Lord, Hear Our Prayer

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(photo credit: Nick Foss)

My apologies for the tardiness of this post. We went from dance competitions at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland, to a big deal soccer match in Richmond, Virginia, to home late at night in a torrential rain. Yesterday found me wholeheartedly embracing the idea of a sabbath:-)

Gospel

Luke 11:1-13

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” 
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.”

And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,’
and he says in reply from within,
‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed. 
I cannot get up to give you anything.’
I tell you,
if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you. 
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish? 
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? 
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven
give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

Think

Now, what do players do when they are asked to join a team? They have to train, and to train a lot! The same is true of our lives as the Lord’s disciples. Saint Paul tells us: “athletes deny themselves all sorts of things; they do this to win a crown of leaves that withers, but we a crown that is imperishable” (1 Cor 9:25). Jesus offers us something bigger than the World Cup! He offers us the possibility of a fulfilled and fruitful life; he also offers us a future with him, an endless future, eternal life. But he asks us to train, “to get in shape,” so that we can face every situation in life undaunted, bearing witness to our faith. How do we get in shape? By talking with him: by prayer, which is our daily conversation with God, who always listens to us. By the sacraments, which make his life grow within us and conform us to Christ. By loving one another, learning to listen, to understand, to forgive, to be accepting and to help others, everybody, with no one excluded or ostracized. Dear young people, be true “athletes of Christ!”

(from Pope Francis' address at Copacabana Beach full text here.)

Pray

Almighty ever-living God, whose Son was pleased to be welcomed in Saint Martha's house as a guest, grant, we pray, that through her intercession, serving Christ faithfully in our brothers and sisters, we may merit to be received by you in the halls of heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

(Collect for July 29, Memorial of St. Martha)

Act

Jesus said, "Ask and you will receive." Every prayer is answered, not always as we hoped or as we expected, but they are all answered. And His answers are good ones. Make a list of the times you've asked and received, a real, tangible written down list. List ten prayers and their answers, or twenty, or more. And then give thanks. Know that He is God and He is deeply invested in you.

 

How can we pray for you this week?

(And thank you for continuing to pray for Shawn. He's thanking you himself here.)

Comments

  1. says

    Please pray for my brother who is making some huge life changes and will need God’s continued grace. May we all keep the people on pilgrimages who were involved in accidents recently in prayer as well.

  2. says

    We had a tragic accident here over weekend involving a charter bus returning from church camp. A young couple and their unborn child lost their lives, their two-year old survived the crash. Another mother also lost her life, she leaves behind a husband and five children. Our teen cousin walked away with relatively minor injuries, but several teens are still hospitalized. It is devastating for a small Baptist church that was already struggling.

  3. says

    So many people need prayers…but closest to my heart right now is the family of a 23 year old girl who just died. She had two double lung transplants, which never seemed to “take”, and they were talking about a third. She was in the hospital for more testing and treatment, and died during one of the procedures. She had just celebrated her birthday the day before. Her family is, understandable, devastated.

  4. says

    Please pray for friends of a friend. They were fostering three little boys who they were “this close” to adopting. One of the boys had breathing troubles in a swimming pool and the foster parents called 911. The boy wound up perfectly fine but CPS pulled the boys from the home. The boys and the parents are all devastated. Please pray for their family to be reunited!

  5. Patricia says

    Please pray for our dear friend, Father Paul Voida, who had surgery today (Monday) for stage IV cancer. Thank you!

  6. says

    Please pray for my husband, who is taking the bar exam on Tues and Wed. of this week and for him to find full-time employment so that he might be a good provider for our family.

  7. Kim says

    I’m going to be saying special prayers for this one – how tragic for the children too. Please keep us posted with news. God Bless all!

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