Preparation for Prayer
We should neither tempt God, nor offend Him, by rushing into prayer unprepared. We should have an intention for our prayer. The word ALTAR presents us with the main motives for prayer.
The letter “A” is for adoration, which is the primary duty of man toward God. Just look at the power of God’s creation! Let us adore Him!
The “L” is for love. He created us in love, to share His love with us. God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us. Love is reciprocal. That love must be returned.
The “T” is for thanksgiving. Our Lord would often give thanks to His heavenly Father, thus giving us the example of gratitude.
The second “A” is for asking. Our Lord commanded us: “Ask and you shall receive….All things whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.”
Finally, the “R” is for reparation. We are all sinners who need to do penance and prayer is a form of penance.
By Fr. Helmuts Libietis