October 20, 2109
Ex 17:8-13 Ps 121 2 Tim 3:14-4:2 Heb 4:12 Lk 18:1-8
Winners never quit...Quitters never win
There was a young lady. One day, she was driving her car along with her dad. As she was driving her car, a heavy wind started blowing, and a storm hit the road. She saw cars pulling over to the side of the road and got perplexed. She asked her dad, “Dad, shall I pull the car over to the side?” Her dad replied, “Keep driving.” Listening to her dad, she drove for a mile. This time, the storm was terrible and getting worse and worse. She saw an eighteen wheeler truck pulled over to the side. She got terrified and said again to her dad, “Dad, shall I pull over the car to the side?” Her dad replied, “Do not quit driving, keep going.” After driving for two miles amidst the storm and strong wind, she saw the sun coming out and the roads becoming clear. At this point, her father said, now you can pull over and get out. She said, “but why now?” He said, “When you get out, look back at all the people that quit driving and see that they are still in the storm. Because you never quit your driving, your storm is over now.
Dear people of God,
As the young lady was trying to quit her driving in the middle of the storm, it is also possible for us to quit praying when we feel that prayer is useless and doesn’t pay off.
It’s easy for us to quit praying when we realize that our prayers do not bear any fruit and go unanswered by God.
It’s easy for us to quit praying when we experience discouragement, doubt, impatience, temptations, laziness, and dryness.
It’s easy for us to quit praying when we go through physical and emotional problems.
It is easy for us to quit praying when we believe that studies, work, sports and money are our topmost priorities.
It’s easy to quit praying, to lose heart, and to lose our faith.
At this point, it is good to look at today’s readings. In today’s first reading, we see Moses going to the mountain for prayer and we see him becoming tired of praying because of the pain that he experiences in his hand.
But, he doesn’t lose heart. He doesn’t quit praying because of the pain that he experienced in his hand. Rather, He continues to kneel before God and stretches out his hand in prayer.
The Scripture says, “Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed.” In other words, whenever Moses prayed kneeling before God and stretching his hand, the Israelites prevailed the enemies. Whenever Moses quit praying, the enemies prevailed over the Israelites.
In today’s gospel, Jesus tells his disciples that it’s possible for them to quit praying because of the troubles that they will undergo in the future in the name of Jesus, and asks them to pray without becoming weary like that of the widow, who had no one to rely on. He promises his disciples that God will secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night, will be quick to answer them and grant them justice speedily.
My dear people of God,
We don’t need to stop praying because of the struggles that we face in our day to day life.
We don’t need to stop praying thinking that our prayer is useless and doesn’t pay off.
We don’t need to quit praying believing that God does not listen to our prayers.
Rather, let us be persistent in our prayer...let us continue to pray...Let us make appointments with God every day. Let us continue to kneel before God in prayer because the one who kneels before God will never kneel before his enemies.
The stress we have, the depression we experience, the trials we go through, and the struggles we meet are invitations for persistent prayer. God answers our stress, depression, trials and struggles when we pray to him day and night and work on them. God is not stingy. God is generous. He is waiting on us.
Psalm 94:09 says that the one who created our eyes will see our tears and the one who created our ears will hear our cry.
My dear brothers and sisters of Christ the King,
God listened to the persistent prayers of Moses and defeated the enemies of Israel.
God listened to the persistent prayers of Hannah and blessed her with a baby boy Samuel, a great prophet in the Old Testament.
God listened to the persistent prayer of St. Monica for the conversion of her wayward son Augustine and made Augustine a saint and a great doctor of the Church.
No persistent prayers go unanswered. Only people who persist in prayer win over the struggles of this earthly life. That’s why I would like to emphasize, “Winners never quit...Quitters will never win.”
Be persistent in your prayers and prayer life. Amen!
Deacon Michael Prakasam