Time to Pray
Ask God in what ways you may be called to serve in mission and outreach.
Being about God's mission can sometimes be exciting, sometimes hard work and other times rather disheartening! In the midst of helping others and serving our needy world, we take the time to be still and check up with God on how we are going. This can be a great source of strength and consolation on the road ahead.
Why not pray to God now? Share your hopes and ideas with God in the area of mission and outreach. If you are feeling disheartened then share your frustrations and disappointments. When praying to God, it is important to share your own words and feelings. It is also important to sit in silence with God. A simple prayer to use is: "Lord Jesus Christ, what do you want me to do now? What do you want me to be now?"
We sometimes look for other words and our Saints, many of whom were at the forefront of mission activity, offer us a treasure trove of prayers. Here is one attributed to St Francis of Assisi:
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Where is God asking us to be an instrument of peace?
People sometimes wish they could hear God speak to them in prayer. Through the Scriptures we have the opportunity to encounter the word of God. The pages of the Bible are not magic. They will not answer our every question by opening the pages at random. Yet when we approach the Scriptures prayerfully and with an open heart, God speaks to us through the text. It is the heart of God speaking to our heart. Spend some time with Scriptures every day.
Jesus calls people throughout his ministry to discipleship, to the road of service. Here is the beautiful story of the call of the first disciples.
Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch". Simon answered, "Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets". When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!". For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people". When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
In what way are you called to put out into the deep?
Jesus Calls the First Disciples (Luke 5:1-11 - NRSV)
- In the Mass, the Eucharist, we pray to be agents of mission and support.
- The prayer of the faithful are prayers for the needs of our church and world.
- After praying the Our Father together, where we ask God's will to be done in the world, we pray for peace in our world.
At the conclusion of Mass we are called to "Go in peace, glorifying the Lord with your life".