So I’ve been focusing lately on doing more meditative prayer. Each day when I get up I either do 10-15 minutes of meditative prayer or I have a set time in which I will do it. With this particular week I am dropping my kids of for Vacation Bible School every morning so I decided that I would do my meditation in the sanctuary in front of the tabernacle. I decided to use the ACTS method where I spend a little time praying in the following forms
As I’ve gotten more accustomed to daily prayer life I’ve had much more focus and peace in my life even when the current circumstances in my life would deem that it should be chaotic and stressful. It just hasn’t because at the end of the day I realize I’m not in charge. I’m just as dependent on God as everyone else the only difference maybe is that I’m taking time each day to realize that fact.
The one lasting thing I came away from my prayer the other day is that God is lonely in the sanctuary. I do weekly adoration and I’ve never gotten that sense, but today was different. With perpetual adoration people are scheduled to be there with Jesus in the Eucharist every day every hour and for the most part He’s rarely left alone. But the sense that I got from God in the the sanctuary the other day is that God is lonely. Even though there were hundreds of people who were at church that day to drop off and pick up their kids at vacation bible school there wasn’t one that came into the sanctuary for a just a moment of prayer. During my short time there I just got the overwhelming question from God as to why no one stopping in to see Him, where had I been? Hundreds of people were less than 50 feet away and no one was stopping in to say hello. I’m not trying to judge people for not stopping in as I know I rarely have myself stopped to pray unless I coming for Mass or Confession.
If we have a good friend we call them, we stop by, we check in on them to see how they’re doing even to just talk for a few minutes. I believe God was putting on my heart that he wants that same type of relationship with me and with you. He is waiting there for me (and you) in the tabernacle waiting for us to come and be with Him. Yes God is everywhere and yes I can pray anywhere but I got the sense God wants more than that type of friendship he wants to be with me and around me. So I hope I will take more opportunities as I drive by church to stop and go in, to sit there and be with Him, to take the time to quiet my mind, to stop being busy, and spend some time with God to adore Him, to ask His forgiveness, to thank Him, and to let Him know what I think I need.