Be constant in prayer. This means that your heart is always open to the Lord. It is a state of continual prayer. That’s what today’s daily devotional for October 30 is about.
Daily Devotional for October 30
“Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” (full text at Luke 18:1-8)
Be Constant in Prayer
When asked, “How many times should I pray?” – Jesus answers: “Always!”
Prayer – like love – cannot be counted. Does anyone ask how many times a day a mother loves her child? You can love at different levels of perception, but you cannot love at specific intervals. You love always.
It is the same with prayer.
The first level of prayer is to set aside regular time for prayer. Jesus Himself gave us an example of such prayer. The Gospels tell us that He prayed during the day, after dark, early in the morning, and sometimes throughout the night. Prayer was the foundation of his life.
The second level of prayer is constant prayer. Jesus’ example also tells us something else significant: it is not an illusion to think that we can pray all the time, that prayer can become the breath of our soul in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, even if we do not set aside a specific time for prayer.
Your soul is simply breathing in the Lord, and you are busy with all the affairs and worries of the day. Your heart is always open to the Lord. This is a state of constant prayer. It comes with experience.
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Today’s Gospel ends with Jesus’ question, “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). The answer depends on each one of us, on our ability to set aside time for prayer because it is the only prayer that sustains the light of faith – the desire for God.
Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, in the ebb and flow of life, anchor my spirit to the steadfast rhythm of prayer. Amid distractions, teach me the discipline to carve sacred moments dedicated to You. In Your presence, let me find the resolve to be unceasing in prayer, to converse with You with the constancy of the rising sun. Illuminate my path even in the silence or storm; I recognize You beckoning me closer. May my every breath resonate with thanksgiving, petition, and quiet reflection, an ongoing dialogue with You, my eternal source of strength and refuge. In Jesus’ name. Amen.