Thoughts for December 23 from Fr Willie Doyle

“He went out into a mountain to pray; and He passed the whole night in the prayer of God” (Luke 6. 12).

Christ prays, on His knees, humbly, reverently. I watch Him well during this great act of His life. Lord, teach me how to pray like You.

He goes up into a mountain, away from all that may distract Him. He leaves His preaching, His work, even the thought of it, behind. In quiet and solitude He goes on His knees, humbly as a creature, reverently as a child.

He had gone through a long hard day s work, He was weary, longing for rest and sleep. Yet He passed the whole night in the prayer of God. To teach me the need of prayer, to teach me to love prayer, to teach me to persevere in prayer.

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