Raise Your Hands

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"WILL NOT GOD THEN SECURE THE RIGHTS OF HIS CHOSEN ONES WHO CALL OUT TO HIM DAY AND NIGHT? WILL HE BE SLOW TO ANSWER THEM? I TELL YOU, HE WILL SEE TO IT THAT JUSTICE IS DONE FOR THEM SPEEDILY." (Lk.18:1-8)

"Kindly raise your hands," the priest said before he begins the homily.

Then he added, "Would you like to raise your hands until the end of the Mass?"

Of course the answer is "No." Why? Because it is tiring.

So, if life is a battle, then we have to keep raising our hands in prayer like Moses.

When Moses raises his hands up, the Israelites have a better fight against the Amalekites. But when he lowers down his hands, the enemies have a better fight (Ex.17:8-13).

Praying always without being weary and without being worried is what the Lord Jesus wants from his disciples.

Why do we get tired sometimes when it comes to prayer?

We get tired because we are not used to it. It must become a habit - a prevailing disposition. An athlete without the habit of practicing one's field or sport, one easily gets tired.

We get tired because we don't take time to listen. Instead, we keep on talking. Try to talk without stopping, it is tiring. Prayer is a dialogue. One must learn to talk and to listen. Two persons who simultaneously talk will never get the chance to understand one another. This is the reason why there are those who do not understand God's answers to one's prayer.

We get tired in prayer because we expect too much. Many times, our prayer is asking God to "supply" us with what we need and what is lacking in us. Prayer is not only, "God supply me," but "God surprise me!"

We get tired in prayer because we sometimes suspect, meaning, we doubt or question God's answers. God answers us already but we are doubtful because we seek for more, we seek for answers that suit to our wants. St. Catherine of Sienna' s experience teaches us that true prayers goes like this: We pray "based on who we are" and God will answer us "based on who He is." God after all is always faithful, providential and powerful.

Unlike the dishonest judge, God will render justice to us, like the widow who never gets tired of asking and begging for favour.

The widow, in comparison to the dishonest judge, is powerless and has nothing.

When we pray without becoming weary and without becoming worry, God will show us His power in our powerlessness. In our nothingness, God gives us something, enough even for us to ask for nothing.

Pray without CEASING.


"Raise your hands!"