Sunday, October 16, 2016

Persistent prayer

Today's Gospel reading talks about persistence. Persistence can be helpful especially when it comes to prayer. I don't know about you, but many times, my prayer is swayed by answers given or not received. I know that sounds selfish, but I am very much human and I am being honest. It helps me to remember this passage. It helps me to recall that persistence is key in prayer. 

Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, “There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being.  And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, ‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’ For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.’” The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.  Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night?  Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth? Lk 18:1-8

What Jesus points out here is that even a judge who does not respect man nor God is willing to give in to the widow's requests. So logically we can conclude, that God, whom loves us and created us, would simply answer our prayers because He is God. Now,we know that God answers prayers according to what is best for us. Nonetheless, He answers our prayers. 

Persistence can also remind us to persist for the sake of prayer, for the sake of always being united to God in this way. If we are persistent, we are slowly molded in our perseverance.  Our dedication and patience shapes our will to be aligned with His will. Once we are praying according to God's will our perseverance becomes a way of life because we seek God simply for God and not for answer to our prayers. Ultimately, the value of persistent prayer is not that He will hear us but that we finally hear Him. This is the true fruit of persistent prayer, union with God and the ability to hear His words.

So be persistent. Pray without ceasing. 1 Thess. 5:17

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