Be Persistent!

July 28, 2013. Today’s Gospel is taken from Luke 11:1-13. In this Gospel reading, Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. In response, Jesus not only taught them  the proper way of prayer through the prayer that is now known as “The Our Father” but also taught them to be persistent in prayer.

Gospel, Luke 11:1-13

Now it happened that he was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’

He said to them, ‘When you pray, this is what to say:

 ‘Father, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come;
give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us.
And do not put us to the test.’

He also said to them,

 ’Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him in the middle of the night to say,

“My friend, lend me three loaves,  because a friend of mine on his travels has just arrived at my house and I have nothing to offer him;”

and the man answers from inside the house,

“Do not bother me. The door is bolted now, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up to give it to you.”

I tell you, if the man does not get up and give it to him for friendship’s sake, persistence will make him get up and give his friend all he wants.

‘So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.

For everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened. What father among you, if his son asked for a fish, would hand him a snake?  Or if he asked for an egg, hand him a scorpion?

If you then, evil as you are, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’

 

Personal Reflection:

“I tell you, if the man does not get up and give it to him for friendship’s sake, persistence will make him get up and give his friend all he wants.”

 

This line reminds me to be persistent in prayers, perhaps in action as well. Personally, one of my greatest weakness is I’m never persistent.  In my line of work which involves some marketing, I am easily discouraged. Once a client says no I seldom persist. How many opportunities I have let go because of this weakness

In today’s Gospel, I should constantly remind myself that in order to succeed I must be persistent and not easily discouraged.

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