Catholic devotional DAILY DEVOTIONS: Jan 12 'Faith and Confidence'

'Faith and Confidence'
We have this confidence in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
- 1 John 5:14
It's not easy to maintain this confidence. There are times when it feels as though our prayers are not heard and it's a struggle to just keep praying. Now and then, I do just give up, grab a second cup of coffee and move on with my day. But in keeping my appointment with prayer the next day, I do express more confidence in God than I feel.

It takes a true act of faith, not felt confidence, to continue praying, and somehow, it's that faith that seems to be important to God. How often did Jesus tell people that their faith had saved them?

Richard Rohr says that we don't think our way into a new way of acting, we act our way into a new way of thinking. Daily prayer is acting on the confidence Saint John expresses, and slowly, we can begin to actually feel some confidence. Even if we don't, though, our faithful acts can help us in our relationship with God.
- Aileen O'Donoghue


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