“The goodness of God is the highest object of prayer, and it reaches down to our lowest need. It quickens our soul and gives it life, and makes it grow in grace and virtue.”
— St. Julian of Norwich
Prayer has the power to move us deeply in the direction of closeness to God. Yet, so few realize this power. Too often prayer is used simply as a means of asking God for something. And will God receives such requests, God also wants us to know that prayer has the power to guide our lives in such a way that our requests are often realized before we even ask.
Every human being encounters the presence of God daily. God is always here with us. The problem for most people is that we have one of awareness. We tend not to pay attention to how God is seeking to move our hearts and wills in a direction for our own benefit.
In each human life, the good spirit is striving to get us to choose the path that leads us toward God’s will while there are false spirits that work to lead us toward lies and twisted truths. Unless we are aware of this continual battle we are likely to make bad or wrong choices. A willingness to pray for an awareness of God’s presence and guidance can help us become more open to the truth and the good of God.
There was a time in the beginning of this country that the desire to be in God’s will and to live a life of faith was more important than economic advantage or pursuits of personal pleasure and power. It was a time in which the French political scientist and early sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville made the claim, “America is great because America is good. That good came because of our early focus on faith.
Over the decades, America began to loose this spiritual focus. And while American has had its sins and shortcomings, the orientation toward good continued as long as the spiritual focus was strong. Now, organized religions had replaced the divine/human relationship focus, thus the influence of the church has little impact on the soul of our country. Prayer has become politicized along with the dogma of faith. Single issues take priority over overall goodness. Being more Christlike is not even mentioned by people who consider themselves religious.
If we would make America good again we must again become seekers of God’s will through our own individual discernment rather than letting “leaders” decide for us. We must have a shift in values from that which is temporary to that which is eternal. And, perhaps more importantly of all, we need to remember who we are and why we are. Then, perhaps, we can come together and make America good again.
“Know this: just as the wood of the ark saved the just from drowning, so too, by the mystery of His wooden Cross, does Christ, the Church’s God and King, save us from drowning in the sea of this world. In the symbol of a thing made of wood He gave human beings a foreshadowing of both the judgment to come and the salvation of the just.” — St. Augustine