When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." These words or request of our Blessed Mother Mary in today’s gospel reading from the gospel of Saint John 2:1-11 remind us of the importance of prayer. My dear friends in Christ, prayer is a very important aspect of our life as Christians. Prayer is our lifeline and our greatest weapon against the devil and sin. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux tells us that Prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. Saint John Damascene stated that, Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God. Also from our Catechism, the basic definition of Prayer is our conversation or communication with God in which we praise Him, worship Him, adore Him, thank Him for all He has done for us and ask Him for our needs. So how often do we have such a surge of the heart for God? How often do we turn to God in heaven recognizing Him and loving Him? How often do we raised our minds and our hearts to God? How often do we communicate or converse with God to praise Him, to worship Him, to adore Him, to thank Him for all He does in our lives life and to ask Him for our needs?

Mary in today’s gospel reading reminds us of the importance of prayer, so it is time to deepen our faith in God by working harder in our prayer life. But let us not forget to pay attention to these three essential elements in our prayer life. The first is Humility, the foundation of prayer. The Humility of Mary makes her request very welcoming, so when you pray, always humble yourself before God. Secondly, when you pray, pray with conviction and consistency. Mary knew what she wanted from Jesus and requested for it. So let us be firm, convinced and consistent in your prayer life. Lastly, patience is the driving force of prayer, so let us be patient like Mary when we pray to God because God’s time is the best time. Amen!