Excerpt on Prayer from Hearing God’s Voice
Talk given by M. Nadine

“I came so that they might have Life and have It more abundantly.” (Jn 10:10)

Prayer is a gift, a gift to obtain Life. Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well, “If you but knew the gift of God” (Jn 4:23). Jesus is equating Life and prayer; worship being the highest form of prayer. This is the very heart of Jesus’ whole message.

In Genesis 19:17, Lot is told, “Flee into the hill country or you will die.” To flee into the hill country for us means to flee into an area of the heart – away from the noise and the busyness. It is to come apart into an area of the heart where God is, where the air is more purified, and into His presence, so we can hear. Prayer happens when we are in the hill country, because there is nobody else there but God. That is when we have the encounter with Life.

Jesus Himself said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6). Jesus is Life, and He also said, “I have come that you may have Life and have it in abundance” (Jn10:10). Prayer is the way we receive this Life in abundance. I see that it is my very lifeline, and it becomes a lifestyle. This is even more necessary for those of us who are in the world (but not of it). Mother Teresa of Calcutta saw the level of spiritual life in our country, and told us that the worst poverty she had ever seen was in America because of our spiritual poverty, the lack of Divine Life alive in our souls.

Paul says that we need to experience “the height, the depth, the length, the breadth of His love.” He said, “This is the experience of all the saints” and “This is why I kneel now before the Father, and I pray that you may have this experience” (cf. Eph 3:18-19). This is contemplative prayer, a gift of God’s love and life, the very gift of God Himself to us. It is communication, conversation, relationship, and encounter. It’s union! Jesus talks about this in His last priestly prayer when He prayed: “That they may all be one as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they may be one in Us.” (Jn 17:21). He is praying that we may have this gift of union.

“Father, they are your gift to Me. I wish that where I am they also may be with Me” (Jn 17:24)