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There is Power in Prayer

Philip Illsley - Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Lords Prayer
'It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life'.
Saint John Chrysostom

Image in public domain provided by the Brooklyn Museum uploaded to Wikimedia:
'The Lords Prayer' James Tissot (1836-1902)

Why every person ought to pray
If every person prayed we would all be doing the Will of God, and this would bring about the harmony of His Will on earth. When we live within the will of God we are all united in its order and harmony but when we step outside the will of God, we are all of us stumbling in the chaos disorder and darkness of our human will which is prone to evil. We all know that Jesus is pure love. As pure love He can transform everything, so we say to you: Jesus, we are all yours, Lord do with us our Will maybe painful or seem unfair.

We know that your ways are not mans ways and only you can see the grand scheme of things. Only you know the whys of our Cross’es because you are God and Love us all with an infinite love. You will give us all your blessing in every situation if we ‘Trust in You’ and do your Holy Will always. Doing the will of God can never hurt us and can never harm another. Doing your will and trusting in you will enable us all to become fountains of living water in the midst of a thirsting world. We can only hear the will of God by spending time with him in daily prayer.

Prayer for a clean heart and Heavenly wisdom:
By Philip Illsley Oct 1999
O God strengthen me by the grace of your Holy Spirit, make me firm within my efforts to be Holy. Empty me of all unnecessary worry and anxiety, and do not let me be carried away by desire of anything whatsoever, whether worth having or otherwise. Make me realise that all things are passing away and that I too must follow them. Give me your Heavenly Wisdom to seek you, find you and understand you above all things. Fill me with the gift of your Holy Spirit to do your work on earth and bring many souls with me to Heaven. Amen, Fiat. (This prayer has always kept me on the straight and narrow path)

Saint Faustina
Why every soul ought to pray:
From the diary of Sr. Faustina 'Divine Mercy in My Soul' (entry 146)
Prayer - 'A soul arms itself by prayer for all kinds of combat. In whatever state the soul may be, it ought to pray. A soul which is pure and beautiful must pray, or else it will lose its beauty; a soul which is striving after this purity must pray, or else it will never attain it; a soul which is newly converted must pray, or else it will fall again; a sinful soul, plunged in sins, must pray so it may rise again. There is no soul which is not bound to pray, for every single grace comes to the soul through prayer'.

Without prayer there is no love, forgiveness, compassion, or mercy. Prayer is the way out of every situation, which has no way out. Our Mother keeps urging us at Medjugorje to pray for our shepherds, our priests 'My Children do not ever forget to pray for your shepherds' 10/2/2017. The visionary Mirjana said on May 5th 2008 ‘From this moment that we are living now until Her Triumph there is a bridge and that bridge are the priests’ . Mirjana also said that Our Lady says we should pray for priests so that the bridge will be firm.

Prayer for Priests:
Lord Jesus, your priests are sacred and are priests forever. In trust Jesus, and in love, I offer my daily life to you as my daily sacrifice of prayer for all your priests but especially for all priests in the world who are not living up to the ministry they have received. Bless them Lord and all your priests. Lord Jesus use me to help them and love them in any good way. I can be near them now and always Blessed Trinity. Amen, Fiat. Mother Mary Queen of Priests pray for them.

Our priests are sacred and are priests forever. Please say this prayer daily.

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Anthony Evans commented on 02-Jan-2018 01:08 PM
Beautiful reminder that Prayer is a gift and a channel for God's Grace - Thanks philip!

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