I Pray as I Live

There is a line I was reading in the Catechism (CC 2725) that got my attention. “We pray as we live, because we live as we pray.” Its under the section called the “battle of prayer”. It says “The battle of prayer is inseparable from the necessary “spiritual battle” to act habitually according to the Spirit of Christ.”

Prayer is a battle, an epic one really. It has to do with me and eternity and I cannot retreat, I must press on (with the help of heaven). When I pray I feel connected with God. I have peace. My soul is docile, my heart is open, and I can say, Your will be done.

Back to the title, I pray as I live. If I pray mechanically, in a hurry, with little thought, no compassion….unfortunately this is a mirror for how I am living. I would like to separate them and excuse my hurriedness. But I can’t lie to myself. So I beg you Lord, help me in my weakness to pray with a heart fixed on you. Because I want to live with a heart fixed on you. Help me to pray with fervor, trust, faith, hope, and compassion. For this is how I want to live.

When I look at myself I know I will fall short, but with God nothing is impossible.

Pray for us Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

2 Replies to “I Pray as I Live”

  1. There is a Catholic saying which dates to at least the 4th century, “Lex orandi, lex credendi.” It translates the law of prayer is the law of belief. That is to say how we pray reflects and forms what we believe and in turn how we live our lives. This saying was moreso intended as a statement of the liturgy, but I found it to be an interesting link to your post! Thanks David!

  2. We are not meant to do this alone. For the longest time, my spiritual life and real life have been separate from each other. With one influencing the other. I’m starting to learn they are one in the same. My prayer life needs to be my real life. I need to live out my prayers and the graces God gives me through them.
    Thanks for such a great read David.

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