By John Preiss
God is on our side as our ultimate Guide. Saint Paul reminds us with these encouraging words: “If God is with us then who can be against us.” The Psalmist reiterates this same concept: “Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.” And the most famous of all of the Psalms consoles us with these words: “The Lord is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.”
Today, we find that hope seems hopeless. Although the power of God brings us hope, it is easy for us to get down or depressed. This is part of the evil one‘s plan and his plot to destroy the very life within us which is, hope. Hope is what keeps us going during times of despair and hardship. In order for us to sustain hope in such a difficult environment we must stay close to God. He will not leave us or let us fall prey to hopelessness. A continuous prayer life, “praying without ceasing”, is the approach needed during difficult times. Prayer is our lifeline to God and He has provided this line in order for us to come to Him with our worries, fears and anxieties. These things rob us of our freedom and deteriorate the hope that we may have.
I want to encourage you to stay close to God in prayer. When the Israelites battled against the Amalekites, Moses decided to climb to the top of the mountain overlooking the battle. Moses then elevated his arms towards heaven in prayer and intercession. At this sign, the Israelites took the advantage in the battle. However, when Moses’ arms started to droop due to weariness, the Amalekites then gained the upper hand. Seeing this, both Aaron and Hur had a plan: they would seat Moses on a rock, then with one on the right and the other on the left they would elevate the arms of Moses. This plan accomplished their goal, the Israelites triumphed and won their victory.
What does this great moment from the Old Testament mean for us? In this great example, Moses shows that our hope and our strength is in a fervent and dynamic prayer life!
Also, as Catholics we have many weapons, the saints and of course, Mary our life, our sweetness and our hope! Hope is in the name of Jesus! Do not live your life in fear, rather a life of hope.