Praying Like St. Francis

Praying Like St. Francis

Most of us agree, I assume, that personal prayer can be described as a conversation between two parties—ourselves and God. Speaking for myself, I often find myself giving more importance to my side of the conversation than to God’s. I think, for example, that I have to be more responsible, try harder, clench my fists more so I can pray with greater intensity. And yes, it’s certainly true that we humans have to give prayer our very best efforts and pray with all our hearts.

But let’s pause for a moment and think. Let’s look at the two sides of this prayer equation, which is really no equation (or relationship of equals) at all. Then let’s assess the relative importance and power and love capacity of the two prayer partners. In this corner is “little me,” a small bit of clay that God in his mercy has endowed with human life and finite reasoning. In the other corner is the God of infinite life, wisdom, energy and love—the Creator of the galaxies.

Now let’s ask our question again: Which side of the prayer relationship is more important? To which prayer partner should we assign greater importance? It’s really a no-brainer, isn’t it? If we carefully analyze our own personal prayer life, however, we might notice that we frequently place most of our attention on the wrong partner.

St. Francis of Assisi teaches us a good way to reflect on our relationship with God. He reveals his own healthy sense of God’s greatness and his own littleness, when with a great sense of awe he asks in prayer: “Who are you, My God, and who am I?”

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  • oligario johnson

    Thanks, Brother Jack, when I pray I realized that I always do the talking, forgot to “yield” to God’s response. Now I understand why God said ” be still…I am God ! “.

  • Hazel Rende

    Greetings:

    To me,prayer is like an inverted tornado.The more parishioners getting in on
    the request,the louder the sound getting to heaven.

    by(e)carg