Sunday, August 7, 2011
The True Essence of Prayer
Prayer is one way on how we can communicate to God. But how and what to pray were the two things I cannot fully understand before. Yes, I always pay a visit to the School chapel regularly and if time permits visit the vigil room of the Cathedral. When I am in those places I will just stop by and say a short prayer like thank you Jesus, hope You will take care of me today please grant my request _______ … So simple and short that it will take only five minutes or less and then I will leave the place immediately. I thought it was good enough only to realize later that my simple prayer is self-serving as well.
I admit being a catholic I see to it I always have a rosary in my pocket. In fact I only found that rosary on the street several years ago on my way to school. But I don’t pray rosary too often because it is too long and for me too repetitive and I find it meaningless as I always observe from others who pray it. Most people just say the rosary like reciting a memorized poem. I cannot find any meaning to that.
In fact according to the bible if you want to talk to God do not be showy. Go inside a room and say your prayer in such a way that you and only God are the ones communicating. If I misinterpreted it right I don’t know.
Once again I will go back to my previous questions: how and what to pray?
It took me one simple day while I am substituting for an absent teacher to find the answers. It so happen, our school is having the room to room block rosary. As the students pray the rosary with repetitive and traditional manner and I was holding my own rosary suddenly I had a closer look at my colorful rosary. And in a wink of an eye the Holy Spirit revealed to me the meaning of each color of my rosary as well as every part of it.
Allow me to elaborate it:
The cross – reminds us of the unconditional love of God
The three beads that follow – represents the Holy Trinity
The Green Beads – stands for life. We should pray for those who are sick so that they would find healing. We should also thank for the Good health He always grants to us.
The Blue Beads – stands for the sadness and calamities that men had to endure. We should pray for the victims of natural and man-made calamities
The White Beads – represents the sanctity of the family. We should pray that God strengthens the bond that keeps each family in tact.
The Red Beads – represents human weaknesses and sins. Prayers for those who are alienating themselves from God by doing things not in accordance to the will of the Father. (B-abae A-lak D-roga S-ugal) These are all vices that become the root cause of all sins.
The Brown Beads – stands for our flickering faith to God. There are times because of so many things happening to us it seems our faith in Him wanes. It is but necessary then for us to continuously pray for the God’s strength and guidance.
The Beads in Between – represents Our Father and Glory Be. It in this part of the prayer that we acknowledge God as our Father at the same time we glorify Him.
God revelation to me keeps on reminding us that prayer must be done in the most fervent way. When we PRAY
P – repare ourselves first
R – eflect and recite
A – dore Him and ask
Y – earn for Him
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