Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
“Pray always without becoming weary.”
What? I can barely wake up and begin my day without becoming tired. How do I pray that way and always?
What I believe this really means is to see God everywhere. Be grateful, always, love thy neighbor in every person you encounter, listen, learn, hope and love. Pray often and always to God for your blessings and in your trials, and surrender to Him each day–no matter what. Pray without becoming tired (or bored or indifferent or unfocused or distracted all the things that prevent us from having a deep discussion with God) . . . go to Him for everything.
The Gospel today makes it real. The woman kept hounding the judge, day in and day out, that the judge finally ruled for her because of her persistence–even though he was not an upright judge and didn't believe in God. But alas, God is just and takes care of those who are prayerful and persistent in their petitions and love.
Sometimes I am challenged with persistence in my life; be it a new diet, workout program or focused daily prayer, I am challenged to persist in competition with other tasks in my life. I call it the “Mary/Martha Syndrome.”
Fortitude is another virtue I struggle with; sometimes I just want to give up when the world seems as if it is crashing in on me. Honestly, I just want to hide, but I know the only way I can get through it is with God. I cannot hide from Him who knows everything about me. I need His grace, His guidance and His love.
Whatever it is that you need Jesus’ help with, be persistent and have fortitude. Be dedicated and full of hope, that your prayer will be answered or that God will do the best thing for you. And don’t forget the Angels, Saints, Mary, and Joseph to help intercede on your behalf.
Pray when things are great. Pray when things are good. Pray when things are bad. Pray when things are horrible. Pray when things seem hopeless and then pray some more. The answer to everything is prayer. Do not stop, do not give up, keep praying - always. Look for the Holy Spirit in action all day, keep God in your heart all day, thank Him throughout your day and when you wake up and before you fall asleep.
Saint Mother Teresa, Saint Monica and Saint Joseph, pray for us!
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
What are the things in your life you've been asking for over and over again? How have you seen God work in those things, even if it's not totally clear and over yet?
What is something you know you desire of God? Have you asked Him for it?
How can you be more diligently about making conscience, mental prayer a part of your daily life?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
“Your will, not mine.”
“Come, Holy Spirit.”
“Give me faith to persevere.”
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Commit today to persevering in prayer for something you desire–maybe a situation in life, maybe a virtue you long for, maybe a sin you want to overcome–and make a concrete commitment to pray for God's work in that situation. Set an alarm on your phone for a time to pray, find a person to keep you accountable, or find another way to truly commit yourself to persevering in prayer for this intention.
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Today’s Prayer was prepared by Kendra Von Esh, a Speaker and Author, inspiring others to lead with compassion and enrich their lives through faith and prayer.
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