Fervent Prayer

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God wants to know our deepest desires. So we should pray for those. More on that in a moment. In our Gospel reading today from Mark 1, Jesus expels an unclean spirit from a man. The people around him were amazed, and recognized that Jesus taught and acted “with authority.”

In our first reading today from 1 Samuel 1, Hannah goes into the temple to pray. Her prayer was not a formulaic, rote prayer, but one from the very depths of her soul. She was weeping copiously and could not even speak, but was mouthing the words to God. Eli, the priest, thought she was drunk, so he scolded her. Hannah explains her situation (she was barren and wanted a son, which she would dedicate to God), and God answers her prayer and gives her a son, Samuel.

Have you ever been in a situation like Hannah? Where you want something so desperately that you literally cry out to God? Perhaps the healing of a loved one or, like Hannah, a child. Whatever that deepest desire of your heart, God wants to know it. He wants you to take it to him in prayer. And then, as the old saying goes, expect a miracle. God is able. After all, he’s in the miracle business. So what is it that your heart desires? Take it to God, and let God take it from there.

Father, give us an ever greater desire to share everything with you. Hear our prayers and answer them through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Today’s Readings


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