DAILY READINGS: THOUGHTS AND MEDITATIONS
YOUR SENSE OF VALUES AND THE SPIRITUAL LIFE
What you consider to be important things in life depends upon your sense of values. If a large bank balance, a hectic social life and a desire to be popular with your contemporaries have priority in your life, it reveals that your sense of values is lopsided. Experience has shown that these and similar motives often lead to disillusionment. Great wealth does not always impart peace and satisfaction; a high social position and being the life and soul of the party can often become a wearisome and frustrating life. The hard truth is that if your life lacks a spiritual awareness, it lacks a firm foundation. Our Blessed Lord clearly taught that life is a spiritual experience and its success or failure depends upon your relationship with the Living God - the creator Spirit. There are things that are more real than the things that you can see and touch. This is especially true when your emotions are stirred and the forces of pride, bitterness and hatred, anger and strife are released into your personality. All are unseen but their fruits are well known.
Christ's message and personality calls you into a new relationship with God. He promises that if you surrender yourself to Him, He will remake and revitalise your life and implant within you a new sense of values. Possessing spiritual values you will be able to differentiate between the important and the unimportant things of life. Grant me Divine Father the gift of discernment so that I may know what is really important.
PERSEVERING IN PRAYER
Prayer is an integral part of the Christian life. Jesus prayed and taught His disciples to pray. The Scriptures teach the necessity of prayer and those who are trying to walk in Christ's steps feel the need to pray. While Christians acknowledge the truth of these statements, the majority of them still have difficulty in developing a meaningful and effective prayer life. Probably the greatest weakness in the lives of individual Christians is lack of payer. They are prepared to work and sacrifice for Our Blessed Lord but become uneasy and embarrassed when He quietly says "Come to me".
Many Christians do not pray, because even they feel it is futile. Others complain that whenever they try to pray, their thoughts and imaginations go on the rampage and they cannot concentrate. So they struggle on trying to be Christians and know very little about the effectiveness and reality of prayer in their lives. If you are prepared to give the cultivation of an effective prayer life top priority and make this your goal, you will find the Holy Spirit working within you towards this end. Your reading will be dedicated to this purpose and you will share experiences with those who have the same goal. As your desire to pray grows stronger, so will your knowledge of God increase and you will understand His plan for your life as it unfolds through prayer.