Homily for Saturday after Epiphany Year A
Theme: EVERY PRAYER IS ANSWERED
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Saturday January 11 2020
READINGS: 1JOHN 5:14-21, PSALM 149, JOHN 3:22-30
√•Believe in the God who believes in you
√•Be resolute in faith
√•Be unswerving in hope
√•Be stubbornly patient
√•Be righteous before God
√•Just believe and pray bro/sis.
My dear friends in Christ, there is no prayer made in FAITH, HOPE, TRUST and CONFIDENCE through Jesus Christ to God that is not answered. Scripture is replete of assurances that God answers our prayers. In Matthew 7:7,8 Christ says, “Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find…” And Matthew 21:22 says: “Whatsoever you ask in prayer…you shall receive”. Also Christ tells us in John 16: 24 that for our joy to be full, we should ask and we shall receive; indeed my dearly beloved, God answers our prayers unless we don’t ask. This explains why St. Paul says in his letter to the Philippians 4:6 that we should let our requests be known to God and supporting this, the apostle James claims; “We don’t have because we don’t ask” (James 4:2).
OUR PRAYER HAS TO BE RIGHT; that is why John says in 1John 5:14 that “…if we ask anything ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, he will hear us”. But how is prayer rightly made? All prayer must be made in faith. Prayer made in doubt is not right. Besides, as we pray, hope must prevail. More so, a total trust and confidence in God must be considered.
Consequently, righteousness is of the essence to every right prayer. One major obstacle to our prayers being favoured by God is SIN! That is why John exhorts us to pray for the forgiveness of those who sin. He further charges us to stay away from idols (sin) 1Jn. 5:21). Beloved in Christ, we ought to strive towards righteousness; then would our prayers be answered swiftly by God.
We should concern ourselves with praying persistently and with childlike trust in Christ. Our concern should be striving to lead righteous lives so that our prayers will be attended to, for “the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the PRAYER OF THE UPRIGHT IS HIS DELIGHT” (Prov. 15:8). May we turn our gaze unto God in our moments of peril, want, suffering, marginalization and so on, trusting that “whatsoever we ask in Jesus’ name, that he will do” (Jn. 14:13,14). PRAY RIGHTLY, TRUST FERVENTLY, HOPE UNRESERVEDLY, BE AS HUMBLE AS JOHN THE BAPTIST AND WAIT PATIENTLY ON GOD, he will come to our aid as he has always done.
FEED AND EDUCATE ONE