THURSDAY, TWENTY SECOND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Col 1: 9-14; Ps 98: 2-6; Lk 5: 1-11
BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU PRAY FOR
Prayers are precious and are sacred acts. At times, we talk so superficially about them when things go wrong or when disaster strikes. We seldom stop to think about what we are doing when we say we are going to pray. The simplest definition of prayer according to St. Teresa of Avila is that prayer is a conversation with God. It is talking to or with God who is the infinite, omniscient, creator of the cosmos. Our prayers reveal much about ourselves: our understanding of who God is, our relationship with God and with others.
In today’s first reading, St. Paul makes a beautiful prayer for the Church, that is to the people of Colossians. Paul starts out by describing his prayer for the church. We can learn from his prayer: who God is, who we are, and what must be the posture of our heart before God. Firstly, Paul prays for: the knowledge of God’s will through perfect wisdom and spiritual understanding, the will to walk worthily and thus be pleasing to God, the will to bear fruit through good works and an increase in their knowledge of God.
Secondly, Paul prays for their heart/attitude, that they may be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might, that they may endure everything with patience and joy, and that they are always thankful, for God had qualified them, delivered them, transferred them, redeemed them and forgiven them.
One of the most important things we can do is to pray for others. At times, praying for another can seem futile and unproductive. We may not see any immediate results and conclude that praying for them is a waste of time. But do not let yourself fall into that trap. Praying for those whom God has put into your life is the greatest act of mercy we can show to others. Our prayers may thus become the key to their eternal salvation.
Response: The Lord has made known his salvation.
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