Thursday October 12
Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Shameless persistence
  • Malachi 3:13-20
  • Psalm 1:1-4,6
  • Luke 11:5-13

In today’s Gospel proclamation, Jesus teaches about prayer. A book that I recently read called prayer as shameless persistence. We need to persevere even when results do not seem to appear at our pace. Persistence, or boldness in prayer overcomes our insensitivity, not God’s. Practicing persistence does more to change our hearts and minds than his, and it helps us understand and express the intensity of our needs. Persistence in prayer allows us to recognize God’s work. Persistent prayer also gets us rooted in seeking what God wants for us daily. We try our best to be good. As parents, even though we make mistakes, we try to treat our children well. How much better would our perfect heavenly Father treat his children? The most important gift he could ever give us is the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). The Lord Jesus promised to pour out this gift on the believers after his death, resurrection, and return to heaven (John 15:26). Having received the Spirit let us persist in our prayers.

Prayer: Abba Father, teach me to be persistent and bold in prayer. Amen.

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