Scripture Reading: Revelation 5:8

Do you ever feel that your prayers don’t make a difference? Or do you wonder whether God hears you when you pray? Do you wonder if praying is a waste of time? If you consider these thoughts, remember what the Bible says about prayer.

In his revelation, John saw a Lamb who took the book from the One who sat on the throne. Before the throne were twenty-four elders who “fell before the Lamb.” Each of them was holding “golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”

Here we see a picture of all of our prayers being collected before God’s throne. We see prayers of all kinds. Long prayers. Short prayers. Prayers from children and adults. We see prayers by new believers and experienced spiritual warriors. Your prayers are there, too!

Every time you pray, your prayers are part of that collection before God’s throne. None of your prayers is lost. All of them make a difference.

What have you been praying about? Do you know people who have needs? Do you have problems that seemingly can’t be solved? Do you need wisdom and direction? Do you have a burden to pray for your country? No matter how long you’ve prayed for these issues, don’t be discouraged, and don’t give up. Keep praying. Keep believing! Your prayers are there!

Are you going through one of those times when it seems every attempt to resolve a problem is met with a new difficulty? You thank the Lord at night that He has taken care of the problem, but awake to find that something else has gone wrong and the problem remains. Prayer is not a means of coercing God to do what we want. It is a process of recognizing His power and plan for our lives. In prayer, we yield our lives and circumstances to the Lord and trust Him to act in His time and in His way. God hears you whenever you pray. Seek Him boldly today. Join the angels and elders in Heaven. Worship Him. Our Lord’s encouragement to us is clear: Always pray and don’t give up!

MASS: WHITE: IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Genesis 3:9-15, 20; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4(R.1ab) Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 Accl. Hail, Mary, full of grace, the lord is with you; blessed are you among women. Gospel. Lk 1:26-38

Prayer Points:

               1.            Lord, in the difficulty I face today, guard my heart, guide my words, and show Your mercy. May I always turn to You in prayer.

               2.            Father, I commit these matters to You (Mention them). Thank You for hearing my prayers. I join the elders in Heaven: I worship You, in the Name of Jesus the Lord.

Exercise: Reflect on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Meditation: Psalm 55:22