“Hey Christine, wait up!” A familiar high-pitch voice came from behind as she walks silently along the school pathway. She quickly turned to see Rachelle walking briskly towards her direction. Even from this distance, it’s quite easy to notice the smile beaming across her friend’s face.
She stopped walking and stood under the shade. A cool monsoon wind gently blows through the leaves of a nearby tree and played with her shoulder-length hair.
“Actually, I was planning to see you after class. Something’s bothering me.” she said in a low voice as they resumed walking.
Rachelle is 2 years older and so she often seeks her advise concerning spiritual matters. They share secrets and know each other’s silent hopes, dreams and fears.
“I see. Ok, first of all you must keep in mind that prayer is a conversation between man and the God who created him. It is a very relational and very personal thing. Yes, there are certain mechanics of prayer like that in the Lord’s prayer, but the way we pray is always unique to each individual.
But I think the most important thing is that we come as honest as we can. God loves it when we are authentic about what we feel or think. Think about prayer as if you are talking to your best friend. So if God is your best friend and you are honestly talking about what you feel, what could be wrong with that? I’m sure God will be willing to hear your giggles as you tell your stories, just like when I tell him my kilig stories.”
“Does God answer prayers about love?”
“God always answers prayers, not just about love. But you see, prayer is not what we do to change God’s mind. Contrary to what most people believe, we don’t pray to manipulate God. As if the more we pray, or the more sacrificial the prayer is, the more chances of making God work in our favor. No, it doesn’t work that way.”
“So how do I pray properly without trying to manipulate God? Do I tell Him what I want?”
“Again praying is an honest conversation. You were honest to me when you told me you had a crush on Leo. Honestly, I don’t like him for you, but I didn’t stop you from talking. Until you asked me for my opinion. That’s the time I told you my side. It’s the same with prayer. Prayer is not just about humans doing the talking and asking, but it’s also about listening to God, which is more important. It is about staying connected to Him and asking His will. It is asking God to help you in making decisions that honors him not just in love but life in general.”
“So how do I know what His answer is? Do I ask for signs?”
“Good question. You see, before you can know WHAT THE ANSWER to your prayer is, you first have to know HOW HE ANSWERS your prayer.”
She wanted to ask more questions, but she’s already late for her first subject. She hurried towards Room 106 and entered just in time her name was called for attendance. Saved by the bell.