31 Oct 2019
Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!
Growing up, I always heard the phrase “God bless you”. We say it to someone who just sneezed, to someone who is going to work or somewhere, or to someone who will take an examination. We say our blessings to each other before and after any activity. Do we say it because it has been our practice ever since? Or do we really mean to say those blessings to others?
When we say “God bless you” or “God bless”, we are already saying a prayer. Many would say that they don’t know how to pray. They don’t realize that they are already actually praying. We have this connotation that praying is only when we ask God for something. We sometimes forget that whispering, “Praise the Lord” is already a prayer. When we say “Thanks be to God”, it is already a prayer. A prayer should not be a complicated thing. For starters, let us remember ACTS. I learned this first from my Mom. A is for Adoration of our Lord. It is when we say praise to Him. C is for Contrition. It is when we seek forgiveness for our sins. T is for Thanksgiving. It is when we show how grateful we are. S is for Supplication. It is one of my favourite parts because it is when I ask for all the things that I need.
ACTS is just a guide and we should not be anxious when we pray to God. It is not a required procedure that we must follow, word for word. Prayer is a communication with God. We just talk to Him like how we normally talk to our friends.
Quoting our Psalm today: “Loud thanks to the Lord are on my lips. I will praise him in the midst of the throng…”
(Today’s Oxygen by Beryl Baterina)
Prayer: Father God, please grant us the Holy Spirit and teach us how to pray. Amen.
Thanksgiving: Thank you Father God for giving us the capability to bless others through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.