular vocation of the ministerial priesthood. But we can only hear a call if we are listening and praying, that conversation with God is the way in which we listen to His voice.
Not everyone prays the same way and there is no one specific way to pray. The first step is always to do it! Make the time to pray and find a quiet place, perhaps in a church or adoration chapel or follow Jesus’ command to “go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words.” Mt 6:6-7
Prayer in the Life of a Priest
Prayer is central in the life of the priest because prayer unites us more closely with God and it is from this communion with Him that priestly ministry flows. At his ordination to the diaconate, the candidate makes a promise to pray the Liturgy of the Hours daily “with and for the people of God.” This promise to pray the Liturgy of the Hours continues after ordination to the priesthood. In addition to the Liturgy of the Hours, the priest will spend time in private prayer, praying the Rosary or praying with the Scriptures, and celebrate Mass which is the most perfect prayer that God has given us.
The Basics of Prayer
- What’s needed
- Prayer to Know My Vocation
- Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament
- Lectio Divina
- Spiritual Direction