Theo Tigno

Composer and Musician

Asking the Right Question

Are the prayers we're praying holding us back?

Happy Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary!

"Let us seek Him in our questions versus merely seeking answers." - from Thursday, October 6th 2011

As I was meditating on Luke 11: 5-13, I starting thinking about how we pray. The first time I remember praying was when I was in the sixth grade and I lost a paper that I worked really hard on. I searched frantically for the paper and I couldn't find it.

In a moment of desperation, I turned to God and prayed that if He could help me find my paper, I would pray to Him every morning. Two minutes later, I found the paper, and in the process, started my faith journey through prayer.

Fast forward to last night in adoration. I started off in my journal with, "why do I lack joy, Lord? ... "

After pausing for a minute, I thought back to the reflection that you see above regarding seeking God in our questions versus merely seeking an answer. So, after a brief moment of repentance I rephrased the question ...

"Give me Your joy, Lord."

Just a simple thing, yet it changes my disposition toward Him as God ... as a God Who can and does provide for my need ... as a God Who gives us gifts that are beyond what we can see.

Have we become too conversational with God? Have we lost a sense of reverence when we pray to Him? Do we undermine the gift of faith in Him simply by "dumbing down" our language?

He is God! He is Lord! If we merely pray to Him in a utilitarian sense, what are we saying about ourselves? If He is our God, and if we "use" Him, then we are saying the same thing about ourselves knowing that we are made in His image and likeness.

In our everyday prayers, let us seek Him.

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    I am a Catholic composer and musician. My compositions include music written for the Polk Street Band, a Mass setting (Mass of the Immaculate Conception) and Antiphon settings for the full year that are geared toward contemporary ensembles. As a musician, I am a bassist and guitarist for Catholic recording artists and bluegrass bands.