In case you haven’t noticed from by blog title, I am passionate about the power of prayer. I’ve witnessed miracles and had mystical encounters that have motivated me to reorient my entire life towards God. For the last 15 years, every time I try to go further and faster toward an external calling, I wind up instead being drawn more deeply into a life of prayer and contemplation-I believe that prayer in and of itself is a big part of God’s plan for my life.
As wonderful as it has been to develop a strong prayer life during my years as a stay at home mom, it has also been a struggle to accept the invisibility of this calling into a deeper life of spirituality, partially because I haven’t always had the language to talk about it or even an understanding of all the facets of it – I’ve been learning as I go. Plus, contemplative prayer is inherently a battle against self, which has challenged me to my core, alongside the challenges inherent in motherhood.
It’s always a gift to find a nugget of wisdom from a faith hero, which affirms the validity of my path and helps me stay the course. One guiding light for me is Saint Teresa of Avila, who was made a doctor of the church, due partially to her ability to articulate the invisible journey of prayer in her spiritual classic The Interior Castle.
When I’m tempted to doubt my calling to invest time to the invisible art of prayer her words comfort me:
God alone is enough.
Let nothing upset you,
let nothing startle you.
All things pass;
God does not change.
all it seeks.
Whoever has God
God alone is enough
Deep down I know she’s right: God Alone Is Enough. And the more time I spend in prayer, the more He has become the natural desire of my heart. I want all of my actions flow from a deep sense of connection with Him, and I am committed on working toward that goal throughout my life.
Through my writing, I hope to encourage others to incorporate more prayer into their lives and provide a language for the blessings and burdens we are likely to encounter on the spiritual pathway, kind of like Saint Teresa did, only in a more modern (and in far less groundbreaking way).
Especially in our society, where we are encouraged to move quickly through our days, I think we all need reminders of how powerful prayer really is and the importance of slowing down to cultivate a deeper life of faith.
Where are you at in your prayer life? Do you feel connected to God at this point of your faith journey? What kind of blessings and challenges have you faced in time spent contemplating God?
God, give us the grace to trust You enough to answer Your calling into a deeper life of prayer. Fill us with a desire to know You better, and give us the strength to persevere into an ever-deeper relationship with you, so all of our actions can be aligned with Your will. In Jesus name we pray, Amen