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By on 04/06/2017

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REMEMBER

 

Remember the wonders he has done.

(Psalm 105:5)

Congratulations you have made it to the last day. I pray that your time with the Lord through prayer and fasting has surpassed anything you could have imagined.

As you finish your commitment, it’s good to look back and remember how faithful God has been. Reflect on all he has done – answered your prayers, giving you strength or encouraged you through Scripture and the daily Rosary.

You now have a unique story to tell about how God has worked in your life over that past three weeks.

One way you can record Gods’ blessing is to journal about them. Write things down while they are still fresh in your memory. Take some time to share with someone how God has answered a specific request that you prayed for during your time of prayer and fasting.

Also, I would love to hear your stories from this season so please comment below to encourage others in their faith. Thank you to all those people who have prayed the Rosary with us, prayed for us and with us and encouraged me with emails and comments.

My prayer is that you will continue to pursue God with the same frequency and fervor that you have known in this 21 days. God doesn’t want your desire for him to wane just because your fasting is over.

 

 

PRAYER

Lord God, I thank you for how you’ve blessed my life during this fast. You have been so good to me! Fill me with your power and fan the flame you have begun in my heart. May my life shine so brightly for you that others are drawn to your great mercy and love.

We make this prayer in Jesus name through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen

 


By on 03/06/2017

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A COMMAND TO SEEK

 

“Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.”

(Isa 55.6)

My two-year-old granddaughter can play hide and seek forever. She will hide in the same spot that is super obvious until I find her and then hide in exactly the same spot again and again. She loves to be found and she keeps on asking for more!

In the same way as my granddaughter loves to be found, so does God.

In the Scripture today we are told to seek the Lord while he may be found and call upon Him while he is near.

This actually sounds like a command rather than an option. God wants us to seek Him because He loves to be found.

As Christian people we spend our lives drawing closer to God.

In the times when we make the choice not to seek God, life can be a lot harder and we can lose our direction altogether.

It seems as if it is a choice to seek God or not seek God but as we hear in this scripture God commands or tells us to seek Him.

God has created us to seek Him and will continue doing that forever.

I meet many people who are lost and can’t find their way and if that is you –  Don’t give up – Seek the Lord!!

I know this is the only way forward.

Seek the Lord every day because He loves to be found!

 

PRAYER

Lord God

You created us to seek you and to find you.

Thank you for reminding us that we have to be active seekers and that you want to be found time and time again.

We make this prayer in Jesus name through the power of the Holy Spirit

Amen


By on 02/06/2017

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Desire the Prize

 

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:14 (NRSV)

 

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

 

Driving past the local pool the other morning I saw a whole busload of kids jumping off and sprinting towards the door with bathers on and towels over their shoulders. It was only 6.30am and they were ready to go.

 

As I drove along I thought about what it takes to seek the Lord with that kind of passion.

 

Seeking the Lord requires persevering through the storms of life and remaining committed to the Lord.

 

It could mean getting up early in the morning to do your prayer and Bible study, maybe even before the sun comes up.

 

It might involve an illness that causes you to depend on the Lord in a way you’ve never known before.

 

What I have realised seeking the Lord begins with a desire to do whatever it takes to grow closer to him.

 

Are you seeking the Lord with that kind of passion? If not, why not?

 

Refuse to let apathy and laziness set in.

 

Don’t hit the snooze button on life and crawl back under the covers.

 

Your time on earth is short so make the most of every day you’re given.

 

Press on, my friend. Desire God more than anything or anyone else.

 

He is your prize. There is no greater reward!

 

 

PRAYER

 

Lord Jesus you are my reason for living. I want to desire you more than anything else. Give me a greater passion for you so that I can come to know you more.


By on 01/06/2017

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By on 01/06/2017

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Listen!

 

The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened. I have not rebelled or turned away.

Isaiah 50:1

 

I sometimes think we forget to listen to God because we think his time is spent talking to the truly important people. The saints. The mystics. The prophets.

 

Do you ever feel that God is silent and not communicating with you?

 

Sometimes we want God to do something dramatic in our lives like a miracle or a show of his power and might. But God just doesn’t work that way. He isn’t in the theatre business!

 

God doesn’t come to us in a wind, and God doesn’t come to us in an earthquake, and God doesn’t come to us in a fire. God comes to us in a still, small voice. All we have to do is listen.

 

Isaiah 50 begins with God’s word to the prophet. He responds by saying, “The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened.”

 

I am so aware of how easily I can miss God’s voice because I just not listening.

 

How can I seek God and be more attentive to God’s voice?

 

In part, I have to spend time with God in quiet and solitude. It is impossible to listen to God when I don’t slow down or stop and intentionally listen.

 

I can also hear His voice in my spiritual reading, bible studies, through nature, in sermons, songs and sacraments.

 

Sometimes God can be heard through the wise words of a wise God-loving friend.

 

I can hear God’s voice when I read Scripture. As I read the Bible, I’m doing more than acquiring theological knowledge. I’m listening for the voice of God, so that I can come to know who He is and what He is saying to me.

 

If we are seeking God but not in a stance to be ready and listen, how can God speak to us? Is your stance today one wanting to hear God’s voice and having your ears open to listen?

 

PRAYER

 

Lord God, when I read this verse from Isaiah, I want to hear your voice, to have my ears open to you. You know all the things that get in the way of my paying attention to you: the “noise” that surrounds me and the “voices” that echo inside of me. Forgive me sometimes for the times I don’t hear you because I just don’t take time to listen.

 

Father, we make this prayer in the name of Jesus through the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen


By on 31/05/2017

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By on 31/05/2017

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On the Move

 

At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out.

Numbers 9:23

 

I love to go camping with my family but what I don’t like is getting everything packed up and ready to go.

 

Although all the stress of going camping is worth it once we get out into the wild, I could do without the packing part.

 

The Israelites knew all about the challenges of camping. They wandered in the wilderness for forty years and that was definitely not a holiday! They were nomads and without permanent homes, they lived in tents in the desert.

 

As well as their personal belongings, the Israelites also travelled with the tabernacle, which was the portable dwelling place for God’s presence. During this time, the Lord provided them with a sign – a cloud – to reassure them that he was with them.

 

Whenever the cloud lifted above the tabernacle, the people knew it was time to move on. When the cloud stood still, they set up camp and stayed there until the cloud moved again.

Sometimes the cloud hovered over the tabernacle from evening until the next morning. Other times it stayed for a month or longer. The Israelites didn’t know when they would be going. They had absolutely no control or say in the matter. They lived day by day in complete dependence on the guidance of the Lord.

 

And yet, despite the uncertainty and inconvenience of the lifestyle, they obeyed.

 

Where are you in your journey with the Lord?

 

Are you camping out and waiting for the Lords’ instructions?

 

Are you on the move, following in the direction God is leading you?

 

Wherever you are, know that the Lord is with you.

 

Seek God. Listen to his voice.

 

If God says wait, then sit tight. If he says go, then start packing.

 

Be like the Israelites.

 

Seek God and follow where God leads.

 

PRAYER

 

Dear God

 

I know you have plans for my life. You have work for me to do and places for me to go. As I spend time in prayer speak to my heart. Show me if now is a time to move or a time to wait on you.

 

Father, we make this prayer in the name of Jesus through the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen


By on 30/05/2017

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By on 30/05/2017

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Lord Your presence Be With Me

 

My telephone has stopped working. Well almost. The problem is that it will not charge. It started playing up from time to time and it has just got progressively worse.

 

The closest phone shop for my phone is about an hour away in the traffic if not more and then there is the drive home.

 

Yesterday I headed off to the phone shop only to find that they were so busy I could not get in.

 

So, I went home and booked an appointment at the phone shop and today I headed back.

 

When I got there, I was told that I needed to back up the phone before they would work on it. I did that.

 

Then when I checked the phone and it was somehow working perfectly.

 

On top of this when I eventually got in the queue for my appointment, I was greeted with the news that I had wrongly booked and that my appointment was not today but that I had booked it in two days’ time.

 

It has felt like if it could go wrong it has gone wrong.

 

We all have days like this when between a combination of our own efforts and just circumstances, that life seems so frustrating.

 

Today I needed God’s peace. It would have been so easy to get annoyed and worked up but I have found that prayer really helps us stay in control in exasperating times like these.

 

PRAYER

 

Lord may your peace reign in our lives not only when Life is going well, but all of the time. May your presence surround us as all times.

 

Father we make this prayer in the name of Jesus through the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen


By on 29/05/2017

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