Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Unanswered Prayers (Garth Brooks)

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs
That just because he doesn’t answer 
Doesn’t mean he don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers

To hear Garth Brooks sing the entirety of Unanswered Prayers, click on the video below:

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

To clasp the hands in prayer (Karl Barth)

  To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.

--Karl Barth

Monday, October 21, 2019

Pray with persistence (Bishop Robert Barron)

  What is prayer, and how should we pray?  Prayer is intimate communion and conversation with God.  Judging from Jesus’ own life, prayer is something that we ought to do often, especially at key moments of our lives.

  Well, how should we pray?  What does it look like?  You have to pray with faith, and according to Jesus’ model, you have to pray with forgiveness.  The efficacy of prayer seems to depend on the reconciliation of differences.

  You also have to pray with persistence.  One reason that we don’t receive what we want through prayer is that we give up too easily.  Augustine said that God sometimes delays in giving us what we want because he wants our hearts to expand.

  Finally, we have to pray in Jesus’ name.  In doing so we are relying on his influence with the Father, trusting that the Father will listen to him.

--Bishop Robert Barron, Gospel Reflection, June 19, 2019