You may recall the phrase “What would Jesus do?” Now I want to write about another question: What does Jesus want to hear when you pray to Him?
The question came to mind when I thought how Jesus might want us to pray. There is no real formula, but there is the beginning (ask Him to be with you), the middle (where you and He converse) and then the ending (where you say thanks and say good night, or see You later). So I decided jot a few things down to be more clear what I think Jesus might want to hear when we pray to Him. I’m not a great expert, but I have read a few books and listened to a few homilies in my years on earth. So here goes (just think of these and see where maybe you could add a few more things of your own – make the list long!):
- You call His name and ask Him to be with you.
- You tell him how you did that day (p.m.) or how you are grateful for the new day (a.m.).
- He wants you to be as candid as you can be. Give him a lot of ideas on how you wish your day should have been, how you could have done things better, ask His help on some knotty problem!
- Talk to Him like He was your best friend because He is. Tell Him you aren’t that happy about someone who is such and such, or tell Him you think that someone you should love is not lovable to you. Things that bother you about the establishment, politics (He won’t take sides in this – He wants your opinion) or, even how the Church is being run. Tell Him anything as long as you think this is true. Just be frank and open. No holds barred. He’s there for you.
- Ask Him to watch over you, your spouse, children, parents, siblings, friends – the guy down the street whoever you like – even the President. He will.
- Tell Him your needs, your wishes; make it something big, or just a small wish even. You can start small and then ask Him to help with something big – if it’s something good for you.
- Ask Him to help you to believe that dreams do come true
- Make Him happy by telling Him that you love Him, that you are grateful for His blessings, that you want to believe in Him more and more.
- Make Him be your constant friend and companion.
- Let Him be Your guide and ask Him to be with you in your work, your play and your quiet rest times