Stewardship of Time


Nurturing a Healthy Prayer Life

Before any fruit-bearing plant can yield a harvest, it must be nurtured and cultivated. The same is true for a healthy prayer life. A deep and lasting relationship with God does not happen overnight. It takes work and persistence before yielding a reward.

If you are new to prayer, start with small steps. First, open your heart to God and surrender yourself to His love. Then, start a conversation with Him. Be sure to listen for God’s response as often as you talk to Him. Prayer must be a dialogue, not a one-sided conversation.

Humility is paramount to any meaningful prayer. St. Augustine once said, “Man is a beggar before God.” Approach prayer with this perspective, acknowledging that “we do not know how to pray as we ought” (Rom 8:26).

For those with a strong prayer life, continue to find new ways to communicate with God. Stick to your “tried and true” methods of prayer – those you are most comfortable with – and don’t be afraid to venture into new territory. During this year’s Stewardship Renewal, consider how God is calling you to deepen your prayer life.