Pope Francis stunned some, was admired by others and was condemned by a few when he answered a question with these words: “I am a sinner on whom the Lord has turned his gaze.” We probably know where he stands, kneels or sits when he approaches his prayer time.
The widow last week had a fairly determined and robust approach to her prayer. She kept at it. This week we are given two further examples of people at prayer. Firstly, the “look how good I am” approach. This demands an answer from God (because I am so good and do so much, especially when I compare myself with others). On the other hand, the prayer arises from an acute recognition of the reality of creature and Creator.
Everybody has a theory on prayer. No one method suits all. But pray we must. Luke seems to favour the approach that prayer is faith in action. Prayer is not an optional extra. It is not a simple exercise in piety. It can become, so it seems, that for Luke your prayer describes your relationship with your God. It follows, then, that the way you pray reveals the truth of that relationship: flippant, take it or leave it, demanding, or it happens only when I need something.
Pray we must.
Faith calls us to “cry out to the Lord” day and night. For it recognises that “without me you can do nothing.”
P.S. Team Oceania meeting is this coming weekend. It’s hand-over time. Your prayers please.