Heavenly Father, we thank You that You are our God and Father. You alone are worthy of all our honor and praise. We thank You for having selected us. You have set our feet upon the Rock of our Salvation, who is Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thank You that You have the words of eternal life. Thanks for Your precious promise, that nothing in heaven or on earth is able to separate us from Your love.
You alone are worthy of our allegiance and love. And so, we Praise You, that we may rest securely in Your arms, in the promise of Grace and salvation through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1: 3 We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 8 : 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Remaining firm in the midst of conflict
Father, we come on bended knees in prayer. We Praise and Glorify You in worship. You bless those who revere Your name and delight in Your commands. Bless us, Father, with faith and perseverance in this life filled with turmoil and obstacles.
In the midst of turmoil or conflict, we will not be shaken, for our heart remains steadfast, trusting in You and Your overall plan for our life.
We want to remain firmly grounded as we overcome the daily obstacles common to all who live on earth. Help us to learn the valuable lessons along the way, as we press on towards the goal for which You have called us, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.
Persevering in family life
Lord, we pray to persevere in family life. Family pressures, with growing needs of children, may severe our relationship with our spouse. Over time, a marriage may encounter problems and misunderstandings.
We, as spouse, may feel like we want to break free or separate. In times like this, help us to persevere and to remember our marriage vows.
Help us to be bound in Your everlasting Love. May we radiate this love for one another in a long lasting relationship.
James 1:2-4 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Persevering in the midst of trials
Lord, as we navigate through this world of sin, thank You that You have promised to be with us, no matter what difficulties and dangers may cross our paths. Keep us, we pray, from all perils, problems and persecutions that we may encounter.
May we remain firm to the end and enabled to persevere in the midst of all our trials. Thank You that there is no situation in life that is outside of Your jurisdiction. You have every circumstance covered by Your sufficient grace.
Lord, as we steer our path through this sin-sick world of temptations, may we keep our confidence in You and place every need into Your hands, knowing that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.
Matthew 10:17-22 When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved… “
Praying for Christians around the world
Thank You, Father, that Your grace is sufficient for all Your children, including those that are facing severe persecutions and dangers in so many parts of this war-torn world.
They are all our brothers and sisters in Christ and we are all one in You, and the pain that individual believers are suffering becomes a distress for all in the Body of Christ.
Lord, we lift up all those that are having to contend with so many dangers and difficulties in foreign parts of the world.
In troublesome times
Comfort and strengthen each precious person who is suffering for righteousness sake. We ask that You would draw very close to each and every one.
In Your strength, may they persevere in these troublesome times. And, in so doing, may they bring glory to You. May they serve as a faithful witness of Your grace and goodness, to those that are lost in their sins.
We pray and support all those that are grieving for righteousness sake, perhaps due to the loss of a loved one or severe deprivation.
We pray that You comfort and succor each hurting and keep each one firm in the faith they have in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thank You, Lord, that there is not one of Your children who is lost to Your eyes of pity. We lift each and every one up to You in Jesus’ blessed name, Amen!
We have all experienced it before: a desperate prayer to God for something that we needed and we never got it. God appears deaf or uncaring to our needs. I once prayed for a job unceasingly for close to three years after graduating from university in Nigeria and never got a single job interview. What do we do when our prayers are unanswered? Unfortunately, we give up and make up reasons for doing so like, “I do not have the time to pray.” I learned from my own experience of persevering prayer in the face of joblessness that when we give up on prayer we miss out on the joy, peace, and hope that comes from a strengthened relationship with God.
Yes, when we begin to pray and we persevere in prayer because we are in a love relationship with God whether we get what we want or not, God strengthens us in our relationship with Him and we have the conviction that we can overcome all things if we entrust all into His loving hands. That is how His peace, hope and joy abides in us. Our loving relationship with God, and not our myriad of needs and wants, is what truly initiates and sustains our prayer.
The Psalmist in the Responsorial Psalm prays, “When I called you answered me; you built up strength within me.” Just as God’s first response to the psalmist’s prayer is to build up strength within him, God’s sure response to our unrelenting prayer is this inner strength, this strengthening of our relationship with Him whether He gives us what we ask for our not.
The prayer, “Our Father,” that Jesus teaches us in today’s Gospel passage is a prayer that begins, continues, and ends with a sense of our being in a loving relationship with God as our loving Father. We first acknowledge God as our Father (not just Creator) and we indicate our willingness to make Him better known and loved by others and to live as His children under His sovereignty, “Hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,” before we present our daily needs, “Give us each day our daily bread,” and then we end by asking that He preserve us in our relationship with Him, “Do not subject us to the final test.”
In the Gospel’s parable, the person in need of three loaves begins with relationship and does not go to a stranger with his request but to a friend, “Friend, lend me three loaves.” He gets what he wants because he perseveres in asking for the same thing. Likewise, the first reason why he gets what he wants is because of their relationship, and secondly because of his persistence, “I tell you if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up and give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.” Perseverance in asking for all our needs matters but prayer must begin with and is sustained by our relationship with God.
We are guaranteed the gift of the Holy Spirit as the first good thing we receive when we pray with persistence to the Father, “How much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” As fruit of prayer, the Spirit first of all deepens our relationship with God as His beloved children. Secondly, the Spirit inspires and moves us to pray as God’s children, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought.” (Rom 8:26) Thirdly, the Spirit enables us to live with and like Jesus Christ who faced and overcame suffering, death and the grave by a prayer initiated and sustained by His Father’s undying love for Him, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Lk 23:46)
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we have this same Spirit of prayer in us today who binds us in a deep relationship with God as His children and gives us a share in Christ’s victory over the adversities of life. Whether our prayers are answered or not, this Spirit is constantly moving us to persevere in prayer because we are made for communion with God. We cannot persevere in prayer if we have reduced prayer to merely begging for our wants and then judging God’s love for us by how He grants our prayers. We will surely know the all-conquering power of His love when we begin and persevere in prayer out of a sense of responding to God’s love for us.
We are witnessing today an intense campaign against illegal drugs here in the Philippines. One reason why illegal drugs are so prevalent is because many of us cannot cope with the pains and hurts of life so we flee to drugs for that brief moment of high when we can feel good about ourselves even if we have to face the destructive effects of such drugs after. We cannot cope with life’s hurts because we do not know that God loves us as we are. We do not know deeply in our hearts that we are loved by God because we do not persevere in prayer. We do not pray with perseverance because we pray only to bring about a change in our conditions in life and we are ready to abandon prayer for any reason when we do not see visible results.
Let us look deep into our selves today. We may not be doing illegal drugs but we all have our little “drugs” which we rely upon to make us feel good when the pains of life become unbearable. It may be alcoholism, internet surfing, gambling, shopping, eating, workaholism, sex, pornography, fame, success, etc. The more we abandon prayer for any reason whatsoever, the more our “drugs” multiply and become more indispensable to us. We cannot overcome the pains of life without a life of unceasing, honest, and true prayer that is fuelled with a desire to enter into a deeper relationship with God and to live constantly under His Lordship.
God is passionately in love with us, ready to raise us up with Christ even when we “are dead in our transgressions.” That is the power of the love that He gratuitously offers to us in Jesus Christ, the only love that can set us free from all bondage and flood our souls with God’s own strength, joy and peace, and hope. We connect with this love only through persevering prayer.
Our Eucharist today is always an outpouring of His Spirit of love in us and an invitation to a strengthened relationship with God, our loving Father. If only we begin again and persevere in prayer till the very end because of our relationship with God, whether our requests are granted or not, this divine love will be in us and then there is nothing that we cannot face and overcome in this life.
Glory to Jesus!!! Honor to Mary!!!
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Yesterday I preached part 2 in the Prayer Principles series at River in the Hills Church. The message was called “Perseverance in Prayer.”
One of the important elements of an effective prayer life is perseverance; an attitude of not giving up. God calls us to persist in our requests to Him and be bold in coming before Him. Many people begin praying but eventually lose heart when they do not see the results that they want. Many believers have become disillusioned with prayer and have given up on it.
If we can understand some of the basic principles of prayer, it will help us to continue to persevere. The delay in our answers to prayer is not because God is reluctant to answer us or to intervene in our lives. There are many factors involved, but it is not a matter of the goodness of God or His willingness to answer our prayers!
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Perseverance in Prayer