Jonah from LEAD: Listening to God

Jonah is from the Archdiocese of St. Louis, where he attends St. Pius High School in Festus and is a parishioner at Church of Our Lady. This morning he shared with us the moment God taught him to listen to Him in prayer.

Jonah had a tendency to thrust his problems on Our Lord during prayer, expecting Him to solve them without patiently waiting for a response. Essentially, he used to pray in a way where he just wanted God to fix his problems.

In a particular moment of frustration when Jonah could not see God giving him any answers, he began to seek out answers in the wrong crowds. These people did not show that they cared about Jonah’s problems which left him feeling drained. Jonah longed to give God the time with Him that He was asking for, but he kept saying no because he was frustrated with the Lord. One night, Jonah finally cried out to God and He answered him by drawing his eyes to the Crucifix right in front of him. Jonah was reminded that the Lord already gave His life for Him, how could he be asking for more?

Now in his prayer, Jonah tries to give God the time to talk to Him in silence, rather than getting frustrated when the answers aren’t clear.

Written by Paul Masek
Paul Masek is Lisa's husband and is honored to be the father of four practically perfect kids ~ Jacob, Audrey, Kyle, & Dominic. For fun, Paul loves hunting, fishing, eating, hanging out with the fam, and impersonating Jon Lovitz. He claims to be the funniest person he has ever met - and his wife says he hasn't met enough people - because she is funnier. He also loves stirring it up and is the director of the REAP Team for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. You can find out more about Paul on Twitter & Insta - @clasekmasek