More will be given to you.

Posted by James Hahn on

Monday September 23rd
St. Padre Pio

Luke 8:16-18

Like most, I struggle with keeping a daily prayer routine. The ways of life, family, and work make excuses readily available. Each day I wrestle with that small yet powerful voice that tells me I am either too busy to pray or that I can put it off until later. After defeating the temptation it seems almost ridiculous that I would even consider not diving into my prayers. But each day brings another struggle and sometimes a victory, but not always.

Why is it that I don't want to pray? Why do I resist taking time to speak with the One who loves me more than I can fathom? Why is simply getting the prayer-time started so difficult even without any distractions? I often think of the great saints and mystics of the Church and their prayer life. How is it that they could be so enraptured in prayer that they sometimes experienced visions or physical miracles like levitation or bi-location? I am sure that most did not experience that from the very beginning but it was given to them as they fell deeper and deeper into intimate conversation and communion with God.

Today Jesus gives me a firm warning concerning my spiritual life. If I make use of the grace given to me each day, even that little dose that makes prayer possible, I will be given more. If I am faithful and put to good use the grace to pray, more grace to pray will be given. In contrast, if I begin to believe that I don't need to pray because I am doing other "holy" acts that replace the prayer, like writing a daily meditation on the Gospel, what I "seem" to have "will be taken away."

Lord Jesus, too often I find that I like to pat myself on the back for my spiritual life. I imagine that I am a good person and I can put my spiritual life on cruise control. Yet, it is then that I am attacked and often mortally. Help me to pray and to use the grace You have given wisely.

"A soul who wants to make progress in the interior life will pray along these lines: "Lord, may I have due measure in everything, except in Love." - Saint Josemaria Escriva

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How to get better at prayer.
  1. Set a prayer appointment - Set a time on your calendar each day to meet and speak with God.
  2. Slowly increase your prayer time. - Don't jump in with an hour right from the get-go.  Build up your "tolerance" so to speak.
  3. Commit - to praying and slowly increasing your prayer time for 30 days.  Mark off the days on your calendar.  If you miss a day, jump right back in, don't give up.
  4. Pray - praying is talking to God, it's spending time with your attention focused on Him.  I enjoy spending time with my children regardless of their level of development.  God is the same way.  Spend time praying as best you can.  Use formal prayers if you want or simply speak in conversation.  Don't forget to listen
  5. Journal - Our newly revised 4 Simple Steps to Better Scripture Meditations: Guide, Workbook, and Journal walks you through 4 easy steps that will help you go deeper in your prayer life.  It includes 31 days of workbook and journal pages too!
  6. Read other good books about how to pray better - Prayer PrimerDeep Conversion, Deep PrayerTime for GodThe Spiritual Life: A Comprehensive Guide to Catholics Seeking Salvation.

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