“Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, had recourse to the LORD… Now help me, who am alone and have no one but you, O LORD, my God.” Our Scriptures open today with a dramatic scene in the life of Queen Esther, a most remarkable Biblical figure in the Old Testament, who, at a serious moment in her life, had only the recourse to serious and complete self-emptying prayer that would move anyone to tears. This becomes a great image for us to factor in the way we lift our prayers to God. Do we just rattle-off words? Do we think about what we are saying? Does the level of faith reach deep within our souls? Queen Esther would certainly answer easily.
“For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Prayer is the life of the new heart (CCC 2697) Christians throughout the centuries have maintained three main expressions of prayer: vocal, meditation and contemplation. Together, they make a phenomenal path to peace and holiness, not to mention sanity.
Vocal: We are body and spirit, so it is important to express our spiritual feelings outwardly [we speak].
Meditation: The mind searches to understand what God is saying [we think, imagine, desire and feel].
Contemplation: We are alone with the One who loves us. [God speaks, we listen and experience].
The one who asks through vocal prayer, receives; the one who seeks through meditation, finds; and the one who knocks at the door of contemplation, can change the world one soul at a time.
In the confrontation between water and the rock the water always wins. Not through strength but through persistence. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.