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The Great Lessons
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Power of Prayer
now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive,
and your joy will be full.
Once a man appeared
at his friend’s door after midnight. "Lend me three loaves
of bread,” he called. “I have visitors who have travelled
far to see me, and my cupboards are bare."
But his friend
replied: "Please don't disturb me now. The door is locked,
and my children are asleep. I can't get up and help you."
Here is a lesson.
Though the man did not get up and provide the bread because of their
friendship, he did eventually give in to his friend’s earnest
pleading, and rose from his sleep to give him what he asked.
Be so persistent
in your requests to God. Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek,
and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For
everyone who asks receives, those who seek find, and to those who
knock, the door will be opened wide.
In a certain
town, there lived a hard-hearted judge, who neither feared God nor
cared for his neighbour. In the same town there lived a widow, who
pursued him for justice concerning a person who had harmed her.
Time passed, and the judge persisted in ignoring her pleas, refusing
to hear her case, until finally, one day, he said to himself:
I do not fear God, nor concern myself with charity, I will see to
it that this widow gets justice; for she wears me out with her constant
Will not God,
then, offer justice to his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and
night? Will he too ignore your earnest cry for help? I tell you
this: he will see that they who seek him receive justice, and quickly!
And yet, the real question raised in this story is this: When the
Messiah returns, will he find many on the earth with such persevering
I do not mean
that you should let your prayer fall into a pattern of mindless
repetition. The unenlightened pray in this manner, imagining that
they will be heard because of the great number of their prayers.
Do not imitate them. Remember your heavenly Father knows what you
need even before you ask.
Isaiah has written: "My house shall be called by all nations,
a house of prayer."
Pray then, to
the Father who hears your most intimate prayers and rewards them
openly; and whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will provide.
If you live your life in me, and let my words live in you, you may
ask what you wish and it will be given to you.
Pray in this
in heaven, may all the earth recognize that you are the one and
May your kingdom dwell among us. May your purpose be accomplished
on earth, as it is in heaven. Provide us with daily bread to sustain
us, and forgive our falling short. Help us to forgive those who
have wronged us. Keep us from wandering into faithlessness, and
deliver us from the evil one. For to you belongs all power and glory,
eternally. Let it be so."