Repetitive Prayers

I find some prayer groups actually do very little praying. Mostly gossiping instead. I do admire people who can confidently pray from their hearts in public. There are many of us however are very shy at praying in public. We think everybody is judging us. Then there others who pray very long prayers for show. Their prayers to me are usually very boring, because they are not giving God any glory.

I know many Protestants are against saying the Rosary. I feel because they are misled into thinking it is all about Mary. She is not being worshiped as many supposed, but rather God is. Some people call the Rosary ‘the Bible on strings,’ because that is what is being meditated on.

Saying the Rosary in a group I love, because it doesn’t matter how shy you are, everybody says the Rosary together. I love it also because we pray non-stop for approximately twenty minutes, that is if we only saying one mystery. There are four mysteries in told. Another reason I love it, it is intense praying. It is not wishy washy. You put your heart into it and offer up your meditation to God for a specific purpose. Maybe it is for your country’s conversion, or maybe it is to stop abortions etc. saying the Rosary is a powerful weapon against Satan’s attacks. I know that personally. My mother and I were put into a position where somebody was oppressed by a powerful demon and all we could think of doing was to say the Rosary over her. The young person calmed down half way through the Rosary, then was able to deliver herself from the demon. It was a scary moment, but by saying the Rosary Mary came to our rescue. Demons are afraid of her.

Matthew 6:7-8. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

In this verse many people think the Rosary is full of babbling prayers, because of its repetition. They forget Psalms 135 repeats itself over and over again. ‘For his love endures forever.’ The NKJV Bible says ‘For his mercy endures forever.’ When you honouring God over and over again it can hardly be called babbling. I think those people who say those boring long prayers, for their own benefit not for Gods’ are babbling.

My main goal in this article is to get people to intensively pray. Sometimes we have plenty to pray about, and then there be times we have nothing to say, or we are all dried up. That’s when saying the same prayer over and over again is very helpful. It puts you in a calm relaxed state so that you feel closer to God. If you too nervous to give the Rosary ago, there are many other prayers you can say using the Rosary beads. Lately I have been saying ‘Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven,’ over and over again for the martyrs to be strong and to persevere to the end. You can offer it up for anything. If you pray with fire your faith is very active and you know your prayers has been heard. This kind of praying is energetic.

There are many different ways of praying and they are all excellent. Whatever way that brings you closer to God and builds your faith up is perfect. I don’t always repeat my prayers over and over again. Many times I just talk to God with my own words as well. That is necessary to build a relationship up with God. But in groups I prefer to say the Rosary. There are people on YouTube saying the Rosary. I particular like the Scripture Rosary. Some people meditate using Scripture verses, other people prefer to use their own meditation on Jesus’s life. Whatever brings you closer to God, makes God happy.

Praying to God is the first Priority

Proverbs 16:3. Unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

This verse means a lot to me. God, in His goodness and mercy lets us go our own way. So that we find we do indeed need to rely on God for everything. Many times we mess up our own lives, because we fail to pray that God will give us direction and bless our activities. I have for so long tried different things only to fail, because I haven’t consulted God first. I finally given in and are now asking God for direction and perseverance to stay on track. So that I will accomplish Gods’ Will for me. It is never easy handing your will over to God. We want to be in control. To hand over our reigns means we have to trust God completely. God wants to stretch our faith and trust in Him. We need to believe in miracles many times throughout our lives.

Prayer life is so important. This truth can never be exaggerated. We often dive right in and not take the precaution to pray to our Father, who loves us so much that He wants to bless our lives with good things. But we have this tendency at times to think we know best. And we think sometimes we know better than God, what will make us happy. You see this in families. Parents trying to guide their children in the right direction, only to find their children can be quiet rebellious at times.

I believe in so strongly only when we do this from love, our prayer life is the most important part of serving God. I believe in doing good works comes second in importance. If we try to serve God without praying about it first, might prove to be unsuccessful. Because we are relying on our own strength and our own so called wisdom. But when we turn to God, we give God great pleasure in doing so.

I can remember when my mother and I were in the middle of moving house and we were terribly worried, how to get our animals up to our new home. So I turned to God for help and He showed up, as they say. And He was so honored that I asked Him for help, that it shocked me. I said to myself who can I turn to, but you God. God showed me by that experience He is so, so honored when we ask Him for help. Even if it is the most natural thing to do. Nothing can be wiser than to turn to God for help. There are great many things about Gods’ character that will both surprise, delight and amaze us if we only knew about them.

God wants us to pray

God answers our prayers most powerfully depending on our faith, but also whatever agrees with His nature, His will. If we pray the Lords’ prayer, it has to be answered, because Jesus has taught it to us. So if we have a closer look at the Lords’ prayer, it begins to acknowledge our relationship with our Heavenly Father, unlike any father on earth. Our Father is so powerful, and we need to acknowledge to ourselves that God is able to answer our prayers. And is also willing to answer our prayers, if it gives Him glory. So we have to look closely at our motives behind our prayers. Are we praying from a humble, repented heart? Is our prayer free from selfishness? Are we willing for God to say no sometimes and trust Him that He has a better plan for us?

It is important to pray for other people besides ourselves. We can truly save people from the fires of hell, if we pray for them. Not many Christians do that. If they pray it is just to get themselves and their families out of trouble. We can do great mighty things through prayer. And we don’t even have to go outside of our homes to do it. Plus we be rewarded for it, for all eternity. There are many people you may want to help, but not in the position to do so, but your prayers can enter in.

Many people think it is more important to do works that help people hands on. But prayer is even more important, it is more versatile than what you can do. I remember once I watched a T.V. program discussing the difficulties of foster care. Many children are so disturbed they play up with their foster parents dramatically, because they can’t trust. I remember, light dawned on me as I was watching this program. I said to God that’s why we pray and God zoomed in with great joy and confirmed it. Sometimes it is only the power of prayer that can turn things around. Not because we are powerful, but because we win the Heart of God and He acts on our prayers, if they are from the heart. The deeper the prayer is from the heart, the purer it is. God wants more prayers said, so that the angels of God can do their mighty works.

I am surprise even to find so manty Christians, have forgotten God in their life. So much so they don’t even think of praying for their own needs to be met. Never alone their church, their county and all the peoples of the world that they could help by their prayers. We have to practise praying for Gods’ Kingdom to come and believe it will. We are all members of the body of Christ and we all have to do our bit. If we don’t, people suffer that otherwise wouldn’t have to, if we did our part. Whether it is physically hands on or praying for them. We are called to do both. It keeps us balanced. Those who are specially chosen for intercessory prayers, I believe are sadly misunderstood as wasting their time or over the top saying prayers. Prayers I believe is more important than works. For one thing it strengthens our relationship with God. You must be filled with the Holy Spirit of God before your good deeds resemble Christ. And you do that by having a loving relationship with God and living the life that pleases God.

Jesus use to prayer through the night and preach and do good works through the day. Jesus didn’t abandon a prayer life. And God told me that three hours a day is the minimum of hours for a prayer life. Not everybody is called to concentrate on a prayer life, but we are all called to pray for one another and worship God. The greater our relationship with God through prayers and acts of brotherly love, the greater our eternal reward will be.

You are His child, your prayers matter to God. Yes He will answer your prayers according to His Will. Find out what is His Will for you. Ask Him! if He doesn’t answer straight away, persevere with your prayer until He does. God does test your faith sometimes and your stamina. And if you past the test He will strengthen your faith and your perseverance even more so.

God Answers Prayers

Many people think, God won’t answer their prayers. They think you have to be a very, very holy before God will even consider your prayers to be important. I have heard many times people won’t pray for the little things, because they don’t want to bother God. The truth is God is so interested in you and all that you do. Even the most ordinary and insignificant act of your day is all important to God. If I lose a pin I ask God to help me find it. God never gets mad when we include Him in our day. Doesn’t matter how unimportant you think it is, it is important to God, because His love is not like ours. Infinite in fact and infinite in mercy. God is a doer. Because most people think they are unworthy of been heard by God, much could have been done that wasn’t. Not only does God take a keen interest in your day, He wants you to pray for others as well. Because God is all powerful and He is waiting on you to call on His power and love to help you with every detail of your life and to help others through you.

When I started to realise I could help people on the other side of the world still in my pyjamas that was exciting for me. I was too shy to speak to people never alone about God, but I could pray for someone and know God will help them because I prayed. I pray that you will pray to God with confidence and not be shy about it. Your life will change for the better and you will learn more about God’s character if you persevere with a prayer life. What I mean your life will improve for the better, I don’t mean you won’t have problems, but you will find through your prayers and obedience to God, you will be given the grace to deal with those problems far better than you would relying on your own strength.

The joy you give God when you spend time with Him is enormous. His love is bigger than we can possibly imagine and you know yourself you don’t like to be ignored, but happy when people give you their full loving attention. God is bigger than us and He gives you some of His joy to us when we make a habit to look to Him for help in everything we do. God becomes not only your Father, but your best friend. And when you know your prayers can make a big difference in someone’s life you know it is the kind thing to do. The more merciful we are the more merciful God is to us. Your light will shine, people will notice something different about you, the more you pray and let God enter in your life.

About three years ago I lost my faith because I refuse to listen to God. I was sure I was going to hell. I didn’t stop my prayer life though and God restored my faith back little by little. Praying to God is one of the most powerful things you can do to save yourself and others from the lies of Satan. It is like a life saver to a drowning person. Obedience is also important. There are many temptations out there and prayer can help you so much in every circumstances that you find yourself in.

Consider this Prayer

My marvellous, great God who provides for me and protects me from all my enemies, my gracious loving Father who knows me intimately. I am always in your thoughts. You love me too bits despite of my nothingness. You see beauty in me that I don’t yet see. And everything about you is powerful, majestic presence of love, mercy, kindness, tenderness, wisdom, intelligence and awareness. You are so creative that you can make something out of nothing. And you love this sinner so much that your son Jesus was willing to die for me a cruel agonising death on the cross. You love me so much that I am free of my penalty of sin. Thanks to Jesus prepared to be punished on my behalf. Now you have made me a bride of Christ, a friend of the Holy Spirit and your child. You have made me equal heirs with Jesus. So now I am a Royal Child of God. Raised from a servant into your family. You continue to find excuses for me to be saved by the precious blood of Jesus. You remember my sins no more. What a great Father and God you are. I gladly worship you with all I have, because there is no other love like yours. And I am willing to die for you as your son was prepared to die for me.

A prayer Claiming back what was stolen

In the most precious Blood and Name of Jesus I claim back everything Satan has stolen from me, from the beginning of time, seven fold return for the glory and praise of your name.

Jesus has told me to pray it. Not only do we receive what has been stolen from us, Jesus can re own what was lost in us too. You don’t have to word the prayer the way I did, you can do it the way it has more meaning for you.

You will be Given Mercy if You are Merciful to others

Matthew 5:7-8.  “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

isPLLWHJ3SGod will give us mercy at the measure we give mercy to others. There are plenty of times we want to help people, but are out of our reach to do so. We can still help and give up some offering, whether it is donations to a charity that helps the people God has put into our hearts to help or some act of self-denial to back up our prayers. There are great needs everywhere, for example children caught up in the sex trade could do with your help. Even praying for them for five minutes a day or better still say the rosary for them. God does answer prayers, especially if we keep it up. I often pray for God to stop abortions and God told me one day that many babies haven’t been aborted because of me praying for them. I have prayed for them for about eight years. So you see you can still help.

A woman by the name of Gabrielle Bossis went past a brothel and her heart went out to them and Jesus said to her ‘how many times have I told you when you can’t enter, your prayers enter.’ It is important to remember you will receive mercy if you give it. Not long ago I went through a crisis of not believing I will go to heaven if I die. I believed everybody else would, but not me. God brought to my attention because of an act of mercy to someone, giving them hope when they really need it, God gave me hope and let me know that I was fine with Him. You don’t know when you are going to need mercy from God, because of a crisis you find yourself in. Your faith may not always be strong enough. It is necessary to show mercy to others, for the glory of God and for our salvation. God said in Exodus 33:19……. I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

So not everybody receives mercy, because they did not give it. Children who are tortured every day by being sexual insulted needs our prayers as so many other people do. Let’s not be selfish and start praying for people who are in hopeless situations. We would like to know other people are praying for us when we are in a crisis wouldn’t we?

 

 

Forgiveness

is570FUPLHI watched a YouTube show about a man didn’t forgave his wife for about three days. And on the third day he had a car accident and died. An angel took him first to heaven to show him what it was like and then showed him hell. The angel told him, he would have gone to hell if this was his day to die. Meanwhile his wife arrange his body to be at church where many and many people prayed for him to be raised from the dead, which he did.

This story affected me very strongly. You can be doing really well, but for lack of forgiveness can go to hell. God will only forgive us if we forgive others. Since we are so wicked we can’t change ourselves, so it is so important to confess our sins to God and pray that God softens our hearts so that we can forgive all and really mean it. And do our best at forgiving.

So I wrote down a list of people from early years to now that I was having problems with forgiveness. I used the rosary beads and said the below prayer for each one that I needed to forgive.

Eternal Father I offer up the Sacred Heart of Jesus with all its love with all its suffering and with all its merits to bless …… with eternal life and bless me with a forgiving heart towards ……

While I was praying it for the first person I felt God’s Spirit in me as if He was agreeing with me and working in me. I want to be ready for the rapture or my death whichever comes first.

I beg you to write a list down also, because it does help. And write down their good points that also helps to forgive them. It helps to know just how wicked we are so we won’t be guilty of judging others too. God does answer prayers, but we have to persist in our asking and really want it. We also need to know what our real motives are. Are we serving God or doing a good deed to get praise. Self-examination is so necessary to keep us on top of things.

To cover yourself, I believe strongly to pray for the hour of your death. I have heard stories of people testimonies of seeing people in hell, who lived a good Christian life, but was tempted by the devil to stray and the devil then arranged their deaths before they had time to repent. So I strongly suggest and not put it off praying for the hour you die that you are found worthy and ready for God to take you when He does. It would be a terrible thing to go to hell and not heaven because you were trick into sinning and die a sudden death not giving you time to repent.  This is where saying the Rosary really helps us.

Two Beautiful Prayers

Two Beautiful Prayers

Oh most rich treasury of all virtues, how greatly do I rejoice  that thee alone, and through Thee, flows every good; and that all in comparison of thy perfection is as nothing! I thank Thee, Lord, for this and for all other good gifts, which Thou hast  Bestowed upon ….. Remember, Lord, my poverty and my  Sore need of all … virtues!

 Another beautiful prayer.

How great O Sovereign Lord of all, be it my inward joy the knowledge that without Thee I can do nothing, and that Thou art the first and chief Worker in all good things that I do.

I got these beautiful prayers from a book called ‘Spiritual Combat’ by Dom Lorenzo Scupoli. From Sophia Institute Press. St. Francis de Sales, carried this book in his pocket for 18 years. The first prayer is for when you admire somebodies virtues, and to remind you not to put the person’s virtue higher than God.  I also use it for my favourite saints including Mary our Mother. I changed the second prayer a bit, which is something I do a lot with prayers that I like.

 

Prayer for Daily Neglects

isEternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all its Love, all its sufferings and all it Merits.

First – to expiate all the sins I have committed this day and during all my life. Glory be to the Father and to the Son …!

Second – to purify the good I have done badly this day and during all my life. Glory be …..!

Third – To supply for the good I ought to have done, and that I have neglected this day and during all my life. Glory be ….!

A poor Clare nun, who had just died appeared to her abbess and said to her, ‘I went straight to heaven, for by means of this prayer, recited every evening, I paid my debts.

I say this prayer Eternal Father,… one on each of the other prayers, but that is just my choice. I just feel it is even more powerful that is all. I hope you enjoy saying it, because it tends to lift your spirits after you have said it.