While praying during today's celebration of the faithful, I found myself caught between generic feelings and specific requests. I've been uncertain how to reconcile the two specifically in relation to this group as we move past the initial formation stage into something where we actually get to know each other deeper, both our joys and our sorrows.
After last weeks conversation with Jesse and others, I was impressed by the idea of praying for God's will to be manifested in our lives not in terms of vending machine requests like "give me this grade, Lord" or "let me meet my wife, God" or "heal my brother, Jesus." Not that we shouldn't pray for those things, but I believe God's answer can be in terms of attitudes and conditions (studious in everyting, love towards others, peace in hardship) in addition to tangible results (A+, Loving Wife, a Healthy Body).
I guess I just want to know how I can pray for you all: specific requests for all the ways that we don't really know each other, and also broader recognition of the way God's will be done here on earth. Maybe we can add a post like this every so often and people can add requests as comments. Whenever we're on our own or with others and ready to pray, we can bring up the latest prayer post... in this I share the hope to know and love you all the more.