Pope Francis spoke on the theme of prayer on Thursday, saying when we pray it’s a bit like annoying God so that he listens to us. His remarks came during his homily at the morning mass in the Santa Marta guesthouse.
at Mass, Pope Francis said "prayer has two attitudes: it’s needy and at
the same time it’s certain of the fact that God, in his own way and his
own time, will answer our need." A person who prays, he continued,
"doesn’t fear disturbing God and nourishes a blind faith in His love."
The Pope recalled how Jesus himself taught us to pray like the annoying
friend who begs for food at midnight or like the widow with the corrupt
judge. Another example he quoted was the gospel account of how the
lepers approached Jesus, saying to him, “if you want, you can cure us.”
this sounds strange,” the Pope said, “but praying is a bit like
annoying God so that he listens to us. He stressed the importance of
praying with insistence and not giving up after the first few attempts.
“Jesus said “ask” but he also said to us, “Knock at the door” and he or
she who knocks at the door makes a noise, disturbs or annoys.”
Pope Francis continued, “prayer is insisting to the point of annoyance
but also with an unshakeable certainty.”
Just like the blind people in
the Gospel who asked Jesus to be healed and when he asked them if they
believed he could cure them, they assured him they did. The Pope
concluding by saying that Jesus feels our need when we pray and also
feels that we are certain of his help and that we’re speaking the truth