Our faith is a gift from God. The end of today's Gospel poses the question: "When the Son of Man returns to earth, how much faith will He find?" So how have we~ how have I made use of this gift of faith? Maybe that is the more pertinent question for us at this moment.
God knows what we need, but wants us to come to Him ourselves. Our faithful persistence and perseverance seems to be a way to show God how badly we really want what we are asking. I think we need to remember that we are on God's time even though sometimes, most times we would like Him to be on ours. My faith assures me that He always hears me and answers me. The answer may not always be what we want or expect, but Father truly does know best. Sometimes He says no and sometimes He says "I have something better in mind." We as His children need to persevere in our prayer, for prayer is our constant conversation with our Creator. The best prayer we can persevere in is, "Father, Thy will be done." If that prayer was good enough for Jesus at the most difficult and painful time in His earthly life, it is certainly good enough for us.
For those times that we grow weary like Moses in today's first reading, well God provides earthly and heavenly helpers to keep our arms raised in prayer, and for those times when we can not raise our arms or our voices, those helpers will raise us to God in their own prayers.
*Reflection based on readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time.