Change can be difficult to experience and accept.
We’re creatures of habit, and we get “comfortable” with our routines.
We usually want everything to take place in a particular way because we think we know best.
The truth is, we’re only able to see a small piece of the picture; our view is limited and narrow.
When we pray for a specific intention, events may start to occur and create a “shift.” This may appear to be different than what we prayed for, causing us to feel confused, uncomfortable or angry.
Even when we experience a “positive” change in our lives, we may feel resistant to accept it at first!
We may not realize that in order for prayers to be answered, some kind of change is usually involved.
God desires for us to speak to Him; He listens to us and hears all of our prayers (even those that we keep in our hearts and don’t express out loud).
Our prayers are always answered, though the answer may not be exactly what we want—and this can challenge us!
We don’t always receive what we want; however, we always receive what we need.
God knows what we need better than we do.
Sometimes the answer to our prayer intention is “no” or “not yet” because there’s a reason the event is happening, and something must come out of it first.
There’s often a process that takes place; the final result is always for a person’s highest good and for the good of their soul.
We’re called to be open to whatever God wills for us, even and especially when it means that our life will be altered.
How do we react when change enters our lives?
Do we fall into a state of fear or do we put our trust in God? Are we willing to accept transformation and allow God to work fully in our lives?
It’s easy to feel anxious when we’re faced with a new situation or unsure of what will happen.
It’s easy to feel discouraged when life does not appear to be going well or we can’t see a way out of a particular situation.
It’s easy to feel doubt when we rely solely on our own understanding and abilities.
If our initial response is fear, we must not remain in that state.
We must not allow the fear to have power over us. Instead, we must look to God, firmly place our lives in His hands and trust Him!
My initial desire was to write about a special feast day that’s approaching: Divine Mercy Sunday.
For reasons I’m unaware of, I felt that I needed to slightly alter my “plan” and be open to what God wanted!
Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter, which is this Sunday, April 8th. If you’d like to learn about the feast, and I recommend that you do, here’s a link with some information:
I intend to focus on trust, specifically what it means to trust God and how it’s developed, in the next post.
I promise there’s a connection between this post and Divine Mercy. You’ll just have to be patient and trust me…
“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day.” ~ St. Gianna Molla
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From “Catechism of the Catholic Church”:Why do we complain of not being heard? 2735 In the first place, we ought to be astonished by this fact: when we praise God or give him thanks for his benefits in general, we are not particularly concerned whether or not our prayer is acceptable to him. On the other hand, we demand to see the results of our petitions. What is the image of God that motivates our prayer: an instrument to be used? or the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ? 2736 Are we convinced that “we do not know how to pray as we ought”?23 Are we asking God for “what is good for us”? Our Father knows what we need before we ask him,24 but he awaits our petition because the dignity of his children lies in their freedom. We must pray, then, with his Spirit of freedom, to be able truly to know what he wants.25 2737 “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”26 If we ask with a divided heart, we are “adulterers”;27 God cannot answer us, for he desires our well-being, our life. “Or do you suppose that it is in vain that the scripture says, 'He yearns jealously over the spirit which he has made to dwell in us?'”28 That our God is “jealous” for us is the sign of how true his love is. If we enter into the desire of his Spirit, we shall be heard. Do not be troubled if you do not immediately receive from God what you ask him; for he desires to do something even greater for you, while you cling to him in prayer.29 God wills that our desire should be exercised in prayer, that we may be able to receive what he is prepared to give.30 23 Rom 8:26.24 Cf. Mt 6:8.25 Cf. Rom 8:27.26 Jas 4:3; cf. the whole context: Jas 4:1-10; 1:5-8; 5:16.27 Jas 4:4.28 Jas 4:5.29 Evagrius Ponticus, De oratione 34:PG 79,1173.30 St. Augustine, Ep. 130,8,17:PL 33,500.
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Thanks for sharing this excerpt from the Catechism. It’s interesting and ties in to the reflection.