Our prayers are needed for the many women and children worldwide who are trafficked. Our prayers are needed for those who live in fear due to their Christian faith. Our prayers are needed for those in positions of power that Christ may send the Holy Spirit on them to guide them.
But what is prayer? How should we pray? Our prayers require us to spend time in the presence of God. We must clear our minds, clearing the desk of our mind, welcoming into it God. Preparing a place for Him in our heart, means we should clear out our thoughts and sit patiently for him before we begin our prayers. When we begin to pray, we should not speak hurriedly, but speak softly as we would speak to our dearest friends. We should speak reverently asking the Holy Spirit to lead us. If our prayers become dry, then we can turn to the written prayers of the Saints who can speak for us and their words can help us be lifted into the presence of the divine and nourish our soul. Our prayer life is where the soul, the eternal fragment of the breath of God within us, is enlivened and springs to life and so it needs that time with God for it to grow and flourish. When we finish our prayer, it should not be something we race away from and leap back into the world, with TV, books and other distractions - instead we need to leave open a space of silence, a space for God to share with us His heart for our lives and those around us. Prayer is where the soul is deepened, receives wisdom and builds our own character closer to how God sees us and allows Christ to share his own heart of love for the world with us. So let us pray for those who hate the Christian message of love and charity. Let us pour petitions at the feet of God for the children and women who are trafficked. For the broken world as it stands.