How to pray ah?

MOVE Youth organised a webinar How To Pray Ah?? via zoom Nov 12. The webinar’s main speaker was Fr Xavier Andrew, the parish priest of the Church of the Visitation, Seremban.

Nov 21, 2020

By Sabrina Smith
MOVE Youth organised a webinar How To Pray Ah?? via zoom Nov 12. The webinar’s main speaker was Fr Xavier Andrew, the parish priest of the Church of the Visitation, Seremban.

Fr Xavier shared what prayer is all about. We as people of God have this desire that we want to pray. This inability to achieve what I want brings me to make my life one that is filled with misery. He continued to say that prayer is a mental or verbal communication or communion between you and God. When you pray, you have to recognise consciously your connection with the Divine.

“God has endowed us with three things: desire, belief systems and knowledge. Our purpose of prayer is an effort to purify our mind and to increase our love for God.”

Fr Xavier then quoted 1 Thessalonians 5:16 - 18 which calls us to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus. This is the gist of what is prayer.

He went on to say that there are  three types of prayer: formal, informal and natural. A formal prayer is what the Church has taught us, e.g. the Our Father, the Hail Mary and so on. Informal prayer is what we pray at meetings, gatherings or even BEC gatherings. Natural prayer is when it comes anytime, anywhere and anyhow.

The session ended with Fr Xavier saying that if you want to know how to pray, learn to fall in love with God, then prayer will come naturally. It was indeed a spirit-filled session.

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