‘The angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son'” – Luke 1:13
Today’s readings present us with 2 men, Manoah and Zechariah both of whose wives were barren and had all but given up hopes of bearing a child.
Yet, we read that, despite their situation being seemingly hopeless, they continued praying to God without fail. Seeing their persistence in prayer, God has compassion on them and blesses them each with a child.
St. John Baptist de la Salle writes,
“We should have frequent recourse to prayer, and persevere a long time in it. God is not weary of hearing us. The treasure of His graces is infinite. We can do nothing more pleasing to Him than to beg incessantly that He bestows them upon us.”
Our biggest problem with regard to prayer is: Being persistent.
Jesus calls us to make a beginning and if we find it difficult to pray or if we are struggling to pray then just tell Him so.
“You don’t know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God, and as soon as you have said, ‘Lord, I don’t know how to pray!’ You can be sure, you have already begun”
– St. Josemaria Escriva
Ultimately, prayer is a two way process.
“It is our part to seek, His to grant what we ask; ours to make a beginning, His to bring it to completion; ours to offer what we can, His to finish what we cannot”
– St. Jerome
With one week to go to Christmas day, can you spend the next 7 days praying one decade of the rosary daily for a family member/friend who is struggling physically or spiritually?