Scripture Reading: Luke 18:2-7
As we round-off this month today, the Holy Spirit advises us to be persistent in prayer. We should not give up or reduce the passion with which we go to seek the Lord, simply because the answer to our prayers is yet to be manifested. Let us not subject God to timing, for God does not operate with human calendar or time piece.
In our reflection today, Jesus teaches His disciples about holding firm to God concerning what we have prayed for even if it has not come to pass. Everything about the world is now digital.Even now the digital mentality is been transferred to our relationship with God in prayer. Please, pause to ponder, God is not a remote control. God knows WHEN and HOW to answer our prayers. That our prayer requests made according to God’s will have not yet manifested physically does not mean that God has not answered our prayers. It is not man who defines whether God has answered prayers or not. So you do not need to take a contrary decision because you assumed that God did not answer you. Today, people are been deceived, with the mentality of “sharp, sharp prayer”, miracle at the press of button. Beloved, do not be deceived, God does not work that way. There is a great difference between divine miracle and magic. Hear what the Lord says in Isaiah 55:8, “My thoughts, says the Lord, “Are not like yours, and my ways are different from yours”.
There are many Christians running from place to place in search of miracles and healing. You do not search for miracles and healing for it is God that grants us all these. Verse 2 of our scriptural reading states: “Then Jesus told his disciples to teach them that they should always pray and never become discourage”. We are encouraged to learn from Jesus today that our prayer life should not be controlled by when and how God answers prayers. We should continue to be prayerful. Check your prayer life, maybe persistence is missing, fix it back. Habakkuk 2:3 reassures us: “Put it in writing, because it is not yet time for it to come true. But the time is coming quickly, and what I show you will come true. It may seem slow in coming, but wait for it; it will certainly take place, and will not be delayed”. The Prophet Habakkuk was nursing the same fear, that we nurse today especially when it seems our prayers are been delayed. Beloved let us be encouraged by the words of Prophet Habakkuk. Just be convinced that nothing and absolutely nothing can twist the hand of God’s blessings upon His children. Certain occurrences in the bible should also give us encouragement. Consider the case of Abraham and Sarah, they were getting distracted about how time was nolonger favourable to their ages of given birth, butdid they not give birth to Isaac at last? Today God is addressed as the God of Isaac. One important thing again is that we should realise that certain delays are not coming from God but from us due to certain ways of life that contradict the ways of our Lord Jesus Christ. Beloved, once it is God that is demanding that we hold on, just know it is for His glory. God must surely be glorified and you shall surely rejoice.
- Take a praise and worship song to adore the Lord today
- Ask God for the grace of persistence in prayers
- Ask for God’s mercy for the number of times you have been led astray by “sharp ,sharp miracles”
- Ask God to destroy everything delaying the manifestations of His glory upon your life.
- Pray not to live in doubt of what God can do. O Lord increase my faith (take seriously)
Exercise: Take the Rosary of Liberation twice today.
Memory Verse: Philippians 4:6-7