Persistence In Prayer


The Gospel today from Luke 11:5-13 is about persistence in prayer. We remember Jesus telling us … 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.

Yesterday, all of us choir directors received an email from our music coordinator asking if someone could cover the 9am Mass. I ignored the email figuring someone else would answer it but I prayed something like Lord, if you want me to play this Mass then you will make it happen and I trust in you.

I am at work today and after closing the doors of the office, I walked to church for Mass. When I came back to work from Mass, I was feeling very tired, had a runny nose and wondering if I am getting sick. I checked my email and there was one from the music coordinator asking me if I would cover the Mass because no one else stepped up. I wrestled with this and on my drive home, I decided to call my guitar player to see if he would do the Mass with me because if I was sick, he could sing and play and I could accompany him.

Being the great man that he is, he said yes. I went home with the intent of preparing the music and let our music coordinator know but as I went to compose the email, the music coordinator had sent me another email saying that it was covered. Now I personally think that I was being tested by God to trust Him by saying yes and committing to serve even though I was not feeling well. All the while, He had another plan.

What does this have to do with persistence in prayer? Knowing our music coordinator, she was praying for help in covering that Mass. I believe she was persistent and God answered her prayer with the right people He wanted to cover the Mass. And, at the same time, he sent a reminder to me that I must trust Him. He knows if I am the right person. I  must be open to His call without fear of sickness or any prideful/vain reasons to not want to serve. God loves us all so much. He is amazing!

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Mike Burke; Thursday, October 6, 2016
Persistence In Prayer