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Perseverance In Prayer

Articles | November 13, 2023 | by Catholics for Catholics

Today, we are all assaulted by so much communication that we find it almost impossible to focus our attention on the simple, quiet act of prayer.

The single most significant issue impacting our prayer life today is our lack of perseverance.

Jesus Himself knew this would be a continuing challenge for us, so He provided us with some guidance and encouragement on the subject of perseverance in prayer.

And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything’?– Luke 11:5-8

Before exploring the reasons for our lack of perseverance, let’s look at three other criteria for enhancing the effectiveness of our prayers. These can significantly aid our perseverance.

First, we should pray for what WE need. It is good to pray for others, and we should certainly do this, but we must also pray for what we need.

It goes without saying that if we do not have enough food to eat, clothing to wear, or a suitable place to live, it will affect our ability to pray. Therefore, we should ask God for what we need.

Of course, each of these has a caveat. We should pray for the food we need, but we should also pray we will be fed by the Word of God. And we must learn to fully digest these words and thereby find joy in what we read.

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