With Paul's utter frustration at the backsliding in faith and understanding of his dear "stupid Galatians" ringing in our ears, Jesus challenges us with his response to the question of intercessory prayer.
In time, we all face the question of whether we really believe our prayer changes things. We don't doubt God; we are just not sure how God works with us in our world. Like the Galatians, we want to be sure we get this right. It's important that we know how to "work
" this God of ours. But that's not how God "works."
Jesus is stressing that friendship is the God-given relationship we have with his Father that enables our trust in prayer. This relationship is not so much from our side; it is God who wants to give good things to us in our need.
- Sr. Mary Kay Oosdyke, Give Us This Day, October 2014 Issue