Back to Podcasts
How to Listen: Subscribe (it’s free!) in your favorite podcast app.
Jan 21, 2021

Name Changes in Scripture, Overcoming Envy, and Daily Prayer

Fr. Josh Johnson

Fr. Josh answers questions on name changes in the Bible, overcoming envy, and creating a daily prayer routine.

Snippet from the Show

“We don’t want to focus too much on ourselves in prayer: prayer is about God, not about us.”


Name Changes in Scripture

Hi Father Josh,

Why does Jesus change the name of people, like Simon becomes Peter. What purpose/reason/significance of people names being changed in scripture

– Maryalice

Overcoming Envy

Hi Father Josh,

How can one overcome envy? I know it’s not good and I recognize when I’m envious, but I’m not sure what practical steps I can take to overcome this vice.

Thank you so much for your help in my spiritual growth! I’m praying for you.

Thank you,


Daily Prayer Routine

Hi Father Josh, 

I really enjoy your podcast. I’ve really learned a lot from it and find it very useful and inspirational as I can incorporate it into my life and decisions. One thing that I am wondering about is building a practice of daily prayer.

I enjoy reading the Bible and journaling daily, both in the morning and at night. I find that I learn so much from reading His word and hear Him speaking to me there. Also, starting with the first of the year, I have also started meditation. This has been helpful to calm me down and silence the thoughts that are always running through my head.

However, I still feel like I’m missing the part of actually praying. I will do all of these things, but I don’t know if I should be doing more, like actually sitting down and talking to God. This is difficult for me, as I’m a pretty quiet person and don’t talk that much. I do pray the rosary sometimes, but hardly ever do my “own prayers”.

I prefer to read or write and let God talk to me through those sources. Is that wrong or should I be doing more, like actual spoken word prayer? Do you have any advice for someone like me to continue growing in my relationship with God and approaching Him in prayer? Also, how does meditation (sitting in silence, focusing on my breath) play into my worship of God?

Thank you so much!



Meet Your Host: Fr. Josh Johnson

While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. One day, in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest. Now, Fr. Josh is the pastor for Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Louisiana, and the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He is also a presenter in two of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, and YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body. He is the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation and Pocket Guide to Adoration.

Has Ascension's free media strengthened your faith?
You can now offer ongoing support for this content with a recurring gift.
Support Ascension

Get your favorite Ascension content sent right to your email!