Jesus tells his apostles “pray always without becoming weary.” Perseverance really does work. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Why pray? Jesus tells in John’s Gospel “Ask and it will be given you....If you ask for anything in my name, I will do it.” When we pray something does happen. We change. We focus more on God than our problems. It helps us to not be self-reliant but to depend upon God. God becomes the centre of our life.
As we heard last week, gratitude is the first step of prayer. It means we face reality as it is and God provides us the courage and grace to live amidst difficult and tough times. Prayer gives meaning to suffering. When you pray for someone else, intercessory prayer, it is a powerful force that transmits grace and love. It really works. This is the way Our Lord prayed.
It is essential that we recognise the necessity for us to be humble and ask, to seek help. This shows we trust God and that we are prepared to wait. Patience and perseverance are the essence of true prayer. Too many people give up early.
Let us remember the prayer of St Teresa
Let nothing disturb you Let nothing frighten you All things are passing God alone is changeless Patience attains all things Who has God wants nothing God alone suffices.
The Lord always hears the prayer of a contrite, humble heart. He never forsakes us.
God love you,