If someone asked me whether prayers are heard and answered, I would reply with a definite “Yes!” Prayer is offering words and thoughts to the Triune God – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Prayer is also listening to God during a time of silence or meditation. I know prayers ‘work’ because I believe in God, Creator of the Universe. I believe He knows each one of us and He knows me! This gives me hope and it is a great consolation.
Most especially recently, my younger brother was taken to Emergency Hospital due to kidney failure and other complications. He almost died from those complications that night. His Potassium level was extraordinarily high at 15.2. The normal level should be 2! The medical staff was astonished at this high number and commented on how “people just don’t live with that level.” My family asked friends, clergy and religious communities to pray for my brother. My husband Tom phoned our pastor Father Dennis, who came to administer the Sacrament of the Sick, also called the Sacrament of Anointing, which is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. Three days later, his kidneys are functioning on their own and his vital signs have improved tremendously!
I praise God for my brother’s improvement! We know he is alive today because of God’s “look” upon him, a good medical staff and the many prayers offered for him!
Prayer is so fundamental. It is our ‘connection’ with God who we don’t see but are assured of His Presence!
One of my favorite Saints in Heaven is St. Anthony of Padua, who lived in the 12th Century. He was a Franciscan priest, a theologian, professor of the faith and preached often on the importance of prayer. He offers us four indispensable attitudes which are described as follows:
1) Open one’s heart confidently to God
2) Speak affectionately with him
3) Present to him our needs
4) Praise him and thank him
Pray – and know your prayers are heard by God and answered, according to His Divine will.
“In prayer we should freely unburden ourselves to God, telling him, our Lord and Master in the most familiar and confidential way, everything, great and small, much or little. … We should open our heart, pouring it all out to him without reserve; revealing our whole self; as with a friend on whom one relies and to whom one confides both the good and the bad.”
St. Jane Frances de Chantal