Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Power of Prayer




"Dear children! I call you to prayer. By means of prayer, little children, you obtain joy and peace. Through prayer you are richer in the mercy of God. Therefore, little children, let prayer be the life of each one of you. Especially I call you to pray so that all those who are far away from God may be converted. Then our hearts shall be richer because God will rule in the hearts of all men. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray! Let prayers begin to rule in the whole world. Thank you for having responded to my call." Our Lady of Medjugore August 25, 1989

Jesus speaks to us about the power of prayer in Matthews’s gospel:

When he was going back to the city in the morning, he was hungry.
Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went over to it, but found nothing on it except leaves. And he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again." And immediately the fig tree withered.

When the disciples saw this, they were amazed and said, "How was it that the fig tree withered immediately?"

Jesus said to them in reply, "Amen, I say to you, if you have faith and do not waver, not only will you do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' it will be done.
Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive."

Reflection:

Prayer is by far the most common subject of Our Lady’s messages in Medjugore, as well as a primary teaching of Christ in the gospels. It is the root of joy and peace, as Mary reminds us today, and its power in unbounded, as Jesus teaches his disciples in the gospel. 1


May we find joy and peace through prayer as we begin a new day, a true gift from our Lord above.


1 Medjugorje Day by Day, Richard J. Beyer


4 comments:

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Prayer is, indeed, a wonderful gift.

KAM said...

Very nice, thank you. And thanks for quoting "Day By Day", that's required reading for me every morning. As a matter of fact, I used a quote from Fr. Slavko Barbaric on my facebook page this morning. Prayer is certainly a gift but I find I must work at it, almost nurture it, in order to keep the dryness away. I feel, for myself, constant prayer helps to keep me focused. Peace!

simplycatholic said...

Peace and prayer and real, authentic Joy. Lovely reflection, thank you for sharing it.

Anne said...

Joy and peace through prayer. Hard to come by to be sure, but without prayer, impossible!