Bartering with God

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In this week’s First Reading, Abraham feels that he has to barter with God to save Sodom and Gomorrah. Throughout his negotiations he worries that God will grow impatient or angry with him. But God answers his prayers “I will not destroy it.”

In the Gospel, prayer is in the form of petitions. Petitions are demands made on God which is a very bold way to pray. It is a way to stay in prayer with confidence, trust and persistence. God longs for us to ask, seek, knock.

With all the issues that are plaguing our world especially our nation in the present time, we need to persistently ask, seek, and knock. In the Gospel there is an expectation of the person petitioning that because the dweller of the house is a friend he will answer or will finally get tired of the knocker’s persistence and respond. God is our friend, so we should have the same expectations. We must ask, seek, knock persistently for God to answer our petitions to overcome the problems of gun violence, immigration, climate change, elections etc. etc. and we must remember that God is greater and more generous than we can imagine. God doesn’t need for us to tell him what we need, prayer is for us. God knows the condition of our world and especially our nation. But God wants us, needs us to express our faith and confidence.

Sr. Marge Wissman, OSF
FAN Board Member

Suggested Petitions:

That we will never stop asking, seeking and knocking on God’s door, we pray…

For an end to the social problems we experience today, we pray…

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