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God, I Need Help!

Then He told them a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart
Exodus 17:8-13; Psalm 121:1-8; II Timothy 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8

Sermon Week Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 18:1

In his book entitled, "For the Love of God," the late author Dr. Wayne Dyer offered a reflection on his prayer life. He writes . . .

"I find God by giving myself time every day — through prayer, or meditation, or whatever you want to call it — to go into another level of consciousness. I close my eyes and breathe. I center myself and empty my mind and begin to feel the love that is there when I quiet down enough to feel. As I do this, I transcend time and space, and I am in the very presence of God, and it puts me into a state of harmony and bliss that transcends anything I've ever known.

He continues, "How you do it doesn't matter. It doesn't come about in some linear fashion or by studying somebody else's ways. The secret is in permitting yourself to experience it firsthand, and then living whatever messages you're getting. When you experience this, you connect in a loving way to everything in the universe."

One of the things that were uppermost in the Apostle Paul's mind during his early ministry was the idea of praying without ceasing. In First Thessalonians, the New Testament book that takes us closest to Jesus chronologically, Paul writes, "Rejoice always, never cease praying, render constant thanks; such is God's Will for you in Jesus Christ" (1 Thes. 5:16-18).

What did Paul mean when he wrote, "never cease praying"? He cannot have intended that you are to spend all your time praying, in a formal sense. It seems obvious, first of all, that Paul's instruction is based on the assumption that you already are engaged in regular, formal prayer; that you set aside a particular time (or times) each day to experience God's Presence in an attitude of prayer. Jesus Himself is your Model for this. There are many episodes in the Gospels in which He withdraws to a quiet place to pray. Not unlike the experience of Dr. Dyer, if taking time out to pray is something you want to do, something that is [...]

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