TODAY'S THEME: PERSISTENT PRAYER
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So Hashem said, "Because the outcry of Sodom and
Gomorrah has become great, and because their sin has
been very grave, I will descend and see: If they act in
accordance with its outcry which has come to Me -
then destruction! And if not, then I will know."

Abraham came forward and said, "Will you also stamp
out the righteous along with the wicked? What if there
should be fifty righteous people in the midst of the city?
Would You still stamp it out rather than spare the place
for the sake of the fifty righteous people within it? It
would be a sacrilege to You to do such a thing, to bring
death upon the righteous along with the wicked; so the
righteous will be like the wicked...

And Hashem said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous
people in the midst of the city, then I would spare
the entire place on their account."

Abraham responded and said, "Behold, now...what if
the fifty righteous people should lack five? Would you
destroy the entire city because of the five?" And He said,
"I will not destroy if I find there forty-five."

He further continued to speak to Him and he said,"What
if forty would be found there?" And He said, "I will not
act on account of the forty."

And he said, "Let not my Lord be annoyed and I will
speak:"What if thirty would be found there?" And He
said, "I will not act if I find there thirty."

So he said, "...What if twenty would be found there?"
And He said, "I will not destroy on account of the twenty."

So he said, "Let not my Lord be annoyed and I will speak
but this once: What if ten would be found there?" And
He said, "I will not destroy on account of the ten."

Hashem departed when he had finished speaking with
Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.

Genesis 18: 20-21, 23-33
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, ltd. 2005

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Supplication means to ask with earnestness,
with intensity, with perseverance. It is a
declaration that we are deadly serious about
this prayer business. We are going to keep at
it and not give up. John Calvin writes, "We
must repeat the same supplications not twice
or three times only, but as often as we have
need, a hundred and a thousand times...We must
never be weary in waiting for God's help."


Excerpted from "Seeking the Kingdom,"
by Richard J. Foster
HarperSanFrancisco, 1995



 

Perhaps, in the long run, there is no finer image for the
prayer of hope than the relation of little children toward
their mother. All day long they ask for things, but the love
they have for their mother does not depend on her fulfilling
all these wishes. Little children know that their mother will
do only what is good for them, and in spite of occasional fits
and a few short-lived tantrums if they don't get their way,
they continue to be convinced that, in the end, their mother
does only what she knows is best for them.

Excerpted from "With Open Hands,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Ballantine Books, 1987

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I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.
I believe in love even when feeling it not.
I believe in God even when he is silent.


Jewish prayer

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If you can just once "break bread" with the Lord,
break His silence, He will talk often with you. But in
the beginning it is very difficult; it is not easy to
become acquainted with God, because He wants to
be sure that you really desire to know HIm. He gives
tests to see if the devotee wants Him or something
else. He will not talk with you until you have convinced
Him that no other desire is hiding in your heart. Why
should He reveal Himself to you if your heart is
filled only with longings for His gifts?

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Founder of the Self Realization Fellowship




And (Jesus) said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me
three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my
house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,' and
he says in reply from within, 'Do not bother me; the door has
already been locked, and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.' I tell you, if he does not
get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.

And I tell you, 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 open.

If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts
to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven
give the holy Spirit to those who ask him?"

Luke 11: 5-10, 13
The New American Bible

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These parables have been a special grace to me, for
how quickly I lose heart. Perhaps you know what I
mean. We pray once or twice, and when nothing seems
to move, we go on to other matters, or sulk in self-pity,
or even give up on prayer altogether. Our quick-fix
approach is a little like turning on a light switch, and,
if the lights do not come up immediately, declaring,
"Well, I didn't believe in electricity anyway!"

But Jesus gives us an altogether different vantage point
from which to view our prayer work. Prayer, he says,
is a little like a helpless widow who refuses to accept
her helplessness and instead stands up to injustice, and
her persistence wins the day (Luke 18: 1-8). It is some-
thing like forcing a neighbor to help provide food for a
stranger -- even though to do so is terribly inconvenient --
...(Luke 11: 5-13). In each case the point of the
teaching is persistence. We keep asking,
we keep seeking, we keep knocking.

Excerpted from "Seeking the Kingdom,"
by Richard J. Foster

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Prayer is the key of the morning
and the bolt of evening.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Internationally esteemed Indian philosopher


 

And now, the Last Word:

I want the infinite!
I want wisdom!

Rumi (1207-1273)
Persian Muslim (Sufi) poet and theologian



 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus quote:

An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.

Lao Tzu

 


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