Prayer: Your ultimate bridge to self-care
On Thursday, September 16th, 2020, what did you do to nourish your spiritual being? At Strathmore University, the People and Culture team invited Fr. Bernard Nderito (Strathmore University – Chaplaincy) to help the virtual staff realize just how nurturing our relationship with God is not the last resort but rather a daily devotion. If the need for wellness is what you are seeking most, whether in your own life or in the life of someone you love, have faith that our Lord God listens and will see you through. Take a chance and talk to God today, for He is listening, watching, and protecting you always.
What is prayer and why do we need to pray?
Prayer is having a conversation with God. As shared by Fr. Nderito, loving God is not just about feeling good, but also doing something about it. Mathew 26: 40-41 reminds us that we need to pray without ceasing. Also, when praying, we need silence to meditate without distractions. Some of the ways prayer can be helpful in our lives is that it builds our trust in God. Secondly, it helps us not get into temptation for “our spirit is willing, but the body is weak”. Thirdly, it allows us to depend on God for whoever learns to leave it all in the hands of God will see the hand of God in it all. Finally, it is also a great way of rekindling our relationship with our maker. Please remember that prayer can be made individually or communally as the bible says in Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
I do not pray because I feel like it
Engaging in prayer takes time and requires you to be committed. When you pray, God’s will is supreme. So when the answer is yes, be grateful, for when the answer is wait – ask God to give you the patience to wait for His timing and when the answer is no, ask God for the will to be content as He strengthens and comforts you. It is our responsibility to set aside time to be with God. As Fr. Nderito reminded us: “you cannot complain that you cannot understand God, yet you do not spend time with Him”. Be proactive in having a conversation with God because where there is will there is power.
Be encouraged by the words of our founding Father St. Josemaría Escrivá: “If you don’t know how to pray, put yourself in the presence of God, and as soon as you have said, ‘Lord, I don’t know how to pray!’ you can be sure you have already begun.”
This article is written by Annete Karanja.
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