From time to time, I am taken back to the time when I was in high school at Scecina Memorial High School. Although I enjoyed Math and History, I struggled to meet my teacher, Sister Rita Clare, standards in English Literature and Composition. To make up for my deficiencies, I required after school tutoring twice a week during the course of my Junior and Senior years. One area of English Composition Sister pounded home was the adverb--"An adverb tells when, where and how." she would say. She taught me how to identify the slippery part of speech by the "ly" at the end of their root word.
During the summer of 2005 while on active duty far away from home, I was reminded of my high school difficulties. I noticed from others, as well as myself, that in our pray lives we tend to do much the same thing. When I begin to pray, I ask myself those Sister Rita Clare questions---"When, Where, And How". While riding in and bouncing around in an Army Humm V, I struck my head on the side of this vehicle (I had my helmet on of course) and came up with a list of adverbs to me generate pray:
• Calefaciently—Warming with a smile
• Calmly—With a tranquil heart as I interact with the Lord
• Candidly—Talking to the Lord frankly and honest about my sins and my plan for attempting to resolve that sin
• Cheerfully—Coming to the Lord full of cheer, happiness and joy that He is my Father
• Conscientiously—Talking to the Lord and aware of His presence
• Continuously—With the knowledge that the Lord is NOT a figment of my imagination. He is real and hears everything I have to say. That His relationship with me is continuous and never ending
• Comely—That prayer is pleasing to the Lord
• Competently—That the Lord is sufficient for me. I need nothing else.
• Conciliatorily—That I am reconciled with the Lord when I come to Him with a contrite heart and mind
• Concisely—When the Lord speaks He gets to the point and never stray from what He wants me to do.
• Congenially—The Lord is not the mean and distant God but one suited to meet every need that I have according to His will.
• Conscientiously –That I am aware of His presence, unconditional love and forgiving nature. I do so freely and without pressure.
• Consistently—That the Lord is harmony with me every moment of the day.
• Continuously—The lines of communication and interaction are never ceasing.
I am very certain that as you have read through this short article, you have come up
with a list of words fitting to meet you beliefs, feelings and needs with regards to your relationship with the Lord. You may copy this article and come with your own list. What list of words are you able to add that will make your pray life an interesting relationship with your Lord?