Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In our Bible Study yesterday, Praying over psalm 13, the leader of the Bible study used the sentence which is the title of this thread. It rang so true in my ears. If our prayer is authentic, and all God intends it to be, it is a way of giving ourselves to God that He may purify our hearts.
Psalm 13 is a precious gift as are all the inspired words of Scripture, and we listened especially to the verses I’ve put in bold below:
How long, LORD? Will you utterly forget me?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I carry sorrow in my soul,
grief in my heart day after day?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Look upon me, answer me, LORD, my God!
Give light to my eyes lest I sleep in death,
Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed,”
lest my foes rejoice at my downfall.
But I trust in your mercy.
Grant my heart joy in your salvation,
I will sing to the LORD,
for he has dealt bountifully with me!
The most significant reference for me in pondering the words “face of God” was the Beatitude:
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Mt. 5)
The second was the importance of the “light to my eyes” in the sense of those who looked on Jesus but did not have the light of Faith to See the face of God in Jesus.
I wanted to begin this thread on the importance of prayer as a follow-up to a thread I had started entitled “After Ireland” because the quotes in that thread by both Abbot Andersen and Cardinal Sarah regarding the importance of prayer impressed me. If we do not pray, and pray well, we are facing spiritual death. Not just in Ireland but all over the world.