Scripture Reading:  Daniel 6:1-28

Evil men and conspirators planned that Daniel would die; so they set a bait using what he likes to do always as their trap.  Daily we face challenges of this nature; which in some cases may lead to the termination of life.  The heart of man is very wicked and that is why believers must pray earnestly for the gift of discernment.  In all these, for those who trust the Lord, they shall be delivered.  Hear the promise of God to you today, “Behold, if anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from me.  Whoever gathers together against you will fall for your sake.” (Isaiah 54:15)

A story was told of a young man who on boarding a vehicle with other passengers woke up from deep slumber inside a remote forest in an unknown location.  All the passengers of the vehicle were charmed and  slept off.  Of course they woke up in the den of ritual killers.  They were all kept inside a circle and picked for killing one after the other.  When it got to the turn of the believer, he refused to recite what others have been saying; rather he began to pray aloud.  This prayer discomfited those who wanted him to recite the evil statement.  At this point they invited their lord, who carried out all the killings.  With hands and body smeared with blood he said to the believer, “My son, there is nothing like miracle in this

place, you are here to die and nothing can deliver you.” He showed  him his blood stained hands, but the believer continued praying. One other person in the circle joined in prayer and not long after the Holy Spirit came into action.  As they continue praying, refusing to recite the evil statement, he was blindfolded with the second person and both of them thrown into a vehicle which drove through a long bush path for hours, and dropped them at an unidentified place, which they later found out was called Epe at about 11:00 pm.  They were immediately picked up by someone who told them that the other twelve persons had been killed for human sacrifice.  Of course they thanked and worshipped the Lord.  It was not until they got home that they discovered that the stranger that picked them was an Angel.  Nobody at the gate or in the house was able to identify the type or colour of the vehicle that brought them in.  He disappeared after dropping them.

Today, the Holy Spirit advises us from this story to always watch and pray.  Maintain a righteous and deep prayerful life; so that heaven can come to your rescue on the event of any attack from the powers of darkness.  Just like the men in our story, Daniel was thrown into the den of lions, but God intervened and sent His angel to seal up the mouths of the lions.  Beloved in Christ, God will seal the mouths  of our opposing enemies.  He will incapacitate them.  He will put them into confusion for we have done no harm to them.  All we need to do is to be faithful and fervent in prayers.  Continue tomorrow!

MASS:  VIOLET:

Is 7: 10-14; Ps 24: 1-2. 3-4. 5-6 (R.7c. 10b); Rom 1: 1-7; Mt 1: 18-24 FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

Prayer Points:

  1. Take a worship song to praise the God of great power.
  2. I quench the fiery darts of jealousy, envy, anger, bitterness and rage against my life in the name of Jesus. (Take seriously)
  3. According to Your word in Proverbs 16:27, “I spoil all ungodly words spoken against my life and family” in the name of Jesus.
  4. Standing on Your word in Proverbs 26:20, I quench all forms of gossips directed against my life in the name of Jesus.
  5. Pray earnestly for all kidnappers and ritual killers

that God may intervene in their lives.

Exercise:  Pray for all Christians who today are falling away from their faith.

Memory Verse:  Isaiah 9:18

 

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