There is a foolproof attitude to make this foolproof way more foolproof — Childlike Dependency. Watching a little child pray provides us some insights into how we should pray. One will be surprised how focused and trusting a child can be when he/' prays. The relationship becomes real when one places oneself totally in the hands of the Father. You can see the same kind of childlike dependency in Jesus. Everyone should be in awe to see the “dependency” of Jesus, the Son, on His Father! Let us recall that Father, Son, and Spirit are equal in the three Persons of the Holy Trinity. Why is there a need for Jesus to pray, and why in this way?
At the last supper discourses, Jesus prayed to the Father like this: “Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me.” (John 17:7-8) Taking no credit, Jesus submitted Himself completely to the Father. You can feel the “emptiness” of Jesus before His Father.
At the Garden of Gethsemane before His arrest, Jesus prayed three times to the Father, on His knees: “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will.” (Mark 14:36) Knowing that God the Father knows what is best, Jesus surrendered His holy will to His holy Father. A child's trusting obedience to his/her father delights any father on earth, let alone God the Father.
At that very moment he (Jesus) rejoiced [in] the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
“Jesus has chosen to show me the only way which leads to the Divine Furnace of love; it is the way of childlike self-surrender, the way of a child who sleeps, afraid of nothing, in its father’s arms.”
– St. Therese of Lisieux
The recognition and eager embrace of our true identity as sons and daughters of our heavenly Father gain us full (complete) access to His Heart, and the super abundant graces ready to us that are beyond our wildest imagination!
Novena to the Holy Spirit:
Invocation Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, and console me. Tell me what to do, direct my every choice.I promise to submit myself to all you desire of me and to accept all that you permit to happen to me. Let me only know your will.Grant this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Day Six Desiring the Spirit “Trust” Luke 1: 35-38: The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; hence the Holy Offspring to be born will be called Son of God.Know that Elizabeth your kinswoman has conceived a son in her old age, she who was thought to be sterile is now in her sixth month for nothing is impossible with God.Mary said, “I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say.”
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.