I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I’m grateful that I’m heard. Maya Angelou
Meditation: When we pray we do not “influence God”, as if we had power over God. We do not “make God do” anything that God would not have done anyhow. Instead of prayer influencing God, prayer influences us. As we pray for somebody else, we create a loving field between God’s love, our love and the person we are praying for. Whatever the need, whatever the sorrow, when we invite God to come and be present, it is us who become aware of God’s presence, as God was already there even before we prayed. God hears our pain, our hopes and fears. He heard us even before we made conscious words, as God knows our unconscious and pre-verbal longing and communicating, just as God hears our verbal attempts to express our needs. However, as we formulate conscious words and speak them before God, we are being changed. As we hear ourselves, and as we feel heard, our hearts open up. Something wonderfully healing happens.
Prayer: God, You are the One who listens when nobody else does. You know our hearts and minds from afar. Before we make words, You know our hearts and our needs. However, as we speak to You, we are being changed as we are being heard by You and as we hear ourselves. And we are grateful. Amen
It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24