by Rev. Joseph Adhunga, A.J., Pastor at Holy Spirit & St. Mary Magdalen

The reason why I want to discuss the power of prayers and the need for prayers in connection to human desires is because desires are grafted in human nature. Therefore, it is important to distinguish the desires in one’s life that can be developed for the better human character and avoid those which may lead one to bad temptations. Everyone should have desire for God:  young people, children, parents should have the desire to love God.

One may need to read about   The Beatific Vision of St. Augustine; human soul is without rest until one finds the beautiful one, God our Savior. According to St. Augustine, it is the love and faith that urge one to search for God. Augustine discovered such desire late in his life. Before Augustine discovered God. Before he discovered God, he thought that happiness in life was in human wisdom alone, and he argued greatly to deny God in his life. Sometimes he thought that happiness in life was achieved through human pleasure and sex, but this was not real happiness. Only later did he discovered God and he called him The Beautiful One.  

Again, it is important to note that the desires are the internal feelings that express a longing for something beyond ourselves. Desires remind us that something is missing in our lives; that we are not complete or sufficient by ourselves. Human being needs God!

Therefore, human being desires to experience moments of prayers, a sense of God’s tender love reaching out. Such moments come about when someone we hold dear has disappeared, lost, sick, or dead. Sometimes we desire to experience moments of prayer when our very life is frightened and we need support and hope; when we feel emptiness of life and lonely, we desire consolation from God. Here one feels a necessity to talk to God, everyone needs to feel the power of prayers and the needs to pray.

Reflecting on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Pope Benedict XVI said that: “The Magi set out because of a deep desire which prompted them to leave everything and begin a journey. It was as though they had always been waiting for that star.” Our response to the Father’s offer of Salvation should be like that of the St. Augustine or the Magi as we celebrate the solemnity of the Epiphany.

The celebration of the solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord proclaimed by the Magi is symbolic: Every gift they offered is significant: Gold proclaims Christ’s kingship, Incense is for adoration, and Myrrh is to acknowledge the mortality. All these symbols are for us to believe and desire to be with Christ. St. Gregory the Great said:

When the king of the heaven was born, the heavens knew that he was God because they immediately sent forth a star; the sea knew that he was God because it allowed him to walk upon it; the earth knew him because it trembled when he died; the sun knew him because it hid the rays of its light.

The desire to pray and the needs for prayers are essential because a deeper communication with God may help one to believe like the Magi that we came to live this world and we shall be led home by another way.