Saturday, November 17, 2012

Luke 18:1-8: Pray Unceasingly

Luke 18:1-8.

The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"

The Navarre New Testament Bible Commentary mentions that prayer can be something we do anywhere, and I am a huge believer in this.  We can pray when doing household chores, mowing the lawn, walking to and from offices or locations at work, driving in the car, and at times when we are frustrated and full of anger -- in the heat of an argument.  Let us consider this last part.  
        Giving in to feelings of anger and frustration in the heat of an argument, whether it is with a loved one or stranger, is such an easy trap for us.  After all, we are fallen humans.  I am guilty of being a frequent victim to this snare.  When we argue with a loved one, for instance, the enemy quickly slips in to our emotional state and tempts our fallen nature to give in to anger, embrace feelings of negativity, and practice self-centered satisfaction.  Although we are not conscious of this most times, we fall victim.  How, then, do we combat this separation from love?  Not easily, but God always gives us sufficient grace to call on Him.  We need to reach out to God through prayer in these times of anger-ridden temptation.  The prayer, however, does not have to be on our knees in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The prayer can be a heartfelt calling out to God in plain words, "Lord, I believe in an love you. Please help!"  
Taking a moment to draw ourselves closer to Christ during our time of trial is sometimes the most rewarding tough act we can do, and it really works.  Quick personal prayers during arguments give me a few seconds to stop, bring Christ into my heart, and think through more loving eyes.  Do I practice this every time?  I wish. My sinful human nature, unfortunately, can get the better of me, but we can all lovingly reach out to Christ for support through prayer.  For all we need to do is “ask and (we) shall receive.”