It might seem like a bit too much to ask of a person for them to be praying night and day in the temple, or in the case of a Christian, a Church or Chapel. This is the case only if we have a very limited vision for prayer, that is, prayer is recitation of the devotional formulas in front of the Blessed Sacrament. There is far more to prayer than this! Our whole life ought to be one big prayer to God!

This is what the prophetess Anna is teaching us in today’s Gospel! Her life becomes a symbol or, better still, a living example of what all our lives should be – namely, a living sacrifice to God! The big question is: How is this possible in the midst of the busyness of our lives?

Any successful person will tell you that one of the keys to his or her success is the ability to prioritise well. It is important for us to realise that NOT every good thing we CAN do SHOULD be done. This can be hard to accept at first but is quite logical when we think it through properly. Jesus gave a certain priority to prayer in His life and ministry because he KNEW that this was the basis of His relationship with the Father. Without being in relationship with God through prayer, it is impossible to know what it is that God wants us to do! Is it not then ironic that the first thing to go in our lives when we get busy is usually our prayer time!? This does not happen in the lives of the saints and herein lies the key to holiness and success in the spiritual life. We must learn to give ABSOLUTE PRIORITY to prayer, as it is the basis of our relationship with God. Without prayer we do not have a hope of knowing what His will for our lives is!

Let us try to put this principle into practice and see how well it serves to help organise our lives according to the mind of God.

Is my prayer time the first thing to suffer when I get busy or feel tired? What can I do to try and keep prayer the main priority of every day?

Holy Spirit, you are the one who gives me the strength to remain faithful to the will of God. Help me to be committed to my daily prayer time so that I will always be aware of what it is that the Lord is asking me to do each day.