(DAY 1 OF THE 3-DAY FASTING / PRAYERS)
Scripture Reading: Psalm 2:1-12
Our scriptural reference says, “Why do the nations rage and people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and His anointed saying, ‘Let us break their bands asunder and cast away their Lord form us’.” In Psalm 57:4, the Scripture says, “I am surrounded by enemies who are like man-eating lions. Their teeth are like spears and arrows; their tongues are like sharp swords.” Beloved in Christ, our enemies are always plotting evil, stirring up quarrels. Their tongues are like poisonous snakes and their words like cobra poison. They specialize in laying traps and snares on our paths. Their plans are to ensure that we do not manifest God’s glory in our lives. This is a common experience in the life of many believers. As we journey along the path of life, many trials and temptations come our ways and perhaps constitute part of our share of the passion of Jesus. Here this from one of the Users of Daily Strength: “In my family the following are happening to us: witchcraft attack, business failure, seeing excreta in my dreams, severe poverty. My children always experience academic failure. Even debtors have refused to pay since the 90s till date; to the extent that some of them are now dead. Our business rises and falls constantly.” This is a painful narrative of what a single family is coping with. Satan is a very wicked creature and that is why the Psalmist asked, “Why do the nations rage.” Why is Satan and his fallen angels plotting evil and laying explosives along the walk-way of the child of God? Our lives are threatened and Satan fabricates deadly falsehood against us. What has the child of God done? Jeremiah said, “O Lord, I have done no harm to those ones. Why then are they after my life?” The Psalmist also says, “I have done no harm to these ones yet they plot against me.” At times, believers wonder if their God still cares and answers their prayers. They ask, “Why is the Lord silent and watch us suffer in the hands of our foes. He watches us being taunted even by persons who think that they have no need for God. In fact their enemies openly ask, “Where is their God”; and many conclude that their God has abandoned them or may be that their sins have separated them from Him.
In all these, the Holy Spirit says to us on this first day of fasting and prayer that we have a God who neither sleeps nor slumbers. (Psa121:4). He says that He will never forsake or abandon us. Listen to what Job said concerning our God: “He thwarts the plans of the crafty (wicked) so that their hands achieve no success.” (Job 5:12) In John 16:33, the Scripture says, “We should be of good cheer because He has overcome the world.” Let us be assured today that we are serving a God who is all powerful, great and awesome; so we should not be afraid. Hear Blessed Alberione, “Fortitude is a moral and supernatural virtue which makes a person generous and fearless in the pursuits of holiness, in spite of difficulties, fear, force and even death.” (To be continued tomorrow!!)
- Take a song of praise for our God who knows everything.
- Pray with Psalms 35, 56 and 86.
- Pray against the spirit of fear.
- Pray against the spirit of weakness in faith and despair.
- Take the following before you go to bed today:
- Prayer Against the Forces of Darkness
- Prayer on the “Blood of Jesus as a Weapon for Demonic Destruction”.
Exercise: Take the Rosary of Liberation twice today.
Memory Verse: John 16:33.