Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pope Benedict's School of Prayer - Lesson 4: Jacobs battle with the unknown


During the general audience Benedict XVI, said that "prayer is a struggle, that leads to an encounter with God." The pope chose a portion of the Old Testament that reflects the struggle Jacob faced when trying to speak with God through prayer. 


Benedict XVI 
"Prayer requires closeness. It's a struggle. Getting the blessing requires strength of mind and tenacity, which we can reached only when we acknowledge our weakness and we abandon ourselves to His mercy." 

The pope chose a portion of the Old Testament that reflects the struggle Jacob faced when trying to speak with God through prayer. 

Benedict XVI 
"The whole story presents his struggle, which has no clear winner, leaving the opponent in mystery. Finally it's revealed that God overcomes Jacob, by making him aware of his reality and his innermost being. But in the process of this defeat, he gets the blessing of God. " 

The pope explained how in this struggle, one must address God with perseverance and tenacity. 

Benedict XVI 
"In our prayers, let us ask the Lord to help us as we fight the good fight of faith, and to bless us as we long to see his face." 

Benedict XVI said the search for a good relationship with God is a lifelong task that requires true effort. He also added, that in this struggle, mankind has the support of God. READ MORE

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