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Take refuge in prayer

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Speaking Tree
27th January, 2021 05:10 IST

Endeavour, time and God’s grace are required for successful accomplishment of any undertaking. Reaping a good harvest requires ploughing and sowing of seeds. Then we need to give time for the seeds to sprout and grow into crop. But, often, despite putting in best efforts, success somehow evades us.

Besides endeavour and time, the third factor, God’s grace, is also required. The first two factors are relatively under our control but there are some things over which we have no control. For, hasn’t it been said that there is many a slip between the cup and the lip?


What, then, should we do to obtain the desired result? By seeking the help of God, who governs Creation and its laws and also dispenses the result of action, not only would we take the path that would lead to greater knowledge and confidence; we would also prepare ourselves to receive His grace. Prayer is a means to win His grace.

Prayer is an entreaty. There is humility in prayer. It shows a keen awareness and acceptance of one’s own limitations as well as an acceptance of the limitless source. In prayer, there is trust and conviction that God is not only omniscient and omnipotent, but He is also benevolent. Prayer is also a way of examining ourselves and recognising our vulnerability.

There is doubt that if God is omniscient, He knows that the one who prays is confident of what he wants. Then, where is the need to pray? God is omniscient and yet we are expected to do our part to receive His grace, which is there for the asking. Here, self-effort comes into play.

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