The worldwide Catholic Church fulfills the command from the Gospel to pray unceasingly. The Mass is offered, the Liturgy of the Hours is prayed and the Rosaries are said. Unlike the dishonest judge, God cannot be manipulated or forced to comply with our wishes. However, God wants us to pray and to petition him as a loving Father. Persistent faith and prayer is an antidote to human fickleness. We need to have the heart and mind of God— to want what he wants.
Constant prayer and a lived faith will transform us. We become God’s children in truth. Yes, God knows what we need even before we petition him; however, this posture of dependence is demanded by God for our own good. A person may give drink to the thirsty but the receiver must hold up his glass to receive the life-giving water. It might seem that God is moved but we are the ones being moved. God pours himself out; but we must be receptive to the divine presence and grace.
I remember my departed mother. She was never happier than when her family needed her. Even when we were selfish, she immediately responded with love and caring. All good mothers are the same. Our supplications may be endless, but so is God’s charity and patience. We belong to him. Everything is God’s gift to us. He delights in hearing the voices of his children.