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Push, push, push!

Teach Us to Pray More
October 7, 2020
A Lifetime Vigilance
October 9, 2020
PITIK-BULAG: Push, push, push!
 
Our gospel today insists on the importance of being persistent in our prayers. It is a test of our faith in God who provides everything we need. Persistent people will storm heaven with their repeated wish until they get what they want. Their motto is PUSH, PUSH, PUSH! It means PERSIST UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS. Giving up their prayer intentions is not in their minds. Perseverance is the name of game. In the end, most of the time, they get what they want from God. Not only because of their “kakulitan” but because of their unwavering faith in God. Faith can move a mountain, or should I say, perseverance can move the heart of God.
 
Yet, our experience tells us that not all our prayers are granted by God. We are disappointed when He seems so silent in our prayer requests in spite of our persistence. In reality, God answers us in three ways: Yes, No, and Not yet. Unfortunately, the only answer we like to hear is YES. BIG NO or NOT YET is unacceptable to us. We can’t comprehend it. We forgot that God knows best. We may know what’s good for us, but God knows best.
 
In our gospel today, the Lord gives us some important things to remember in our prayer of petitions. Reflect on the following points. Check your understanding of how God answers our prayer.
 
1. BE PERSISTENT IN PRAYER.
 
The Lord is inviting us not to give up on our prayer. Sometimes He is simply testing our faith in Him, as well as purifying our deepest desire. Tinitiyak niya kung talagang gusto natin ito? So, remain in asking your deepest desire. Let your waiting moments purify your desire. Be patient. Trust the Lord. Never waiver in your prayer. Push!
 
2. ASK, SEEK AND KNOCK.
 
God is inviting us to continue asking, seeking, and knocking without ceasing. Don’t stop! Maybe His answer is Not Yet. So persevere. God’s time is a perfect time, not ours! Be patient. Don’t lose your focus. Keep on desiring.
 
Ask and you shall receive … Check the intention of your petitions. Is it for the benefit of all or for your own selfish desire?
 
Seek and you shall find … Don’t just sit and wait like Juan Tamad. Do some decisive actions that may lead to positive results. Faith without action is dead. Your intention is to pass the exam, yet you’re not studying. It’s futile! Respect your desires, do some actions. Study and God will grant your request.
 
Knock and the door will be opened … don’t stop knocking Jesus’ heart with your faith and persistence. Remember the words of the woman in the gospel, “If I could only touch the tip of his cloak (Mark 5:28)” or the faith of the four men who made a hole on the roof for the healing of their paralytic friend (Mark 2:1-12). Wear the “never die spirit” attitude. It speaks faith in action.
 
3. SOMETIMES “NO” IS GOOD FOR US.
 
This was clearly explained by Jesus:
 
“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?” (Luke 11:11)
 
The Lord knows what’s best for us. He will never grant our request if the end result is bad. Yet, He will immediately grant our requests and add more blessings, if the end result will benefit our souls.
 
4. THE RIGHT DISPOSITION: SEEK GOD’S WILL.
 
“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!” (Luke 11:12-13)
 
The gospel invites us not to waver in our prayer. Push! Persist until something happens. But after a while, when we realized that nothing is happening or it seems His answer is a BIG NO, we are still invited to persist in our prayer. Don’t give up your prayer. Don’t give up your faith.
 
But this time, we need to consider giving up our petitions and start seeking God’s will. Let’s remind ourselves that God knows best. And so, when we are in a dead-end situation, where all options are exhausted and we did our best, we focus our eyes in other directions. We pray for the GUIDANCE, ENLIGHTENMENT, AND STRENGTH from the HOLY SPIRIT to let go of our will and seek the will of God.
 
NOW … PUSH AGAIN … This time, it means … Persist Until the Spirit Heals.
 
– Fr. Wilfredo M. Samson, SJ
 
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October 8, 2020 – Thursday
Gospel Reading: Luke 11: 1-13

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