If It Helps You Pray, Do It

Do you feel uninspired to pray? Is your heart conflicted with powerful emotions like resentment, worry, anger, self-pity, or jealousy? After experiencing divorce, these are all typical reactions. But these emotions can certainly make prayer a mundane and difficult task.

It might help you if you know the basic rule of prayer, which is: if “X” helps me pray, do it. If “X” doesn’t help me pray, don’t do it.

For some people, the rosary is a staple in their prayer life. No matter where they are or what situation they are in, the rosary is their life line. But the rosary might seem too complex or too rote for some people. Some people prefer to be outdoors in nature to help elevate their thoughts to God. Others prefer the quiet solace of a morning mass or an adoration chapel.

If you’re having trouble praying, try something different. Reading the book of Psalms or maybe, a book of daily reflections can help your dialogue with God, but the important thing is to “feed” your conversation with Jesus. It’s like having a diving board to dive off of into the pool of prayer.

No matter what works for you, remember that your best bet for recovering from divorce is staying connected to God. He loves you and will not forsake you.

I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit for apart from me, you can do nothing (John 15:5).

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