2728 Finally, our battle has to confront what we experience as failure in prayer: discouragement during periods of dryness; sadness that, because we have “great possessions,”we have not given all to the Lord; disappointment over not being heard according to our own will; wounded pride, stiffened by the indignity that is ours as sinners; our resistance to the idea that prayer is a free and unmerited gift; and so forth. the conclusion is always the same: what good does it do to pray? To overcome these obstacles, we must battle to gain humility, trust, and perseverance.

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    • I’d think that a priest or someone with more wisdom would have a much better and more complete answer than I, but I suppose that part of gaining humility is recognizing your dependence on God, how much of your life is a gift from Him. Remember that you would be nothing without Him, but instead you have and are so much. Every time you find a joy or challenge, know that it’s somehow God’s gift, and serve Him by making the most of it.

  1. I am a castechist from our lady of dolours Parish Chatswood NSW Australia. I am proud to be a catholic, my mission is to let you know the commandment of GOD and to interpret the Bible in this generation 2013, We cannot be judgemental ;
    Proverbs 28:13: He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

    (**NOTE – Besides being unbiblical, not confessing your sins to God’s duly appointed ministers (John 20:22) would be like not ever telling your doctor where your physical ailments are).

    Sirach 4:26: Do not be ashamed to confess your sins, and do not try to stop the current of a river.

    Mark 1:4-5: John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

    John 20:22-23:”And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

    James 5:16: Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.

    1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness

    2 Corinthians 5:18-20: All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

    Acts 19:18-19: Many also of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. And a number of those who practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all; and they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver.

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