Not Afraid to Be a Bother

In my morning drive to work I often try to turn the radio down, pray a rosary, and tell the Lord the who and the what of all the desires of my heart:

. . . for healing for a friend’s little one—check.
. . . for family bonds to be restored—check.
. . . for my vocation to be realized—check.
. . . for all the others who have asked me to pray for them (even though I can’t remember them all in that particular moment)—check, check, check.

I would love to say that I mention each one of these intentions with love and trust, confident that He’ll hear me.

The truth is that sometimes I grow tired of praying for the same things, over and over again. I desire to be more like the widow in today’s Gospel (see Luke 18:1-8) and I am truly willing to pray, but I want to see the results on my timeline. I am a painful product of our results-oriented culture that puts too much emphasis on the end goal and not nearly enough emphasis on the journey.

It’s this widow, Sisters, who is keeping me motivated today. She’s the one who isn’t afraid to ask for big things, or difficult things, or impossible things. She trusts that justice and goodness will be done in her life. And, she’s not afraid to be a bother. Don’t I wish I could master that!

If you are feeling discouraged in prayer, look to the story of the widow today for encouragement. Take a deep breath, and ask the Holy Spirit for a newfound zeal and perseverance in prayer as you recount your heart’s intentions. Ask Him for the courage to “be a bother,” and stand in gratitude for the good He will do.

Not on our timeline, but on His.

If you are feeling discouraged in prayer, look to the story of the widow today for encouragement. // Karen Schultz Click To Tweet

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Karen Schultz hails from the Land of 10,000 lakes, where she is often found in or near one of them. As a doula, lactation educator, and FertilityCare Practitioner, she finds joy in helping women to embrace the gift of their bodies. Downtime is found in quiet adoration chapels, farmers markets and gardens, listening to bluegrass music, and embracing the diversity of Minnesota’s seasons. She is a contributing author to our Works of Mercy Study: MisericordiaYou can find out more about her here.

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    Ida Adams
    November 16, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Oh, how I needed to hear that today! I despair about the direction our country is taking. I pray so hard and yet it just seems to get worse and worse. The hatred lies bigotry. It breaks my heart.
    Then I have to remind myself time and time again that my timeline and God’s has never matched up.

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    Angi Scott
    November 16, 2019 at 8:22 am

    My prayer life as of late has looked much more like a desert than a rushing waterfall. For so long my list of intentions seemed to be endless, and it felt like I was praying the same prayer every day. Eventually, I would start my mornings by reading the meditation but not always finding time for prayer. This morning after reading your devotion, I started those same list of prayers. But instead of asking for prayer intentions for all those on my list, I said a prayer of gratitude for small and large things that had happened in each of those peoples lives. I now realize how God has been answering my prayers in His perfect timing and in His perfect way. This was the message He wanted me to hear, and I thank you for being His messenger.

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    November 16, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you for this encouraging devotion. The words were perfect for what I’ve been going through. I’ve been praying for over a year to have another baby, I’m 45 and the chances are small, but it’s still possible. I’ve been growing tired of praying over and over again and as time passes my body grows older and my chances slimmer. It’s ironic that the lady who wrote today’s devotion is a Fertility Care Practitioner.

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