Praying For Perseverance

Father Girardey explains why it is necessary to pray for the grace of final perseverance.

He writes: “The greatest saint on earth stands in absolute, need of prayer for his perseverance, because frequent, constant prayer is the indispensable means the just have to persevere in God’s grace and friendship. The crowning grace of perseverance cannot be deserved by any amount of good works.” The grace of final perseverance “is so great, so precious, that no amount of good works and merits can deserve it, and God is not obliged to give it to any one. Nevertheless, we can obtain it through constant and persistent prayer. We must pray for it daily, as we daily pray for our daily bread. . . . God has solemnly promised to give us all we pray for; and this includes the grace of perseverance for the day on which we pray for it. Hence we should say to God each day: ‘Our Father, who art in heaven, give me this day my daily perseverance,’ just as we pray ‘this day for our daily bread.'”

Father Girardey observes: “It is so easy to pray, that every man can pray whenever he wishes. No learning is required to pray, to speak to God, to ask for His help. And since God is our Father, and our divine Saviour has taught us to address Him as our Father, we have no reason to dread or fear Him, for since He is the most kind and loving of fathers and we are His beloved children, He is most willing and ever ready to help us and to supply our wants.”

“Hence in all our wants we should go to Him with the same confidence which little children have in their good, kind father, and, in the simplest and plainest language ask Him for what we need. And since God is everywhere, He is always present to us and ready to hear us, day and night, at all times and in all places, and therefore we need not fear disturbing or importuning Him. In fact, the more and the oftener we go to Him like little children, the better He will be pleased with us, and the more readily and bountifully He will supply our wants.”

Quotations from Ferreol Girardey, Prayer: Its Necessity, Its Power, Its Conditions (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1916).

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