Perseverance in Prayer
Reflection on the Gospel of the Thursday
In today’s Gospel Passage, Jesus is teaching his disciples to pray, and by extension, he is also teaching us to pray and pray persistently. Today’s scripture story tells us of the friend who is need and is provided not because he asked/prayed once and gave up, but he persisted in his asking. The relation of friendship is seen here, the needy friend knew the situation and the reason why he couldn’t get what he asked for, but also knew if he persisted, his friend would would give. How is our relationship and friendship with the Lord? To reach this stage we need to spend time with the Lord and grow in His friendship. In todays gospel Jesus is concretely telling us to ask, knock, seek, in other words pray and be persistent in prayer and he will provide. The challenge for us today is to wait on the Lord, the fruit of waiting is unmeasurably. The Lord provides more than what we ask, we ask according to our earthy limits, we need to wait unto the Lord and He will bestow on us gifts with no limit, earthly and heavenly. Verse 5:13 sums it up, “If you, then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Holy Spirit help us in our daily prayers, to ask, seek and knock, Holy Spirit help us to spend time and relate our worries and joys with the Lord.