“And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily.” (Luke 18:7-8)
For many of us Christians, prayer is like work. We think of prayer as some hectic activity like carrying bags of cement. A lot of us grumble when we are reminded to pray and a good number doze off immediately they begin to pray. This is a very serious problem. We are like children living abroad who grumble each time we are reminded to speak to our parents back home.
We do not enjoy praying because we do not understand prayer. We do not know that prayer is our moment of intimacy with God. The greatest obstacle to an active prayer life is a utilitarian approach to prayer. Get this: Prayer is not a tool, it is in itself a nourishment for our lives physically, psychologically and spiritually.
Prayer is therapy. Prayer is medicine. Prayer is the best health tip. Prayer is fun. Prayer is life. When we pray, we should not be so concerned about the outcome of prayer; about getting this or that or solving this problem or that issue. Enjoy prayer by itself, enjoy your communion with God.
In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus used the parable of the unjust judge to teach us the importance of persistence in prayer. Never give up on prayer. Never turn your back on God. Deliberately remember what God has done for you already and show appreciation.
The book of Wisdom where our first reading today comes from, sings of the glory of God in all creation. One good way to begin praying is to just examine the beauty of nature, the wonder of creation, the rhythm of morning and evening, the trees, the rivers, the sun, the rain, the stars, the atmosphere around you. Think of these things and think of the one who created and sustains them all. You will naturally slide into prayer. In the end, if the only prayer you ever say is “Thank you” it is more than enough.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, when I don’t feel like praying, teach me to worship you from my heart. Amen.
Bible Study: Wisdom 18:14-16,19:6-9, Ps. 105:2-3,36-37,42-43, Luke 18:1-8).