Rev. Andrew J. Demotses
I am sure that all of you have shared the frustration that I experienced this morning. I placed a call to a business that services our parish to get an answer to a question, but failed in my attempt. Instead, I battled with a machine that gave me various options that I could access if I would only “please press one,” “please press two,” and so on. Unfortunately none of the “options” offered met my needs. After several failed attempts, I got a line that promised me that eventually I could speak to a live person, only to be held waiting interminably while a canned voice utterly failed to assure me “that your call is important to us.”
As I waited and seethed with frustration, I suddenly thought, “what if God were like that?” What if we could pray to Him only during restricted hours and after overcoming endless hurdles placed in our path? What if we had odd-even praying as they have odd-even parking on the most congested streets of Boston? We can praise God for abolishing the very notion of a time restriction for talking to Him. We can offer up our need any time we wish. There are no praying bans, and no office hours.
This great truth allowed St. Paul to urge us to “pray without ceasing” (I Thess. 5:17). He knew that God was always willing to hear. He is joined in this conviction by a whole host of holy witnesses who, like the Psalmist, could say, “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and He will hear my voice.” (Ps. 55:17).
He will hear our voice precisely because God’s ear is always open to the cries of his children. We are assured that “He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Ps. 121:4), and we are urged to “therefore come boldly to the throne of grace.” (Heb. 4:16). We can talk to God any time of day or night; no appointment needed.
- Rev. Andrew Demotses
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