Honesty and Consistency

An acquaintance once said to me that there are only two things a person can actually contribute to good prayer: consistency and honesty. I recently re-introduced myself to this concept in his book “God Help Me–How to Grow in Prayer.” It is often very difficult to feel as though our prayer is bearing any fruit in our lives. As I indicated in my last post we have a tendency to just give up when prayer becomes difficult or doesn’t appear to bear any fruit. This is why the concept of consistency and honesty are so important.

It is extremely important to remain consistent in your prayer life, especially when it is dry. I have had a very difficult time in my life with remaining consistent in my prayer. In those times that I have remained consistent, I have felt closer to Christ and in a deeper relationship with Him. No relationship will be a good one without some consistency in it. The same holds true in your relationship with Christ.

Likewise, no relationship will be a good one without honesty. You need to be honest with God in your prayers. This one is a bit more difficult for me to figure out, because to be truly honest I need to be able to reach the depths of my inner being and truly see myself on an intimate level. This has been very difficult for me to do. Just ask my wife. She knows me better than I do. You may ask why it’s important to be honest with God. He does know everything about us, why do we need to tell it to Him? It’s not for Him, but for us. God wants us to know ourselves as he knows us and being truly honest with yourself in your relationship with Him will help us to see ourselves as God sees us.

God truly desires to be in a relationship with us. Likewise, we should truly desire to be in a relationship with Him. This relationship can only occur if we have some honesty and consistency in our prayer life. It is through these things, the only things we can control, that we will come to know God and ourselves better.

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  1. "It's not for Him, but for us."

    Good reminder.

  2. Nice post. I agree with your comments about the difficulty of sticking with prayer. I struggle with this as well. The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the prayer life as the “Battle of Prayer” which is spot on.

    Have you read Fr. Dubay’s “Fire Within”? Awesome book on prayer.

    God bless,
    Tom

  3. Thank you both for your comments! I am truly passionate about getting my prayer life back in order. I now schedule it into my day. I have not read Fr. Dubay’s book yet, but I will add it to my growing list of books to read.

    God Bless,
    Tim

  4. Hey Tim, great message as usual. Yes, consistency is the key. Please remind me every day, and be consistent with it!

    And hey, the solution to the job search ended up with me just inventing a job since I have trouble finding one that fits my particular skill set. I am starting an Energy Consulting Firm specializing in Energy Tax Credits for Businesses. Thank you so much for praying for me and my family.

    Have an awesome weekend!

    Dan


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