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<< Thursday, October 10, 2002 >>
 
Galatians 3:1-5
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Luke 1:69-75 Luke 11:5-13
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THE PRIVILEGED POWER OF PRAYER

 
"So I say to you, 'Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.' For whoever asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; whoever knocks, is admitted." —Luke 11:9-10
 

Through persistence, we can get others to give us something even when they don't want to give (Lk 11:8). How much more will we receive from God our Father, Who loved us so much that He gave us His Son! (Jn 3:16) "Is it possible that He Who did not spare His own Son but handed Him over for the sake of us all will not grant us all things besides?" (Rm 8:32)

Almost all children receive good things from their parents, despite the parents' sins (see Lk 11:11-13). "How much more will your heavenly Father give good things to anyone who asks Him!" (Mt 7:11) In fact, our heavenly Abba will give us not only good things but even the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, God Himself. The Spirit will help us pray (Rm 8:26-27), give us supernatural gifts (1 Cor 12:4ff), guide us to all truth (Jn 16:13), make us holy (see Gal 5:22-23), and renew the face of the earth (Ps 104:30).

Because of our Father Who is Love (1 Jn 4:8, 16), Jesus' crucifixion, and the power of the Holy Spirit, it is absolutely certain that all our prayers will be answered — either as expected or in a better way. Therefore, there is "the necessity of praying always and not losing heart" (Lk 18:1).

 
Prayer: Father, fill me with joyful, expectant faith when I pray.
Promise: "God lavishes the Spirit on you and works wonders in your midst." —Gal 3:5
Praise: Warren, a former Protestant minister, and Nora, his wife, left their congregation and converted to the Catholic faith, receiving their First Communion together just before Christ's Christmas coming.
 
(For a related teaching, order our tape Daily Prayers on audio AV 62-3 or video V-62.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Richard L. Klug, April 10, 2002
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 18, 2002
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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