Today’s Gospel: Luke 11:5-13
When I read this section of Luke, I think of two scenarios: the persistence of prayer, and the effectiveness of prayer. When one has a pressing need—maybe a loved one has a serious illness, or another might have a dire financial situation, or some other serious situation—one would pray often until the need is fulfilled or the situation is resolved. Jesus tells the disciples that perhaps they’d go visit a friend past midnight to ask for loaves of bread to help feed friends who came visiting after a long journey. Who would entertain such a request in the middle of the night? But if you’re persistent in asking, perhaps the friend would eventually acquiesce and lend you the loaves of bread. With regards to the second point: “And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9), if you’re persistent enough, perhaps your prayer will be answered. The answer may not always be yes, but the prayer would be answered nonetheless. I believe in the power of prayer. I’ve asked my prayer warriors on the various social media platforms, as well as my friends in my local community, to pray for one intention or another, and my friends have likewise requested the same of me. The prayers always seem to be answered. There is a sense of gratitude when I realize the graces God has given through prayer. To those who wonder if prayer really works, my answer would be to give it a go. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know if your request would be fulfilled: “how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Luke 11:13)
It is too easy to bring blame to God if bad things happen to you and you are suffering. What kind of answer can you give to someone in this situation, and how can you affirm that God is good even in the face of great suffering?
Heavenly Father, we thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed on us. Teach us to pray, effectively and persistently, so that we remember all these blessings as we fulfill the work You have given us to do for the glory of Your kingdom. Amen.
Copyright 2017 Lyn Francisco
Lyn Francisco is an organic chemist by training and education. When she is not at the lab bench, she occupies an organ bench in churches around Durham, NC. She also serves as cantor at Immaculate Conception Church in Durham.
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