Praying the Truth – Ignatian Spirituality

We would all pray extra if we grew extra comfy with praying actually. Our discomfort with the reality causes us to keep away from prayer.

Honesty about feelings. Do we pray after we’re offended at someone? Many of us understand that anger isn’t an appropriate emotion, so we should recover from anger (or concern or different “bad” feelings) earlier than daring to method God. But God gave us the vary of feelings as a result of actual life requires them. Consider the Book of Psalms. Every emotion exhibits up: pleasure, thanksgiving, hope, longing, anger, vindictiveness, resentment, self-pity, and envy. We can comply with the psalmists’ instance and take each emotion to prayer, the place we are able to obtain assist in the midst of expertise.

Honesty about ideas. Then there’s “what I really think.” Perhaps I say to God that I wish to be a part of this world’s therapeutic. But possibly I actually suppose that lots of people are in hassle as a result of they tousled—and they should study and be accountable for his or her actions. I actually suppose that mercy is greatest used on “true” victims who’re harmless of any wrongdoing or unhealthy choices. So, if I’m trustworthy with God, my prayer could be, “I’m not really on board with helping certain people. Remind me that they, too, are your beloved and that it’s not my place to judge. I’m willing to grow more willing to live out your mercy in the world—but I’m not there yet.”

Honesty about assumptions. Many of us nonetheless assume the advantage of robust individualism. I ought to be capable of clear up my very own issues and attain my targets, if I simply work arduous. We additionally consider the delusion {that a} Christian ought to all the time really feel good and have a satisfying day. In that case, feeling unhealthy, struggling, and failing point out that God isn’t with me or doesn’t approve of what I’m doing. In quick, now we have rejected the reality that God’s individuals endure—by no means thoughts the lengthy historical past of struggling amongst God’s devoted, whether or not in the days of historical Israel or in the lives of saints previous and current. Thus, after we endure, battle, or fail, we’d really feel that God has not held up the divine finish of the cut price. We cease praying, as a result of we’re offended at God and resentful at how issues are going.

Honesty about self-consciousness. It’s superb what just a few moments’ reflection can do for trustworthy prayer. My head is swirling with plans and worries and hopes and duties. I attempt to settle into prayer, however it’s almost unimaginable. So I enable all these busy ideas to drift out from me, and I take a look at myself prayerfully. If I’m trustworthy about what I see, my prayer may sound like this:

“Heavenly Father, I feel so needy today. I’m going to sit here (or curl up on my bed) and let your love hold me for a while.”

“Lord, I need a good talk with a friend for some human company while I go through this. Help me connect with [name] in the next day or two. I know you don’t expect me to operate solo all the time.”

“Jesus, let’s talk about all the things that bring me joy today. That would encourage me.”

If prayer has grow to be troublesome, assess your feelings, ideas, and assumptions. Then most significantly, make this self-conscious evaluation the prayer.

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