Monday, January 30, 2023

Pray for Marriages (Living Worthy of Your Call)

 Greetings Prayer Warriors,


Each of us is called. Some to marriage, some to monastic life, others to a life of consecrated virginity, and the list continues. Regardless of where we are, we must embrace the vocation we were called to as each has its divine purpose. While the path to holiness is not easy, we must give praise to the Lord for he gives us all the grace we need.


 I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over. Ephesians 4:1-6


My prayer is that each one of you will live out your vocation fully, all for the glory of God and that God will bless each of your marriages abundantly. Please join me in praying for each prayer warrior, and for those for whom they pray for. 


Persevere in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2


Peace, Joy, and Love,

Janet


Prayer has endless benefits. Pass it on!



Saturday, January 28, 2023

Pray for Families (Seeking the Lasting Possession)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,


As we pray for different family members and the families of one another, we always hope for a rapid answer to our prayers as it is difficult to watch those we love struggle and suffer even to the smallest degree.  But perhaps we shouldn’t fear the cross as much as we do, as it is the path to Jesus. He uses crosses to shape and mold us, to humble us, strengthen us, and embolden us. Sometimes, He even allows us to offer our own suffering for the sanctification of another. Crosses are a gift.


We don’t know what the physical future holds for our family, our state, our country, and our world, but I have the sense that the sands are shifting.  We are constantly being introduced to a "new normal". Yet we can be confident in what our eternal future looks like, if we persevere in prayer and make/keep it as our forever daily normal.


Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a great contest of suffering. At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and affliction; at other times you associated yourselves with those so treated. You even joined in the sufferings of those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, knowing that you had a better and lasting possession. Hebrews 10:32-34


Lord, may we accept all hardship with joy, keeping our eyes on eternity and never losing hope in your promises. May we praise you in good times and bad.


Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense. You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised. “For, after just a brief moment, he who is to come shall come; he shall not delay. But my just one shall live by faith, and if he draws back I take no pleasure in him.” We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will possess life. Hebrews 10:35-39


Lord, our greatest desire is to be in eternity with You, and with all of our family members. Hear our ongoing petitions, look kindly upon our steadfastness, have mercy on our missteps, and grant us and all who we hold dear, the perseverance and endurance to complete the journey and the faith to never lose sight of our destination. Send your angels to guard and guide us, until we are safely home with You. Amen.


And He will be the stability of your times, A wealth of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; The fear of the LORD is his treasure. Isaiah 33:6


Peace, Joy, and Love,

Janet


Ongoing prayer is the guardrail on the path to eternity. Pass it on! 


Monday, January 23, 2023

Pray for Marriages (Journey of a Lifetime)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 


When you  enter marriage, you have a trunk filled with hope, boxes of dreams, a heart full of love, and lots and lots of baggage. The honeymoon is great, but when you get to your home and settle in, you start to unpack the baggage.  Much more baggage than you thought possible. There’s a large one marked “emotional”, another marked “physical”, there’s a case for “mental", and a round one for spiritual.  You had no idea you owned this much baggage until it all started showing up!  As if that wasn’t overwhelming enough, you then discover that your spouse has baggage arriving too! 


As much as you try to keep it locked up and put away, sometimes it just pops open and the contents spill, or perhaps even explode out.  Sometimes, tremors or even quakes result in the relationship, followed by aftershocks.  Not to worry or panic, as it is a time for trust.  Trust in the Lord.  When your heart feels depleted, He will stand in the gap, love you through any challenge, and fill you with His love.  


Though the mountains fall away and the hills be shaken, My love shall never fall away from you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the LORD, who has mercy on you.  Isaiah 54:10


With a heart replenished, he will help you locate that trunk of hope and the box of dreams and set you on a new journey.  All it takes is surrender and trust in His Divine Love and Mercy.


They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.  Isaiah 40:31


Lord, we ask your intercession for marriages.  When we are burdened by the excessive weight of our baggage, help us to trust, loosen our grip, and allow you to carry it away for us.  Grant our spouses patience, kindness, and understanding, and the ability to assess their own baggage first.   Jesus, we trust in You!


Peace, Joy, and Love,

Janet


Let the Lord be your porter! It makes for a better journey!  Pass it on! 


Friday, January 20, 2023

Pray for Families (A Personal Journey)

 Greetings Prayer Warriors,


It’s enlightening to look back on your faith journey.  When I ponder mine, the realization hits me that I thought I was much holier (or at least a “good person”) when I was active in, yet totally ignorant of my faith.  God was just the Almighty One in heaven whom I prayed to.  I never gave much thought to Jesus as the second person of the Trinity, nor of the Holy Spirit other than when hearing about them in the Gospel.  I didn’t fathom that there could be more.  Yet, the Lord had a plan for me, knowing just when He would draw me closer.  Now that I have a more intimate relationship with Jesus I don’t feel holier.  No, I just have more clarity to see my sin and His mercy.  It’s a beautiful thing. 


Once you know Love, you want it for everyone. Thus, we begin to worry about family members who are very far from Him. Yet, the Lord loves them even more than we do! He wants to be in a relationship with them and never stops pursuing them! As we offer prayer and sacrifice for the conversion of their hearts, we may not understand exactly how our prayers work, but we can be assured of their efficaciousness. We must trust that the Lord hears every prayer and in His faithfulness, He will provide our loved ones the grace they need to turn to Him. He doesn’t call us to convert them as that is His role, rather, he asks us to love them, so that through us they may come to know the love of Christ, and become renewed in Him.


So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us.  

2 Corinthians 5:17-20


God is so good! He is Love. He is Mercy. He is Peace. Praise be to Him who is so patient with His children!


We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20


Peace, Joy, and Love,

Janet


Love one another and radiate Christ. Pass it on!


Monday, January 16, 2023

Pray for Marriages (Enduring Hope)

 Greetings Prayer Warriors, 


We all begin journeys with a happy, hopeful, and adventurous heart, yet at a certain point they take on a life of their own and rarely go as planned.  Marriage is no different. Some of you reading this could never have anticipated the path of their marital journey. Perhaps the road kept forking, detours disoriented you, the weather was unrelenting, your ”traveling companions” kept increasing, making you go off-road for a while, and adding to the twists and turns of the trip. Sometimes you secretly wish to jump out of the car, but deep inside you hope that sunshine and roses are just around the bend.

If you can relate to any of this, or struggle with hope, keep pursuing this virtue!

Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance. In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because it intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will.  Romans 8:24-27


Let us all pray for marriages, especially those most off course.  


Lord, we ask for an increase in the Cardinal Virtues, especially that of hope. When one feels beaten down, weary, or depressed, hope is hard to cling to. We ask for an outpouring of grace and the light of the Son, that hope might grow like a weed in the barren hearts of husbands and wives. May the prayers of all these warriors delight you Lord, prompting you to saturate all the parched souls with renewed hope.  Jesus, we trust in you!


Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope. Psalm 119:116


Peace, Joy, and Love,

Janet 


Everything is elevated with prayer. Amp of the volume by passing it on! 


Friday, January 13, 2023

Pray for Family (Gratitude for Blessings)

 Greetings Prayer Warriors, 


The more time we spend with  friends and family, the more we learn, and the more we realize that there is much to pray about. Praying for the intentions of our family and our friends is always a good thing. However, praying to God by listing all of his to-do’s (our intentions) needs to be interspersed with some praise and thanksgiving.


How has God blessed you?  What prayers has he answered?  How has he directed your life or the life of your family members  in a positive way?  Stop, contemplate, and shower the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.  There is no better way to start the New Year.


Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7


I will begin by praising and thanking God for each one of you!


Peace, Joy, and Love, 

Janet


Praise Him. Thank Him. Pass it on! 


Monday, January 9, 2023

Pray for Marriages (Imitating and Uniting)

 Greetings Prayer Warriors, 


When one ponders Christ’s earthly life, they are given a roadmap of how to live. It’s a bit intimidating to say the least. Christ emptied himself, humbled himself, was loving, gentle, and kind, righteous, and obedient to the will of the Father. 


“Not my will but yours be done.” Luke 22:42

When we get married, we make all sorts of vows to our spouse AND to God as we stand before Him. Yet, how hard those vows are to live as the years pass. Perhaps that’s why God designed marriage to be permanent, because it would be very easy on a bad day to find justification to leave! Yet all are called to imitate Christ; To be patient, sincere, and loving even when we feel persecuted, misunderstood, taken for granted, mistreated, etc. We are not called to be a doormat, but to perform works of mercy such as teach the ignorant, correct sinners, bear wrongs patiently, and forgive wrongs willingly, all with the gentleness of Jesus.  


Forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.  Luke 11:4


Turning the other cheek is hard. 


Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.  John 15:5


Grace becomes more plentiful when we pray and helps us grow in the needed virtues. Let’s unite in prayer, begging for grace and blessings to be multiplied exponentially, so that more marriages will flourish. Pray10!!!


When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. 

Matthew 6:6


Peace, Joy, and Love,

Janet


Praying is easier when you know you're not alone, for warriors always spiritually unite! Pass it on!