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It has now been a year since I have prayed or read the Holy Bible. It could be out of laziness, lack of desire or both. What can I do to overcome this difficulty?

May the HOPE of the Lord Jesus Christ abide in you.

The Lord Jesus Christ asks us to pray always. In the Holy Gospel of St Luke 18:1 we are told:
"Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart."

This verse shows how prayer and hope go together hand in hand. Hope is a virtue, and  every instance of praying is a practice of this virtue. Without hope we would not be able to ask, seek, and knock. Without hope we would not be able to pray.

"Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7).

Perhaps you thought that your prayers had gone unanswered and that is why  you have ceased to pray. Perhaps there is no obvious reason to you why you have stopped praying and reading the Holy Bible.

But most of alló perhaps as a reward for your perseverance you are lead by God to ask. Seeking insight into this challenging situation is in itself an answer to your quest.

God does not preserve us from the pain of "not knowing." Many questions remain unanswered and yet the answer to them resides in perseverance and seeking.

You need only to open your Agpeya and begin to pray. Rediscover that God is not only in the asking, He is in the finding once again. God bless you in your seeking Him out.
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