(Day 1 of the 5- Day Fasting & Prayers)
Scripture Reading:Mark 14:72 Today, Daily Strength Devotional calls all her users to a 5-day end of the year fasting and prayers. In truth, of all the things Jesus suffered perhaps what hurt Him most was the failure of His friends. Immediately the cock crew I could hear Peter’s heartfelt cry over his failure to stand by Jesus, I could feel his contrition for disappointing the Lord, I could hear Peter saying to you and I ‘I hurt Him and I let Him down like that, and still He loved and forgave me-and He can do the same for you.’ Brethren, fasting makes prayer effective but can be rendered ineffective by sin and unrepentance. It is important to repent and turn to God if you desire positive result from these 5- day end of the year fasting and prayers.Repentance is the only condition necessary for forgiveness. There is no forgiveness without repentance.
You have to stop keeping that immoral relationship, you have to stop stealing, you have to stop gossiping and blackmailing and you have to stop fornication, adultery, masturbating, homosexualism, lesbianism and all forms of sinful expression of sex. Quit all forms of ungodly relationships and be decent in your dressing. Stop watching and promoting pornography, etc. Stop bearing grudges, oppressions, revenge and consulting demonic agents of any form. Repent from bearing false witness, ungodly anger, drunkenness, addition to drugs and smoking, stop lying and use of insulting words. Avoid being disrespectful, selfish and greedy. Be humble and avoid pride. As you commence the fasting today acknowledge any of these that have become part of your life. Sincerely and painstakingly admit them before the Throne of God and decide with the available grace right now never to do them again.Make sure you forgive and let go of all bitterness. This is necessary at this time for your fasting to get dramatic positive results. Listen to me, no matter how much you fast and pray, if you are bitter and you would not forgive those that have hurt you, your prayers may be hindered (Psa. 66:18)
MASS: GREEN Dan 1:1-6.8-20; PsDan 3:29-18.104.22.168.34(R.29b);AcclMatt 24:42a-44;Lk 21: 1-4
1. Lord Jesus, I invite you into my heart anew today, and I ask forgiveness for all of my sins. Jesus, thank you for dying for my sins and for forgiving me of them through your shed Blood on the Cross. Please take away all the sinful “old things” in my heart that defile me, and replace them with the “good things” that you desire to grow in my life. Please wash away all my tendencies towards evil and replace them with a hunger and thirst for your righteousness. I need your help, Lord God, in living this new life in Christ. Please send your Holy Spirit afresh into my life to help me, heal me, lead me and transform me. In the name of Jesus. Amen
Exercise: Pray the Rosary of Divine Mercy
Meditation: Isaiah 58:6-8