“Prayer is generosity with God,” said Father Rob Galea (pictured).
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Growing spiritually is a trending topic among Christians, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic. Melbourne was put into a second lockdown, which meant staying indoors for a longer period with more time on our hands.
Many have taken advantage of the slower pace to reset their mind and make more time to reflect through prayer. Admittedly, many have also found this difficult. The goal of spending more time in conversation with Christ also came with the battle of laziness and making good use of each day.

‘’Prayer is generosity with God. The secret is to pray even if you don’t feel like it. The biggest obstacle is very often a dependence on feelings and results.’’

Father Rob Galea, a Catholic priest based in Victoria, shared his practical tips on overcoming common obstacles in our prayer life, which we can use post-lockdown to sustain our relationship with God.

‘’When we think of prayer, we think of what makes me feel good. If this is our approach, then we’re losing the point,’’ he said.

‘’Prayer is generosity with God. The secret is to pray even if you don’t feel like it. The biggest obstacle is very often a dependence on feelings and results.’’

Father Rob, who is a contemporary musician and works in youth ministry, encouraged those striving to improve their relationship with Christ, to have a prayer plan.

“It is not enough to serve Jesus. We need to spend time with him.’’

‘’Plan your prayer – the Scripture that you’re going to pray with, for example. We actually have a lot more freedom when we plan,’’ the singer-songwriter said.
‘’Make a plan but don’t necessarily stick to it. Sometimes it is good to be spontaneous with God.’’

Father Rob admits that he is an introvert and has personally found a lot of good in the lockdown.

‘’This has been a time for me to gather my thoughts – to plan my life and to focus on what is most important: spending time with God, music, writing and ministry,’’ he said.

The Maltese-Australian priest was once a contestant on X Factor Australia in 2015.

‘’As a priest who goes out to proclaim Jesus, it is easy to substitute our relationship with Jesus with serving,’’ he said.

“It is not enough to serve Jesus. We need to spend time with him.’’

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