Perhaps Invasive Prayers Might Help!

When Jesus walked the earth, He learned to be invasive when he prayed. Invasive, consistent, persistent and emotional prayers might evoke responses from God. Jesus therefore, wants to teach you how to pray invasivesly, so let’s get started!

The Pope at his homily at the Casa Santa on Thursday says we must be courageous when we ask something of the Lord. God is the friend who can give us what we need.

A passage in Thursday’s Gospel was at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. The theme that was addressed was that of prayer, of how we must pray. Jesus tells his disciples of a man who, at midnight, knocks at a friend’s house to ask him for something to eat. And the friend replies that it is not the right moment, that he is already in bed, but then gets up and gives him what he asks for.

Pray with courage and without getting tired 

Pope Francis emphasizes three elements: a man in need, a friend, a little bread. It is a surprise visit from the needy friend and his is an insistent request because he has confidence in the friend who has what he needs. The Lord wants to teach us how to pray: said Pope Francis, wants us to pray with “intrusiveness”.
Please be bold, because when we pray we usually have a need. The friend is God: he is a rich friend who has bread, he has what we need. As Jesus said: “In prayer be intrusive. Do not get tired “. But do not get tired of what? Of asking. “Ask and it will be given to you”.

Understand that Prayer is not a magic wand
But, the Pope continued, “prayer is not like a magic wand”, it is not that as soon as we ask, we obtain. It is not a matter of saying two “Our Fathers” and then leaving it at that :Prayer requires effort: it asks us for will, it asks for constancy, it asks us to be determined, without shame. Why? Because I’m knocking on my friend’s door. God is a friend, and with a friend I can do this. A constant, intrusive prayer. Think of Saint Monica, for example, how many years she prayed like this, even with tears, for the conversion of her son. The Lord eventually opened the door.

Fight with the Lord to obtain what you need if it’s part of His plans for your life
Pope Francis then provided another example, recounting a real life story that happened in Buenos Aires: a man, a worker, had a daughter who was dying, the doctors had given up hope and he traveled 70 kilometers to go up to the Shrine of Our Lady of Luján. It was night time and the sanctuary was closed, but he prayed all night long imploring Our Lady: “I want my daughter, I want my daughter, you can give her to me.” And when morning came he returned to the hospital he found his wife who told him: “You know, the doctors took her to do another test, they cannot explain why she woke up and asked for food, there’s nothing wrong, she’s fine, she’s out of danger” This man, Pope Francis concluded, knew how to pray.

The cries of the capricious children
The Pope invited those gathered to think about capricious children when they want something, they cry and cry saying: “I want it! I want it! “And eventually the parents give up. But some may ask: will not God be angry if I do so? It is Jesus himself, said the Pope, who, in anticipating this, told us: If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” God is a friend: he always gives good things. He gives more: I ask you to solve this problem and he solves it and also gives you the Holy Spirit. More. Let’s think a little: how do you pray? Like a parrot? Do I really pray with a need in my heart? Do I Struggle with God in prayer in order for Him to give me what I need if it is right? Am I willing to become a student in Jesus’s school of learning so that I can be taught how to pray, how to follow Jesus and how to become one of Jesus’s disciples?

-POPE FRANCIS

Let Jesus teach you how to become a student in His school of learning, Let Jesus teach you to become empowered to pray invasively. Let Jesus show you what you need to do to walk confidently so that you can become one of His disciples that leads others to Him so that they too can get the help that they may need and want. Join me in this simple prayer,

Dear  Jesus,
I am a sinner in need of your saving grace, I cannot save myself, I invite you to come in my life and become my personal Lord and Savior, teach me how to pray invasively so that I can start to get some help, help me not to give up, give out or faint, when it seems like it is taking way too long, empower me to walk boldly with you proclaiming your good news so that I may testify of your goodness and the gentleness in which you work, so that I may lead others to you that may not yet know you or know of your saving power. Come quickly Jesus and do not delay, for I am tired, confused and I need some help up in this mug, I don’t wanna choke on the vomit on my problems, issues and hard places, HELP me Jesus and I will be helped, Save me Jesus and I will be saved, teach me Jesus and I will be educated it is in your name, I ask and pray. Amen! – Evangelist Wendy Evans

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