Read Acts 18:23-28, Ps. 47:2-3,8-10, John 16:23-28

“Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name.” (John 16:23)

It is one thing to pray but a different thing to have confidence in God. Think of this, almost everybody you know prays. If a church is close to your house, they are probably at prayer right now. People have no problem praying but the real question is: “How many of us believe in the power of prayers?”

In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus tells us: “If you ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name … ask and you will receive, that your joy may be complete.” After asking, the problem is that we refuse to drop our burdens entirely with Jesus. We rise to our feet with heavy hearts like we wasted time praying. If prayer does not leave you joyful and happy, it means you haven’t prayed. Start all over again!

If you do not believe that your prayers are capable of changing anything, then you are yet to understand the meaning of prayer. The deeper your confidence in the power and effectiveness of even a single line of prayer, the more you see the result in your life. Make sure you reflect on every word you utter during prayer, know that whatever you say is heard by God; know that prayer works, prayer changes things.

Our first reading today talks about a Jew named Apollos. He was eloquent, and well-versed in the scriptures even though he was not properly catechized. Thanks to Priscilla and Aquila who took it upon themselves to teach him more. He was able to refute other Jews in public using the Scriptures.

Apollos displayed a willingness to learn from Priscilla and Aquila, which paid off. Sometimes, when gifted, we could easily fall into the trap of pride, refusing to learn and grow. There is nothing as bad as being ignorant and yet arrogant.

Let us pray: Come O Holy Spirit fill our hearts, and enkindle in us your Sacred Fire. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Saturday of the 6th week of Eastertide. Bible Study: Acts 18:23-28, Ps. 47:2-3,8-10, John 16:23-28)

@Rev. Fr. Evaristus E. Abu