1 June 2017
We see an image of a saint and we wonder: What’s prayer like for that person? Or we see someone in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament and we might think: I wonder how they’re experiencing prayer right now . . . Are they talking to God? Is God talking to them? Are their eyes closed in meditation, or are they sleeping?
And we wonder because, of course, we want to pray…correctly. We want to make sure we’re doing it right. And that’s fine and good. Even Jesus’ prayer to the Father can be instructive for us. We heard that, “Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: ‘I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word.’” And he calls his Father, “Righteous,” and expresses his desire that “they may be one as we are one, I in them and you in me.”
John gives us a glimpse into the prayer life—the relationship—between God the Father and God the Son. And we see there’s an expression of desire, desire from the heart, an unselfish prayer; a prayer, a wish, a hope that everyone may experience “glory”. We see that the Son is the Son, and he approaches the Father as the Father; they are distinct, and yet, they share everything completely, openly and honestly.
And, with that glimpse into Jesus’ heart, we see how our prayer life with him might be like. A conversation, an expression of our heart’s desires, our frustrations, our hopes…for ourselves and for others. Approaching the Lord as the Lord, and we as his brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, friends, handmaids of the Lord.
We often don’t see how others pray, and so it can be hard to know ourselves what prayer is like. And so we have a great treasure in this prayer of Jesus. He gives us a little help, a little guidance when we’re wondering: What is prayer like?