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August 23, 2016 A.D.


Prayer with the heart cannot be learned like a subject in school. We have to experience prayer by our decision for it. In reality we learn through prayer. Our Lady tells us what prayer teaches us:


October 20, 1984

“…Prayer is useful for you because after prayer everything is clear. Prayer makes one know happiness. Prayer can teach you how to cry. Prayer can teach you how to blossom…”
 
 

A flower blooming in Medjugorje

A flower blossoming in Medjugorje, amidst old flowers that are fading and wilting. Our Lady continually refers to nature to help teach us about God.


Our Lady has taught many things about God and prayer. Often, She uses examples in nature to help us to understand. Medjugorje visionary Vicka speaks of some of those lessons Our Lady has taught us:


“…Our Lady gave us a beautiful example when She said all of you have a flower pot at home. If you water this flower every day, if you pour the right amount of water, you are going to see what it looks like – it is getting a beautiful rose.” It is almost the same example with our heart. If we put in our heart every day the right amount of prayer, our heart will be growing and blossoming like a beautiful rose. But if we don’t water the flower for a few days, we are going to see very soon what it looks like – as if it never existed before. The same thing happens with us. When the time for prayer comes, we may say, “Today I am tired, I will do my prayers tomorrow.” Tomorrow, by tomorrow, we never find the time for prayer, and in this way we let all bad influences enter into our heart. The Blessed Mother says, as one flower cannot live without water, we cannot live without God’s graces. Prayer with the heart we cannot study, we cannot learn prayer with the heart, but we can live prayer with the heart, making every day a step forward…”1


As we make that step of prayer each day, we learn that prayer is more than just a personal thing for each one. Our Lady tells of the consequences of our prayer:


July 30, 1987

“…prayer is the only way to save the human race…”


Our personal prayer, our connection to God and His communicating grace to us will save the human race. If you cannot seem to get started, do as a Friend of Medjugorje has often told: Think of prayer as the most heart to heart conversation you have ever had with someone. Only, in the instance of prayer, it is God you are talking to with no pretext, a simple heartfelt conversation with your God. Decide today, pray today, learn through prayer today, and begin to save the human race.

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Footnotes:
1. Medjugorje Visionary Vicka, May 23, 2008, recorded and transcribed by the Community of Caritas

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