FROM THE PASTOR:
Some Practical Hints for Meditation and Prayer
When you want to meditate and pray for any particular intention or your regular prayer, sit motionless on a straight chair, with spine erect and calm your mind. Know that a wet match cannot be ignited, so a mind saturated with doubts and restlessness is unable to produce the fire of concentration. Ask the Lord to guide you and lead you in prayer. Express your faith in God and forgive every one unconditionally that your heart is pure and holy and ask the Lord for forgiveness of all the sins that you have committed. You may thank the Lord for all that He has done for you from the beginning of your life.
You may read a paragraph from the Bible or till you are touched by it. With eyes closed and lifted to the point of spiritual concentration on the passage read; visualize it until it becomes part of you. Meditate deeply on it until the essence touches you and keeps you calm. As your meditation becomes deeper, increase your devotion and mentally offer the prayer as your own heart’s outburst. Imbue yourself with faith that your heart’s craving, expressed through this specific prayer, is being felt by God and listening to you. Don’t be in hurry to get up but be in the same state and spend some time in the presence of the Lord enjoying His presence. Some temptations might come but don’t worry, they will pass away. It is enough that you don’t entertain any temptation or invite any temptation. Conclude your prayer with the prayer “Our Father …” Then go about your duties, seeking not to know whether God will grant your prayer or not. Unceasingly on a regular basis, meditate and pray to God and when you feel Him, you will get an answer to your prayer as a child of God.
Rev. Louis Reddy Maramreddy