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Monday, November 20, 2017

Pray for Marriages (Thanks-living)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

One can spend so much time looking at what’s wrong in their life and in their marriage that sometimes they fail to see all that is right. It’s as if they like complaining about what is wrong. I am declaring this week as a week of praise.  For as you praise God, your heart will change and you will be disposed to living out your gratitude. Make a pledge to yourself that for the remainder of the week you will focus on the good and give thanks to God!

Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 4:15

Let us come before him with a song of praise, joyfully sing out our psalms! How good to sing praise to our God; how pleasant to give fitting praise. Psalm 95:2, 147:1

Are you still stuck in misery and despair?  

But here I am miserable and in pain; let your saving help protect me, God, that I may praise God’s name in song and glorify it with thanksgiving.  Psalm 69:30-31

We pray for you always, that you will believe and trust in God’s saving grace.

God indeed is my salvation; I am confident and unafraid. For the LORD is my strength and my might, and he has been my salvation.  Isaiah 12:2

May the Lord bless each of you as I thank Him for your gift of prayer! 

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Live a life of thanks, for all is a blessing that leads to an eternity with Him. Pass it on.  

Friday, November 17, 2017

Pray for Families (True Riches)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Think of what brings you absolute joy in your life. Chances are good that it’s not a thing, but a person or persons.  And for many, those persons are family members, be they spouse and/or children. 

For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. Luke 12:34

Perhaps this is why the Lord blesses us with children; because they make us financially poor and humble us immensely (as parenting is hard!) and as a result, help us to see what true riches are. Thus when we are open to life, we are open to the gift God wants to bestow upon us: the gift of understanding what real treasure is: Love!

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  Matthew 16:25

Isn’t that what parenthood is all about? Losing one’s life (at least as they once knew it!) Additionally, don’t we discover our identity through our children and other family members?

Through the love of our children, our spouse, and our family, we get a taste of heavenly love, so pure, true, and unconditional. What a gift!

Lord, help us to accept that in letting go of our will and losing the life of “me”, you will give us so much more.  “Us” and “we” will always trump “me”.  Help us accept the “gifts” you want to give us.  Bless our families, both now and forever. Amen.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Hunting for treasure?  See Him and you will be rich!  Pass it on! 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Pray for Marriages (A Faith-filled Flotation Device)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

When one is dissatisfied in their marriage, they tend to turn inward and all they can see is their pain, their misery, and their unhappiness. They dwell in disenchantment either wanting a quick exit or conversely seeing no way out nor a return path to happiness. Their thoughts become all about “me”.  

Is there any pain like my pain? Lamentations 1:12

What would change if that person instead focused on another’s pain? Maybe it’s their spouses, but perhaps it’s their children’s pain of seeing the disconnection of their parents? What if all loving actions (kindness, caring, compassion, service, etc.) were instead done out of love for God? If the Lord is the beloved, and you would do anything to please Him, wouldn’t kindnesses toward your spouse become easier? Can you envision the positive chain reaction?

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.   Colossians 3:12

Lord, with integrity of heart, I seek you!

I will live for the LORD; my descendants will serve you. Psalm 22:31

Love is an act of the will, and our wills certainly are temperamental! One must have faith that the Lord desires our good.

And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” Luke 17:5

Yes Lord, increase our mustard seed-sized faith and make it grow! May you hear a collective “increase our faith!” all week long as we pray in solidarity for the health and survival of marriages.  May no one ever feel alone, but rather feel buoyed by our prayer!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Prayer is like a life preserver; it helps someone stay afloat in a sinking marriage.  We need more life preservers.  Please pray and pass it on! 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Pray for Families (Truth or Lie?)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

It’s great to feel good about yourself, isn’t it?  While self-confidence and positive affirmations are important, self-love is not. Have you ever had a conversation with yourself and mused in self-gratification, “I’m a good person.  I am kinder than most, go to church more than most and even donate to charities.”  Your thoughts continue,  “My sins aren’t that bad”.  “Sure, I sin sometimes, but I don’t think God thinks they are that big a deal.”  “My sins are nothing compared to my friends!”  “God doesn’t mind if I miss Mass/Church occasionally.  He’ll understand that the big game was on…or that I needed my sleep…or that I had company...”

Sound familiar? Unknowingly, we allow ourselves to be deluded by the Father of Lies.  A podcast I heard recently slapped to attention. It went something like this: Adam and Eve sinned ONCE and as a result ALL subsequent generations lost paradise.  Just once!! As a result, shame, toil, pain, lust, sadness, anger, pride, envy, greed and so on, entered into the world.  Death was to be our end. Yet God the Father sent his only begotten Son into the world to pay the debt for our sin.  If we look at the crucifix we can see what our sin did.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. John 3:16

One sin blocked us from paradise so don’t allow Satan to tell you that your sin doesn’t matter. Turn away from sin. Face the Truth.

Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.  John 17:17

I am the way and the truth and the life. John 14:6

You are loved eternally.  That is the Truth.  Spend more time with the One who delights in you the most! Pray that your loved ones do the same!

I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.” John 17:26

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Truth.  Pass it on! 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Pray for Marriages (Faithfulness in the Worst of Times)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

When a couple decides to marry, they are usually caught up in all the planning of the wedding and making sure everything is just perfect for the big day! They may write their own vows, promising all kinds of commitments or choose to stick with traditional vows. However, I imagine hat neither the wedding planner (if one is lucky enough to have one) nor one’s friends and family will tell the couple to carve out time to contemplate the “for worse” part of their wedding vows. Can’t you imagine someone saying, “You know Mary and John, you really should take some time to talk about everything that could go wrong in your marriage!  Boy do I have stories of heartbreak for you!  You should think about how HARD your marriage could be!” After a conversation like this, either the couple kicks their well-intentioned friend to the curb or the couple bolts with worry!

While a healthy sensibility is important, so is trust in the Lord.  The Lord promises to be with us always.  If you invited him to the wedding, his Spirit of Love will be ever present, even when yours isn’t.  If you lean in to his Love the fruit will be faithfulness.  No matter how parched your marriage may feel, no matter how many tears for your marriage you have shed, he can bestow both life-giving and cleansing waters of grace upon it.  If you choose to remain faithful, his blessings will be more abundant than you can imagine.
No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

“For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17

Lord, we call upon you to bless marriages, especially those most vulnerable. We pray for their faithfulness, perseverance, and yes, patience and kindness too. May we turn to you, the source of all that is good, and beg your assistance on their behalf, because a failing marriage has far-reaching effects. Protect any offspring from the emotional pain that can spring from a crumbling family structure. In your love for us, shelter all in your most Sacred Heart. Amen.

I will pour out water upon the thirsty ground, streams upon the dry land; I will pour out my spirit upon your offspring, my blessing upon your descendants. Isaiah 44:3-4

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Prayer is like a balm for a broken heart.  Why not use it to bring healing?  Pass it on! 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Pray for Families (The Immortal Soul)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.  James 5:16

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, our hearts often call to mind those loved ones who are no longer in this world. While we pray for families, we don’t think often enough of those who have passed.  Many religions don’t pray for the dead.  While the body is dead, the soul is not. Since God exists outside of time, our prayers can and do have efficacy.  In honor of family members who are no longer with us, please remember them in prayer.  Pray also for those of different faiths, because some may have no one to pray for their soul.

And concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”  Matthew 22:31:32 (emphasis added)

Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful love; in your abundant compassion blot out my transgressions. Thoroughly wash away my guilt; and from my sin cleanse me. For I know my transgressions; my sin is always before me.  Psalm 51:3-5

Let us give praise to our God!

For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Share the reason for your hope!  Pass it on!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Pray for Marriages (Eternal Love)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

When two get married, the wedding ring is a symbol of their love; the circular ring represents love without end.   And who is the best example of love eternal? 

Love is the foundation of everything willed by God, for God is Love. It is no surprise then that the greatest commandments direct us to a perfect love.

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  Matthew 22:37, 39

By loving the Lord, we will more intimately know Love, and in loving others, especially our spouse, they will get to know Him too as they encounter Love through us. In the instance where our self-love is weak, if we focus on loving the Lord, we will come to know His intense love for us and see ourselves through his eyes. We are beloved sons and daughters of the King!  Thus is the circle of love; by loving God we are better able to love our spouse. By turning our self-love outwards, they are better able to see the love of God.

So let us pray that we as couples focus more on loving God so that we may better love each other. 

Lord, what sounds so simple is often very hard to execute.  For the noise of our lives distracts us from loving you.  Give us the courage to soundproof segments of our lives and reserve that space just for loving you. In your graciousness, you do not even keep that love for yourself, but return it back to us 10-fold. Please grant us the grace of loving much, for we know the vocation of marriage is very precious in your sight.  Jesus we trust in You!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Love.  Pass it on!