Saturday’s Gospel reading reveals to us one of these many aspects of prayer; which is that even after we have asked God repeatedly for something and for a long time and do not receive it, we must not lose our trust in God. We must undeterred continue to pray. We must trust that God will never abandon us, He tells us in John 14:18 that He will never leave us as orphans. If, in Saturday’s Gospel, the Widow received justice by essentially being annoying to the Unjust Judge, how much more will our Just and Righteous God do for us if we keep constantly praying to Him?
In fact, Apostle Paul urges us to pray unceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We must trust that God will answer our prayers and ultimately, He will what is best for us. We need to pray as reaching out to God constantly through prayer is therapeutic for our souls. Prayer is a two-way conversation but, because in our spiritually unhealthy state, we cannot hear or see the Lord. Matthew 5:8 states that blessed are those who are pure (spiritually healthy) in heart, they shall see God. Therefore, this is why we should pray the prayers that the Church Fathers have set for us as it puts us on the path towards spiritually healing and recovery so we can become pure in heart. It would be good to pray some of the Morning Prayers from an Orthodox Prayer book each morning and the Evening Prayers (or the longer Service of Small Compline) each evening with our families. These prayers, combined with the “Jesus Prayers” whenever we have a free moment (“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have Mercy on Me”) are therapeutic for our souls. It is not wrong to ask God for things that are good for us or for things that we need but this is not the primary and only function of prayer—the primary function of prayer is therapy for our souls, especially when combined with the Sacramental Life of the Church.
May our Christ our True God grant us true Spiritual Health through the Sacramental Life of the Church and through Prayer. Amen.