Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 19:14-19
As we eat from the table of God’s word today, May our prayer life be revived and blossom in the name of Jesus. When asked about prayer, Pope John Paul II once said, “Pray any way you like, so long as you do pray.” Fr. Baton Rouge, Louisiana has this to say: “For the past 15 years I’ve been attempting to figure out how to pray. I’ve searched for every “Praying for Dummies” book published, but I’ve come to learn they aren’t much help. Everyone has suggestions on how to pray, from the great spiritual writers to my grandmother. Ultimately it’s up to each of us to determine what prayer style works best. While attending college and searching for direction in my life, I spent a great deal of time in the adoration chapel at a nearby parish, journaling and begging God to show me the way. Then there was a praise and worship period where I’d listen to music that offered a message of hope or encouragement. Music truly lifted my prayer to a new level and still does today. In the seminary I’d huddle in the chapel with fellow seminarians, praying the liturgy of the hours. Community prayer was never very fruitful for this extrovert; I need the quiet of my room to truly focus. However, the beauty of our church is its richness in diversity of spirituality / prayer forms and approaches.” Indeed a lot of books have been written on prayer, and we can never exhaust names of prayer manuals and books, but the best they can do is to teach the importance of prayer, to recommend prayers to you and exhort you to practice the art of praying. Praying itself will only be done by you. Thomas A Kempis says that, “The man of God ought to be more at home in his prayer chamber than before the public.” Stay with God in the secret place and the fountain of wisdom will never dry up. Tozer advises us in these words, “Cultivate the acquaintance of God more than the friendship of men and we will always have abundance of bread to give to the hungry.”
Brethren, say with me, “Lord, I don’t want to learn more about the importance of prayer. I truly desire that Your spirit might revive me, that I might become more and more genuinely a man/woman of prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen.” No believer can live a faithful and victorious life without having a fruitful prayer life. Today the number of backsliding believers is on the increase, the number of believers who are compromising their faith is alarming, many in the house of God are playing politics and are pursuing their economic interest, and the light of faith in the midst of our dark world is not shining brightly as it should be.
Prayer meetings and fellowships are getting cold and dry, the zeal for evangelization is dying off, many intercessors no longer keep watch, hence, they don’t get authentic messages again, a lot of Christian leaders are not different from the Pharisees of old, the voice of prayers are not being heard at midnight again, a lot of believers have forgotten the habit of groaning in prayer, many have abandoned their prayer partners/ friends for lack of time, miracles are no longer the food of the children of God, a lot of us are no longer faithful to our 3 O’ clock divine mercy prayer, fasting has become old fashioned for some, to tarry in prayer has become a waste of time for some, many have deserted their prayer chambers, we have let go our covenant time with the Lord. There are some of us that now feel comfortable in the sins we once resisted.
Dear friends, whenever discouragement threatens; whenever hope seems dying; whenever sadness invades; whenever happiness seems alien; whenever friends go away; whenever failure presses hard; whenever we are weak; whenever the night seems too dark and the light of the day seems delayed; whenever we are misunderstood; whenever everybody around us seems more serious than we are; whenever our sincere apology makes no sense; whenever we feel guilty, whenever we are lonely, tired and down, let us find time to pray in the wording of this lyrics titled TO DO YOUR WILL IS MY DESIRE… . We shall continue tomorrow.
Gal 1:6-12; Ps 111:1b-2.7-8.9.10c. (R. 5b); Accl Jn 13:34; Lk 10:25-37 OR Is. 66:10-14c; Ps 131:1.2.3; Accl Mt 11:25; Mt 18:1-5
- THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS V.D (MEMORIAL)
- To do Your will, is my desire, to live in You, Lord is my life; to spread your love through all the earth and to find in You the joy of life. All of my days, I sing Your praise, through all my nights, You are my life. You will shine forth, through all my years, and joyously will bring me home. I search this world so restlessly, seeking a home from hate and strife. I found in You, the strength to see, the meaning of this troubled life. And so my God, I give to You, these raining words, these restless rhymes. And take my life as a tribute of, Your endless love for humankind.
Exercise: Spend time with the Holy Spirit in prayer, asking Him to revive you.
Memory Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:17