July 24, Sunday, the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Daily readings: Genesis18:20-32; Colossians 2:12-14; Gospel: Luke 11:1-13
The essence of prayer is to relinquish control of ourselves to God, demonstrating our faith in him.
It is interesting to know what makes the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray.
The disciples must have seen Jesus live a life full of peace and joy. He encounters many troubles, including the problems and stress they cause him.
How does prayer build resilience in the face of life's storms?
We can recall when Jesus was with some disciples on the boat. When powerful winds heavily tossed the boat, the ship was on the brink of breaking down, yet Jesus was found sleeping soundly, showing no fear.
The disciples woke him up and warned him of possible sinking, but Jesus straightened up, calmed the storms with "be still," and later addressed them: "Why to fear, oh men of little faith."
Yes, for Jesus, prayer means letting go and letting God. It means complete trust in the Lord, whose only desire is to care for his beloved ones.
And that is what the disciples want Jesus to teach them: how to trust, how to let go and let God so that life will be at peace amid storms.
Consider the following: What does prayer mean to you? How do you pray? Do you have faith in God when you pray? What does prayer mean to you during challenging times?
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