An Unexpected Guest

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Prayer

And yet, in the New Testament, we read these amazing words:

Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. (Rev. 3:20)

Strange, isn’t it? When we say, "If there is a God who can hear me…" do we know that God is also trying to be heard?

"Study the Word of God and let it enlighten your minds and hearts," says John Paul II.

"I let Jesus speak to me," says one young woman. As in all relationships, prayer is not a one-way street!

Open the door to your heart

The first step towards dialogue is to open your heart, to let the Word of God enter and live in your house. But be careful…the guest is unpredictable! He might come in through silence and meditation, of course, but also through the hubbub of studying, working, sports and recreation. Through a friend who has upset your plans. Through the poor person who asks for your time or money. Through the people in a developing country who depend on the solidarity of their brothers and sisters across the world. Through conversations with your family, your co-workers or though political discussions. In a safe place or your room or in a public place.

Does all this have something to do with prayer? Yes, all this and more. "Day after day, you will receive new energy to help you to bring comfort to the suffering and peace to the world," says John Paul II.

When Jesus wanted to pray, he went into the desert, but he didn’t do this every day. Some Christian communities, when they want to pray, go to church, but their prayer is not confined to the church. Christian prayer is not just words; it is arms and hands, too.

Those who open the door of their hearts to God find themselves close to God. These may be the saints who are recognized by the Church, but also others, such as our family members and friends who have died but who, during their lives, had let themselves be touched by the love of God.

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