January 25, 2000 – “Dear children! I call you, little children, to pray without ceasing. If you pray, you are closer to God and He will lead you on the way of peace and salvation. That is why I call you today to give peace to others. Only in God is there true peace. Open your hearts and become those who give a gift of peace and others will discover peace in you and through you and in this way you will witness God’s peace and love which He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Our Lady’s call to “pray without ceasing” directly echoes Scripture:
Pray constantly… [1 Thessalonians 5:17]
Prayer is a vital function in faith; a means of direct communication with God the Father. It’s incredibly difficult to live faith, or even claim to know Him, if there’s zero prayer involved.
We nurture our relationships with others in life by keeping in contact with them, right? In the same way, we must do so with our relationship with the Lord. We cannot just simply say, “I believe” and expect Him to take care of the rest without giving Him even a moment of our time. If we do that, then we’re not as close to God as we may assume.
“If you pray, you are closer to God and He will lead you on the way of peace and salvation.”
In prayer we are offering our self-will to Him, we’re conversing with Him, inviting Him into our lives; we share with Him everything that’s on our minds and hearts, and allowing ourselves the opportunity to be brought closer to and guided by a Father Who loves us more than we can imagine, and Who knows precisely what we need better than we do ourselves.
Prayer is healing, powerful, consoling, and purifying! It should simply always be on hearts and lips.
By staying connected to God through prayer, we also open ourselves to great graces and revelations. Here’s a great explanation of the wonders of prayer from St. Lawrence Justinian:
“In prayer the soul cleanses itself from sin, charity is nourished, faith is strengthened, hope is made secure, the spirit rejoices, the soul grows tender, the heart is purified, truth discovers itself, temptation is overcome, sadness takes to flight, the senses are renewed, failing virtue is made good, tepidity disappears, the rust of sin is rubbed away. In it are brought forth flashes of heavenly desire, and in these fires the flame of divine love burns up.”
We gain so much through prayer! It’s no wonder our Heavenly Mother often reminds us to never stop praying! How much peace God gives us through prayer by filling us with His graces, and healing us!
So, with this peace we receive through prayer, we are then better able to be the living witnesses of God’s peace, just as Our Lady mentioned.
“That is why I call you today to give peace to others. Only in God is there true peace. Open your hearts and become those who give a gift of peace and others will discover peace in you and through you and in this way you will witness God’s peace and love which He gives you.”
Our peace comes from God, not the world. He is true peace. And with this True Peace living within us we become His carriers of peace where He is able to transmit it to others to discover. This is how our peace will be a gift to others around us because will be carrying Christ Himself; the True Peace!
Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. [John 14:27]
May we make more of an effort to give time to prayer, to enter into a conversation with the Lord, where we’re able to surrender ourselves completely to Him Who loves us so. May we learn to entrust ourselves completely to Him, and to give praise and glory to Him all the days of our lives for all He gives to us in love and mercy. And may our Blessed Mother pray with us and for us to her Son, and teach us to truly pray with the heart. May she guide us always to Jesus, her Son, and help us, her children, to comprehend the immense value of prayer in our lives.