My grandmother Lester was a woman of prayer. She included a saying in her prayers that family members have continued throughout the years: “This is what we’re praying for, and now we’re waiting to see.” Often when we share concerns within our family, we end with her wise words which serve as a faith builder for us.

Prayer is an integral part of who we are as children of God. Imagine a child who never talks with their parents or a parent who never hears the cries and joys of their child. How difficult it would be to deepen such a relationship! How easy it would be to begin to think that love, care, and concern did not exist in the relationship! God beckons us to pray and to trust that our prayers are heard and met completely with God’s gracious and steadfast love.

When Elijah prayed for the rain to stop, he did so to show God’s power and faithfulness. (See 1 Kings 17:1.) Elijah had a close relationship with God. His praying was constant. He brought his anger, confusion, doubt, hopes, dreams, and sorrows straight to the God of heaven. His prayers were effective. They changed him, and they changed the lives of people around him.

My grandmother Lester had nine children, twenty-eight grandchildren, and many great-grands after that. Her prayers for us were constant. We often reflect on the blessings of love that are present in our family. Did we create that love? Or is it the answer to the faithful prayers my grandmother prayed for us each day as she prayed with the trust of a daughter, a child of God: “Lord, this is what we’re praying for, and now we’re waiting to see”?

Lord, forgive us when we fail to bring all things to you in prayer. Thank you for reminding us that you are with us in prayer. You are faithful to respond, and our prayers are moving mountains that we will one day see. Thank you for your faithfulness. Amen.

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Leer Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-50

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Leccionario Semanal
September 20–26, 2021
Resumen de la Escritura

The Jewish people have faced possible destruction numerous times. The story begins not with the Holocaust in Europe but far back in history during the time of Esther. The wicked Haman plots to wipe out God’s people, but God saves the people through Esther’s courage. The psalmist praises God for this kind of salvation from seemingly impossible circumstances. Although we may not face genocide, we have our own struggles. James encourages us to pray with faith, believing that God can and will answer. Our prayers are powerful, James assures us. Jesus teaches us the importance of letting nothing stand between God and us. Using vivid hyperbole, he admonishes us to put the pursuit of God above everything else and to support others in that same pursuit.

Preguntas para la reflexión

Read Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22. When have you chosen to speak out in a way that made you vulnerable in order to help someone else?
Read Psalm 124. Recall a time when you had a strong sense of God’s being on your side. What was the situation? How did that assurance come?
Read James 5:13-20. How do the members of your faith community pray with and for one another?
Read Mark 9:38-50. Whoever is not against you is for you. How can you share God’s love with those outside your inner circle?

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