The sky is something that is always going to look like art. The clouds form shapes dependent on their moods and emotions. The sun reflects at angles that floods the sky with light and feelings. The girls I nanny tell me I’m silly for taking so many pictures of the sky, but I think one day they’ll understand why.
Access to God for the Old Testament Jews was a cause for fear. At Mt. Sinai, the people feared approaching Him. And when access to God was granted through the high priest, specific instructions had to be followed (Lev. 16:1-34). Accidentally touching the ark of the covenant, would result in death (2 Sam. 6:7-8). But because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can now approach God without fear. God’s penalty for sin has been satisfied, and we are invited into God’s presence: “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.“ (Hebrews. 4:16). Because of Jesus we can come to God through prayer anywhere, anytime. Prayer: My time spent in prayer with You, dear Lord Jesus, is the highlight of my day. To know You are waiting to have this communion humbles me. Yet You say I can come boldly—this I do now, knowing You hear me!
‘If you want to be present in your prayer, pray on time because it is in that time that the Divine Pull (al-madad) is strongest. The number of angels that are performing their prayer at that time is greater than any other time. The best time to answer the call is right away. These are some of the secrets of prayer.’
At times, when our break is short or we have a long to-do list, we rush or shorten our prayers in the hope of making our day easier; in reality, this is a recipe for disaster. Turning our back on Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) by not giving our Salah its respectful time will only cause us major problems in the long run.
Can all my Catholic peeps pray for my friend? She’s interested in Catholicism and she will most likely be going to mass with me in 2 or 3 weeks. Please pray that she goes. She’s a bit nervous about it all.