God gave me a little gift in the form of an answered prayer on the eve of the feast of Christ the King. I had been asking for direct instruction. How do I pray? He gave me a simple scenario that I can apply to my prayer life.
God has always had a way of teaching me through my own personal parables per se. I think He does this for all of us, if we take time to pay attention.
Gasp. I hate spiders. All insects really.
I had to decided what was the best course of action, and if it demanded me waking “fussy diapers” who was finally in a peaceful slumber. I was alert. I was focused. I was not going to waste anytime. My baby was about to have this spider drop on him.
Lord Jesus, please cover spider with your precious blood. In your name I beg you, remove any evil from it. Lord, this spider is yours. Please command it to find its way out and not disturb my baby. (I really REALLY hate spiders….but not as high as centipedes. Those really creep me out!)
Within a few seconds of this prayer I moved to the co-sleeper slightly over and a few seconds more the spider gently plopped onto to a place where I could pick it up and shoo it outside. Away from the baby. Everyone was safe. Even the spider.
I have been praying for God to show me how to pray, and here – the epic saga of me and this spider- God gave me the grace to experience the pattern of prayer I should follow.
From my personal parable I learned to stop, call upon him immediately, and wait. And while waiting, continue to pray unceasingly. Do this without anxiety or fear so that your senses are alert and you can listen to his promptings.
God knows to start small with me. Experiences like this I find to be the most helpful analogies that I can easily recall later when I’m faced with greater matters – or greater spiders. I’m sure He gives you your own sagas. Pay attention. ( I’d love to hear about yours if you would like to share below 🙂 )
Pray and do not have any anxiety at all for Christ is King.