THE POWER OF PRAYER, PERSISTENCE AND PERSEVERANCE - SUNDAY REFLECTION (16 October, 2016)

1st READING (Exodus 17: 8-13)
2nd READING (2 Timothy 3: 14-4:2)
GOSPEL (Luke 18: 1-8)

The power of persistence and perseverance

REFLECTION ON TODAY’S READINGS

Today’s first reading and gospel have similar messages; the power of persistence or perseverance in prayer. The second reading tell us about another dimension of prayer – studying the bible.
In the first reading, Moses demonstrated the power of persistence and perseverance. As long as the rod of God was up, the Israelites prevailed and whenever he brings down his hands, the Amalekites prevailed. This is exactly the case with us. When we pray regularly, we are strengthened to overcome the devils temptation, but whenever we abandon prayer, we become weak and the devil takes over us. As human being, we are sometimes weak and need other people’s encouragement to forge ahead with our Christian lives, just as in the case of Moses, when he hand grew weary, Aaron and Hur supported his hands and the Israelites were victorious. THEREFORE WE SHOULD ALWAYS BE PERSISTENT IN OUR PRAYERS AND ALSO ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER.
Today’s gospel talks about the parable of the unjust Judge and the poor widow. The poor widow persisted and persevered even when the Judge refused to vindicate her in her case. Although the Judge had no fear of God nor respect for men, he later decided to vindicate her else she wears him out with her continual visit. This the power of persistence and perseverance. If men can help one another in order to avoid disturbance, how much more our heavenly father who already knows our needs, would he not answer our prayers when we persist? Most times God delays to answer our prayers if we are patient. Other times, he refuses to grant our request because we asked will bring our downfall. Let’s illustrate this point with a secondary school child who asks God in prayer to help him succeed in cheating in an examination. Will God grant such request? Certainly, no.
In the second reading, talks about another form of prayer which we neglect most times which is studying the bible. In his letter to Timothy, he said, “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work”. This means that the bible is the weapon of every Christian against the evil ones. It also strengthens and directs us on the right path to follow. There is a saying that A PRAYERLESS CHRISTIAN IS A POWERLESS CHRISTIAN. One of the devils powerful tactics is to weaken our faith by making us prayer less. 
THEREFORE, TRY TO CULTIVATE THE HABIT OF STUDYING THE BIBLE ALWAYS – IN SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON AND ALWAYS BE PERSISTENT IN YOUR PRAYERS.

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