3. Communicate the desire for prayer
Is it possible to communicate to others that do not know God, our desire to glorify Him ? Yes, it is possible in the measure in which we are so assiduous in prayer that we have to have penetrated deep in God and we are so full of Him that we can donate Him to others. Is not enough an apostolate made of words and announcements , it is needed an orientation to the contemplative life of prayer, without which the ministry is likely to be more for personal glory then for the glory of God and this proclamation risks to become just like a propaganda. A Christianity that does not provide a genuine life of contemplation can become really ‘opium of the people’; must be ‘contemplatives in action’. This is basically the challenge common to the saints of all time, to the first and greatest act of love towards the neighbour , which is satisfying his real needs: the union with God, the source of all satisfaction, source of all joy and peace.
Along with the material bread that nourishes the body and that of knowledge, which nourishes the mind, it should be bestowed upon the spiritual bread of prayer that nourishes the soul and brings a discernment of what is really important. This gift, however, you may distribute only if you have one, that is, if we have firstly experienced the beauty of the intimate and personal friendship with God
It realizes what the Apostle John was never tired of repeating the his writings:
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life…… We proclaim to you…
(1 John 1:1-3)
John speaks here of his intimacy with the Son of God, that is not an isolated experience, but is the result of a sensitive knowledge in some way that might be experienced by everyone. This is not just a passing emotion, but a reality that involves the life , a meeting of intimate experience with Him, to know him as a living person. The privileged place for this meeting is prayer. Christian prayer is realized in Jesus and for Jesus, because He is our path to the Father and the Father comes to us through Jesus, calling for our response. Our answer is, of course, remain in Jesus, establish a personal relationship with him and let him pray in us (continued)