[Then Jesus taught] his followers that they should always pray and never lose hope…”God’s people cry to him night and day. God will always give them what is right, and he will not be slow to answer them. I tell you, God will help his people quickly! But when the Son of Man comes again, will he find those on earth who believe in him?”
Luke 18:1, 7-8
It is easy for us to forget that God requires things from us. God’s grace is given to all without the need for us to earn it through good deeds. However, God has expectations, just as all parents have of their children!
When we read God’s word we often spend more time basking in the promises of what God will do for us rather than contemplating what the passage is asking us to do. In the passage above Jesus teaches us that God listens, answers us quickly and seeks to help us. In return, God expects us to believe in him, always pray and not lose hope.
In the rush of a new term, with Year 6 students thinking of moving to high school and our school preparing to welcome new students, let us not forget God’s call for us to pray. Prayer is God’s way of calling us away from our self focused lives and to experience rest, comfort and peace in conversation with him.
Having hope in our modern world can be difficult – the nightly news delivers no comfort to this end. But as Hebrews reminds us, “faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see”.
To have hope is to be obedient in faith. Christians are a people who carry the flame of hope in our world which so often seems lost. May our daily prayers strengthen our resolve to diligently love God’s world and his people, and may we spread the hope which comes from our loving God in doing so.
May God’s peace, comfort and joy rest with us all this week.