It was a talk about prayers. There are a few parts to it. Some notes
that I copied down (I decided to always bring my notebook along for
talks like these…)
Why do we need to pray?
It’s for acknowledging the fact that we need God
Reciting prayers vs. Praying
How to listen to God more clearly? (a few requirements)
Elements of Prayers
Why we sometimes feel prayers are dull and dry?
It’s our gift to God when we pray to Him despite the fact that we might find prayers dull.
A Gauge of Spiritual Health
On my way home after the talk, I seem to have the answer to the
question I asked last night. I figured that I don’t need to know what
my life is for, or what dream/wish I’m supposed to pursue. I only need
to know the direction to pursue. If I follow God, He will lead me to
where I should be. This reminds me of a past UI assignment, we were to
implement some classic "rectangular block" game. There is this block
that is supposed to constantly move across the screen towards one
direction until it hits the bottom. Stupid me, when I was first
thinking how to program it, I was thinking in terms of the position of
the block. And then after lying on the bed to think for quite a while, I
realize the position doesn’t matter, I just need to know the vector (i.e. the direction) of where the block should move… Yes, the direction alone is enough, I don’t need to know where it will be.
I thought for a while… And then I looked in the yahoo dictionary:
5. 枷鎖;束縛;統治[the S][(+of)]
6. 紐帶;聯結[the S][(+of)]
This yoke is something that you need to first put on yourself, before
you can carry any burden. If you don’t first establish this foundation
(I think it’s our faith in Christ), you won’t be able to carry any
burdens. All Christians who share the same foundation of trust in
Christ, are all related (like the oxen sharing the same yoke), we’re
brothers and sistsers, sharing each other’s burdens in a sense, through
the intercession of prayers.
As for 俘虜, there’s a very lo to saying "愛的俘虜 ", if’ I am to be 俘虜ed,
I’d rather be 俘虜ed by Christ. By accepting his gentle yoke, we are
entrusting everything to God, with His help, any burdens is okay,
everything will be alright. And yeah, I wish I can be 統治ed by Him. So I
won’t sin, I won’t be enslaved by my weaknesses…
Not only we’re related with the other Christian brothers and sisters
with the yoke… By putting on the yoke on ourselves, we’re tied with
Christ. We are one. Like the "10 room’s story"
Amy mentioned about, it’s about giving your entire house to Jesus,
we’re no longer the owner of the house, we just live there… Any
challenges/temptations/attacks to the house will be handled by Jesus,
no longer by us.
Lord, without you, any burdens (may not even be burdens at all!) seem
heavy. With you, any burden is light. Please help me take on your
And if you want to perceive someone in a better way, you’ll see him/her
in a better way… you just have to be the one who takes the
initiative. 你覺得佢斤斤計較咩? 你就應該先對佢慷慨… 原來你做主動對人好, 人地係feel到嘅
或者大家早已明白此道理, 我應該都曾經明白過, 但唔知由幾時開始唔記得咗… 唔至淨係對天主, 原來對親人都要抱開放態度, 只要你肯留心, 你會發現原來佢地係好好嘅
This realization makes me understand… if we want to establish a real close/loving relationship with someone (person or God), we need to give ourselves up, we need to be vulnerable in front of this person/God. Only by doing so, we can experience the closeness in this relationship… In this secular world, so often times we’re trying to establish walls/safety net to protect ourselves. It’s precisely this mentality that prevents us from getting what we really want – true love.
Whoo~ I’m glad that I come to this realization. I believe it’s the work of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Can’t be no more clearer than this. The idea that "the road to follow Christ isn’t easy to walk" is not new to me. But I’m so dumb… I wouldn’t interpret the meaning of that, I’d just remember the quote rather than understanding the idea. The road to follow Christ isn’t easy to walk… why is it not easy? It’s precisely because God’s will is often times against my will.
I was discussing with Maria today, about making choices. We’re often faced with choices, but the problem sometimes is, we aren’t even aware of the decision point. We automatically go for our will, as oppose to God’s will. (And we didn’t notice anything bad for our will…) And we don’t even have that classic scene with angel arguing with the devil. The devil has taken over… Why is that possible? It’s precisely because we aren’t guided by God. And that’s because we haven’t prayed enough, God still hasn’t become a central part of our lives.
One of the nice quotes from GT05 by Fr. Francis Ching: the world doesn’t revolve around your plans, the world revolves around God’s plans. And that is because our plans have flaws…
If we truly believe God knows what’s best for us, there shouldn’t be any question with obeying his will, we just have to have faith in Him – knowing He is going to lead us to the best.
Lord, please, help me have faith in You~ I can only find peace in Your presence.