As we finish with all the issues which hold us back from a firm and unshakeable commitment to daily, intimate prayer, we must demolish the one error we are most blind to see: the subtle pride that we can only accomplish something through our thinking and our efforts. The human or natural reality is that we spend most of our day thinking about ourselves! We are absorbed in what we are doing….in our routine and in our habits to the point that we often become robotic in their execution! This pride…this automatic reliance on the “way things just are”…must be completely destroyed before we will embrace daily, intimate prayer. Yes, this is the way things are now, because we have so far chosen to believe they can not change!
How many times has God made clear in Holy Scripture that we can do “absolutely nothing” (especially in the spiritual or supernatural realm) without Him! We hear these words, but we do not take them to heart. We will never have an unshakeable commitment to daily, intimate prayer without total reliance on God to give us this Gift and that Gift can and will only be given through correspondence to Grace, which is begged for each and every day, especially though Holy Communion and the other Sacraments, after we have released the power of our Baptism through our Consecration to Jesus through Mary and our choice to live it in the power of the Holy Spirit present within us as our Greatest Friend!
Because our natural way of living or operating each day is to become absorbed in routine and habit, which are overarching modes dictating almost all thinking and behavior, we must have SUPERNATURAL help, or we can not break free. As Fr. Jacques Philippe teaches us: “if we do not learn how to stop completely from time to time, how to make space in which we do nothing except think about (and love) God, we will find it very difficult to remain in God’s presence while working (and conducting our daily duties and recreation).” In other words, we can not achieve our purpose of being constantly in the presence of God and living with His Will as Mary did, if we can not focus completely on Him for at least 15 minutes every day in intimate prayer (and then to spend more time if and as He leads us).
Thus, we must come to know and truly believe that we are incapable of doing this without His Grace! Without His help, we will go on reading and thinking about committing to daily, intimate prayer without ever actually engaging in it each day! Many say, I pray when I feel the desire to pray; but we have learned that prayer is not a feeling! Prayer is a Gift of God to persevere in time with Him in Love and for Love! We must be humble enough to admit we are too selfish and too fickle to ever be able to give our time consistently in daily, intimate prayer without His Grace! How can we ever possibly follow God’s command to “pray always”, if we do not admit that we can’t even pray well for 15 minutes!
Lord, give us this Grace…give us Your own desire…give us Your Humility…the Humility that is on display in the manger right now! Lord, we are nothing, but You are All! In Your Divine Mercy, move us to desire and trust with Your own desire and trust! Mother, plead our case due to our complete inability! Please use the power of the Flame of Love of your Immaculate Heart to bring us to this Gift of daily, intimate prayer so we may be a praise of His glory living with His Will each moment as you did!