Pray, Proclaim and Persist

Saint Paul’s letter to Timothy (2 Timothy 3:14-4:2) is truly inspiring! In his letter, Paul is encouraging Timothy to remain faithful to what he’s learned in the sacred scriptures. Paul tells us that,

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Daily reading of the scriptures helps us to remain familiar with God’s teachings so that we can be completely prepared to serve and assist others in being fully engaged members of the Body of Christ on earth.

Paul also charges each of us to “proclaim the word with persistence whether it is convenient or inconvenient.”

I think that one of the best ways that we can proclaim the word is to live each moment of our life as walking, talking examples of Christ-like living – at home and at work. The world will know that we are Christians by our love for one another!

In Luke’s Gospel (Luke 18:1-8) Jesus tells his disciples a parable on the necessity of frequent and persistent prayer. In the parable, Jesus uses an unsympathetic judge who has no choice but to respect the wishes of a widow who is relentless in her quest for justice.

If an unjust judge is capable of responding justly to the widow, our faith tells us that our fair and loving God is always listening with a compassionate ear to our prayers. Jesus is asking us to not just pray, but to be persistent with our prayers.. He wants us to pray for our earthly concerns and to stay especially focused on our heavenly pursuits.

Prayer is our continuous lifeline to God. We can endeavor to live every aspect of our faith-filled life connected to God by praying for guidance and strength in every aspect of our day – work, family, exercise, health, interaction with others, etc.

God is always reliably listening to our prayers, but Jesus questions how many of us will be as faithful by asking, “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Let today’s readings be a loud and clear call for each of us to remain united with God mentally, spiritually and physically.

God, please make me an instrument of your peace and assist me in remaining faithfully connected to you throughout this day and for every day of my life on earth.

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