A Preaching Tour in Galilee
35 And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed.
36 And Simon and those who were with him followed him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Every one is searching for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also; for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
Yesterday we learned that Jesus stayed up very late to heal all the sick that were being brought after dark. Today we read, that Jesus wakes up very early, before everyone, probably before dawn - to go and pray. We have to remember, that Jesus was true God and true human. Like any human, he needed his rest. Yet he took some time from such important sleep to pray, to get inspiration, support and strength from the Father. We need to make sure we follow his example. Sometimes our life is just so busy. But the only way to truly get the most of all other daily activities is to find time for a prayer.
Analyse your own life: Do you pray regularly, or only in the to time of need? Do you sometimes pray in your own words? Do you understand the words of your daily prayers? Do they make sense to you? Do you listen to God`s answer to your prayers?
Things to know:
Traditionally, Catholic prayers fall into four types:
Adoration: Praising God
Contrition: Asking for God’s forgiveness
Petition: Asking God for a favor
Thanksgiving: Showing God gratitudeWhen you pray personally, it`s good to have a little of each part. You can also add the fifth part: Intention. Very often, as we pray, God opens our eyes to things that we should change in our daily lives.