THEME: DON’T KNOCK AND RUN AWAY
(Exodus 17:8-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-18)
No one can live a proper Christian life without prayer. Just as no one can run a Marathon without training. We need to persevere in praying to experience the power of prayer. Many Christians today pray like little kids who knock at doors, and then run away. We are encouraged today to persevere in prayer. When we persevere at God’s door praying, he will come. But our problem is that we live in a society of instant food and instant cures, that we often expect God to take our calls instantly.
The woman in the gospel, kept making new trips down to the judge’s office day and night, till the wicked judge relented (Lk. 18:5). The initial refusal of the judge didn’t dampen her spirit, she persisted. Her persistence moved even an unjust judge to action. If persistence prevails with a judge, who cares only for his own convenience and comforts, how much more will it prevail with a gracious God.
As in the first reading, let us support one another in raising our hands to God in prayers. Pray with expectant faith and hope in God’s care and providence. Moses raised his hands in prayers, all day. He was supported by the people and the battle was won. In the different battles we face: sickness, social, economic, physical, religious, family, etc. we need to keep our hands permanently raised to God in prayers. Supporting one another and encouraging each other pray and not to lose heart.
St Paul, in the second reading, tells Timothy that the message of salvation is made known to us through the Scriptures. It is sustained through faith in Jesus. Prayer is thus a demonstration of our relationship of faith and trust in God. Prayer is the oil that keeps the lamp of faith burning brightly.
Friends in Christ, today we are invited to put our faith in God and call on him persistently; an invitation to a life of prayer. As God’s chosen ones, we may face trials and temptations. You may face unjust treatment. You may lose all you have. But we should not lose our faith. It is faith that makes one to continue praying even when it seems pointless to pray. Faith-filled persistent prayer pays. Do not give up.
We need to persevere in prayer, for God can delay his answer. He may delay in order to purify our motives; in order to intensify our desire; in order to correct or train us; in order to prepare us to receive his own gifts which he chooses to give instead. In all, whatever we pray for, let us pray with faith. May God give us the grace of perseverance in prayer.
The voice of prayer is never silent! (CBW III, No 667).