THEME: DELIVER US FROM EVIL
(DAY 1 OF THE END OF YEAR FASTING)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:13
Today DSD invites all users to a 5-day end of the year fasting and prayer, with the theme: “DELIVER US FROM US.” Brethren as we approach the throne of grace in fasting, let us reflect on Psalm 24:3 “Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? Who shall stand in his holy place? The man with clean hands and pure heart, who desires not worthless thing”
Beloved, in truth there is only one evil, and that is sin. I do not mean to be dismissive of other sufferings like loneliness, rejection, grief, cancer, physical disability and mental illness. These can be horrific ordeals. But they cannot defeat us if we remain strong with God’s strength. Even if disease or murderers should take our lives, we will not die indeed, we will never die as long as we keep the faith. The only real danger, the only reality that deserves the name death, is evil. The only thing we need to be delivered from is not trial, temptation, suffering, or the grave. The only real enemy is sin.
All sin traces its ancestry to the sin of Satan, the fallen prince of angels. He tempted our first parents and so cooperated in bringing the curse of death upon the world. Till now, he has never ceased his attacks against God’s children. “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). He tempts us at every turn so that we might follow him in rebellion.
For when we resist his temptations, we grow stronger in virtue, and we gain divine life through grace. Even if we succumb to his empty promises, but then return to God in sorrow, we grow stronger still. As long as we remain united to Christ, we need fear nothing from our trials, for they can only work to our benefit. So today let us like the prodigal son, arise and return to our father, who is ever ready to clean and wash us in His Blood, remove our filthy clothes, and wear us a new immaculate garment of His righteousness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation and prayer. If we refuse to give up sin, the enemy will have the upper hand, for where sin reigns Satan rules
MASS: RED ST. ANDREW, AP. (FEAST) Rom 10:9-18; Ps 19:2-3.4-5(R.5a); Accl. Mt 4:19; Gospel Mt 4:18-22
1. Pray with Psalm 51.
2. “Deliverance & Renunciation of Sexual sin” in AMEN IT IS DONE Pg. 67 or 68.
3. Take the Miracle Prayer in Section A in DSD
4. Pray for the success of the End of the Year prayer programme to round off.
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Exercise: Catholics should endeavour to reconcile with God through the sacrament of Confession. Join the DSD Prayer Network every Tuesday early Morning Prayer Session From 1:00 am -2:00 am., DSDPN PRAYER POINTS: Take praise and worship songs for 30 minutes, 5 decades of the Rosary and pray with Psalms 54, 5. Also visit www.dailystrengthdevotional.org for more prayers for the day.
Meditation: 1 Peter 2:1