At the end of his powerful commencement speech, Denzel Washington ~ 1 of my very favorite actors, told the graduates and the faculty to:
“remember to always put your slippers as far under the bed as you can, so that the next morning you have to get down on your knees and start praying.”
A very rhetorical speaker, Denzel also reminded the attendees what his grandmother used to always tell him, “you can run in place all you want, but you’ll never get anywhere.”
Prayers can power you into reaching your most lofty destinations. Christ Yeshua set a great example for all of us, by awakening very early every morning before his disciples did and went up to the mountain and prayed to his father Yahweh.
Completely turned off by organized religion 55 years ago when I was 13 and was denied fulfilling my vocation of becoming a Roman Catholic priest because my parents were divorced, my Grandmother and my Mother instilled in me the blessed power of speaking to The Lord.
Devout prayer warriors, they obediently recited the rosary every day their entire lives. As mentioned previously ~ “once a Catholic always a Catholic” regardless of the ensuing spiritual choices I made in life, the Our Father and the Hail Mary always have resonated strongly in me.
In my structured daily prayer protocol, I always start with my version of:
My Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name Yahweh, thy kingdom has come and your will is being done on this earth as it is in heaven.
Thank you for giving me this day all of my eternally miraculous blessings ~ and everything from you Father is a blessing, even if wrapped in an obstacle which brings me ever closer to you.
Thank you for forgiving me all of my debts as I immediately forgive all those of my debtors, and I'm most grateful for my eternal attachment to you, Yeshua and Ruach Hakodesh, Amen.