The Power of Prayer
by Terry Cody | April 2, 2017
During the Lenten season, we are asked to focus on three things: Fasting, Almsgiving and Prayer. This Lent for me has been all about prayer. My father was seriously ill recently, such that he was in critical condition in the hospital. He is now recuperating at home thanks to the many prayer warriors who were praying for him around the clock. The doctors were baffled by his recovery and the nurses were calling him “Miracle Man”, but I have no doubt in my heart that his healing is from our Lord Jesus Christ through the power of intercessory prayer.
It is common to pray during difficult times. These are often prayers of petition, asking God for healing, and yes – even making promises you hope you can keep if your prayers are answered. But, what about the many other types of prayer; prayer for thanksgiving, traditional prayers, Liturgy of the hours, Novenas, contemplative prayer, praise and worship, intentions and so on.
In reflecting on my prayer life, I have used all these styles of prayer, each in its own time, each for a specific situation. All of them are important, but my own most powerful prayers are my personal conversations with God. Whether writing in a journal or openly having an all-out conversation with Him, prayer needs to be a personal experience with Jesus.
My husband Kevin is a candidate in the Permanent Diaconate program in our Diocese. When we were engaged years ago, he was in the Marine Corps. One day, after receiving a troublesome letter from Kevin, I came across the poem, The Difference, see below. Someone had left it on the break table at work. This poem opened my heart to pray more for Kevin. I felt the need to share it with him so I mailed it to him. Kevin put the card in his cover (hat) to remind himself to pray more often.
Twenty-eight years of marriage later, five children and ample reasons over the years to pray, Kevin asked me what I thought about him becoming a Deacon. I thought, well of course! That only makes sense. Kevin’s spiritual journey has been a beautiful one that I am so happy to be a part of, so entering the diaconate program just felt right! A lot of prayer went into this discernment from both of us along with our children.
When Kevin was accepted, our prayerful journey together grew. These past four years have been prayer in action. Learning and growing on this faith filled journey with my husband has been a blessing, but would not have happened without the ‘Power of Prayer’ to make ‘The Difference!’
I got up early one morning
And rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I didn’t take time to pray.
Problems just tumbling about me,
And heavier came each task;
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered.
He answered: “You didn’t ask.”
I wanted to see joy and beauty-
But the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me,
He said: “But you didn’t seek.”
I tried to come into God’s presence,
I used all my keys at the lock;
God gently and lovingly chided:
“My child, you didn’t knock.”
I woke early this morning
And paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I had to take time to pray
Author – Unknown
This blog post was contributed by Terry Cody, Ste. Marie Parish Manchester, NH