Persistent Prayers

Luke 18: 1-8
3 Jn. 5-8 / Ps 112

I tell you, God will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?
(Luke 18: 8)

A prayerful heart is tranquil,
Confident that God hears his plea;
All our requests God will fulfill
If we but pray persistently.

Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’ And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He be slow to answer them? I tell you, God will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18: 1-8)

Reflection

Our Lord told this parable to His disciples to impress upon them the importance of praying without ceasing until they had received what they were praying for. The parable was meant to highlight the fact that if a corrupt judge could relent and give in to the persistence of a widow, how much more would God, a loving and compassionate Father hear the prayers of His children? “Will He be slow to answer them? I tell you, God will see that they get justice, and quickly” (Lk. 18:7). Our God is a God of justice and equity, Who rewards the virtuous and punishes all wrongs. However, unlike the corrupt judge that Jesus cites in His parable, our God is also a God of mercy and compassion Who sees to it all things work for our good.

I visited my cousin in the hospital who had collapsed after discovering that his son (outside wedlock) who was under the influence of drugs had viciously murdered his fiance’. The siblings of the victim had included him as principal in their charge sheet. Policemen stood guard at his hospital door, ready to whisk him to jail the moment he was sufficiently recovered. It seemed as if the whole world had conspired against him and he did not know where to turn. He had reached the ultimate crossroad in his life, I told him. “The path to the left is despair, and to the right is prayer, persistent prayer. God will never refuse the prayers of a desperate man, lest he falls into despair, so you must believe that your and our prayers will prevail.” My cousin is now incarcerated, without bail. We all firmly believe he is innocent of the charges filed against him, and I believe God has a higher purpose for allowing this tragedy to happen. Please help us pray for Rodolfo’s release. Only prayers can help him now. The corrupt judge in the parable only rendered a just decision in favor of the widow out of fear– “so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!” (Luke 18:5). On the other hand, God will render a just decision for us– and answer our petitions in behalf of my cousin– not because we can bribe or influence Him, but because of His loving mercy.

“However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Jesus’ prophetic question has an ominous ring to it when we consider the lack of faith prevailing in the world today. But are we going to lose faith because of so much injustice around us? Of course not. All the more reason why we should heed the message in today’s Gospel – that we must pray, and pray continuously!

Most loving and merciful Father, we fervently pray for Your protection in these uncertain times, when the evil that men do threaten the very stability and peace of our family, our church, and the institutions of society. We pray for the power of your grace, dear God, to influence all our officials in government, especially those in our justice system to be steadfast in the implementation of their duties, and in resisting the temptations and/or coercions of evil men. Let your Holy Spirit shield them, Lord, with Your gifts of courage, prudence, integrity and wisdom. This we pray in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

One Response to “Persistent Prayers”

  1. Larvitar  on November 14th, 2010

    sir, i just red an article about the death of princess diana of england. We believe that her death was caused by a car accident but based on that article, it was said that her death was caused by this mason group called “illuminati”. they used princess Di as a sacrificial offering and i believe that this group spread around the globe. Its because i knew some people here in davao which are member of this group.

    Now my questi0ns sir is that,
    1. are these masons hopeless?
    2. what shall i do knowing that these anti-Christ people really exist in our time?

    i want to do s0mething but i d0nt know how and what.

    I hope sir that you will give me your opinion about this matter.