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    Why We Pray

    Jesus our Role Model

    "After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone:” (Matthew 14:23)

    "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

    "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (Luke 5:16)

    "One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” (Luke 6:12)

    Jesus prayed often, for example after a hard day’s work, before making big decisions, before a mission or simply to be in communion with the Father.

    Likewise, as His followers we should do the same. Amidst our busy lives in a noisy world, we ought to pray often in order to stay connected with God. As branches of the vine, we cannot do anything without Him.

    Praying allows us to build a stronger bond with God, hear Him in our hearts and discern His will for us, and to draw strength from Him to deal with our many challenges as we soldier on to be His disciples.

    Praying helps us find God in all the moments of our lives.

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    Reflection of Archbishop William Goh:

    "To encounter the Fatherly love of God, we must learn to pray in a childlike way using the Lectio Divina and Ignatian contemplation. We must pray in a simple way by immersing and absorbing the Word of God until a certain phrase or word receives our attention. As we meditate on the Word of God, chew on it, and engage in a dialogue with the Lord. The end result is that we begin to hear God speaking personally to our hearts. The other way of entering into the heart of God is through the method taught by St Ignatius, which is to pray the scriptures using fantasy, that is, putting ourselves in the characters of the Bible as we enter into their feelings, thoughts and mind of each character. In this way, we make the gospel scenes come alive."

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