Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
The readings of today seem to speak to us about two different themes: while the first reading speaks about ‘The Word of God’; the Gospel reading speaks about ‘Prayer’.
Though they seem to be different themes, ‘Prayer’ and ‘Word of God’ have got a significant connection. When we pray through the Word of God or when we use the Word of God in prayer, our prayer becomes intense and acceptable. This is because as God Himself testifies His Word is effective and will not return empty (Is 55:10-11). Some of the simplest prayers like ‘Our Father’ and ‘Hail Mary’ are so powerful because they are in truth the Words of God. Jesus taught us the ‘Our Father’ and ‘Hail Mary’ is in fact the actual words of God Himself. When we use this powerful Word of God in our prayer, our prayer too becomes powerful. Even Jesus did this when He was tempted by Satan. Sadly, many Christians do not realize this truth and hardly ever give importance to the Word of God in their life and prayer.
As a priest of God, I do get to meet a lot of people struggling with different kinds of problems, both in the physical realm and the spiritual realm. Most of these problems and their consistency can be either traced back to lack of prayer or lack of reading the Word of God (The Bible) or both. Many times it is sad to notice that people complain about their problems without turning to the Word of God or prayer. Some people even seek magical effects from God. They want to pass exams without studying, spend money without earning, love without sacrificing, etc. Unfortunately with our God, these things are impossible. He is concerned about efforts more than results and despises magic. He is not concerned with eloquence of words but the sincerity of heart.
Are you struggling with something in life? Do you need help or deliverance from God? Turn to God in prayer. Learn to use the Word of God that your prayers too may become powerful like that of Jesus Himself.