We need to pray more consistently and regularly for divine blessings. We already know that praying is talking to God. The more we tell Him the truth about ourselves and our situation the more likely it is that God will look mercifully on us.
Consistent prayers would include reading the bible every day. Going to mass everyday, saying Thank you Jesus Rosary. Going to adoration every week and going for confessions at least once a month. These are just suggestions .
Pray for discipline so that you can continue what you have started. Do not allow distractions to prevent you from reading the bill and going for adoration. Of course, I know many our members are not able to go to adoration regularly because of where they live. A lot of people live outside Enugu and Nigeria.
You can still go for adoration of the blessed Sacrament in your local church or you can watch some old adoration videos on you tube. You can also do a spiritual adoration all by yourself. You can do this by sitting still and telling God about your situation. Be quiet and listen to God.
When temptation comes, remember to pray. If you rely on yourself alone you will always lose the battle against the devil. The devil has more experience than us and can always lead us astray. Only consistent and regular pray can help us defeat temptation everyday.
We have to be humble and remember that we are all prone to sin. Even our desires can give us justifications for choosing wrong over right. Only through prayers and the grace of God can worship Him through our daily lives. May God contain to have mercy on us as we continue to pray without ceasing. Amen!
According to Tobit 4:21 (New American Bible)”You will be a rich man if you fear God,avoid all sin,and do what is right before the Lord”. Most of us already know that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom. Now we also learn that it is the foundation of riches. This is especially true if you want to get rich by following the teachings of the bible.
If you really want to fear God then you have to learn a lot more about him through reading the bible, listening to the word of God on a regular basis.You cannot say you fear God, if you do not try to find out what He wants, what he loves or does not love. If you do not know all these you cannot be steadfast in your service. Yet according to Tobit 4:6(New American Bible)”If you are steadfast in your service , your good works will bring you success, not only to you, but also to all those who live uprightly”.
To be steadfast in doing good work means that you are consistent in doing the will of God in your daily lives.This means you have prayed so regularly that God knows you by name. He knows you because you are always talking to Him and presenting your plans, your dreams, your problems to Him. You always ask for His blessings while at the same time, you try to help others as much as you can. If you want to get blessings and riches . you have to be prepared to give alms to others. According to Tobit 4:16 (New American Bible) “Give to the hungry some of your bread, and to the naked some of your clothing. Whatever you have left over, give away as alms : and do not begrudge the alms you give.” Giving cheerfully to God and to those in need would help to open your hands. The funny thing about open hands is that you need to open your hands before you can receieve.
Finally to be successful when need to bless the Lord throughout our daily lives. After all, we all know we are serving a living God who knows all our desires, fears, troubles and hopes. According to Tobit 4:19 (New American Bible) “At all times bless the Lord God, and ask Him make to make all your paths straight and to grant success to all your endeavors and plans.” Amen.
According to Sirach 6:1, New American Bible we should “Say nothing harmful, small or great.” This is an easy admonition that is hard to keep to because we spend most of lives complaining about others. Of course we do not do it on purpose, it is only a reflection how hurt we feel after others have disappointed us or deceived us.
However we cannot forget that the best way to “say nothing harmful” is by praying all the time. This way God will help us control our tongue which we already know is difficult. According to James 3:7 to 8, New American Bible,” Every kind of beast and bird, reptile and sea creature, can be tamed by the human species, but no human being can tame the tongue.” Since we are human we should not be surprised that though we try to be fair to others, sometimes we find ourselves doing wrong.
Of course as children of God , we still have a duty to speak the truth in love. If we see somebody doing something wrong we still have to speak out. If we see others being cheated or oppressed , we have to speak out. However, the best weapon we have for fighting injustice is prayers and good behavior through the grace of God. After all, we all know that without God, we can do nothing.
We all that regular attendance of the mass, adoration, reading the bible, saying the thank you Jesus rosary and rosary are some of the ways we can keep ourselves immersed in God. We as people who belong to the adoration family, have to remember that just as fish cannot live without water, we cannot live without prayers.
It is only we pray with conviction that we can become strong enough to face temptation when it comes. However, we cannot forget that with God, all things are possible. We shall try to say nothing harmful, but we cannot forget that God loves us more than we love ourselves, may God continue to forgive us, protect us and bless us. Amen!!!
Question of the Day
Do you belong to the adoration family?
We all want to be happy and successful. We all want to able to dream big and work hard towards achieving our dreams and our goals. Part of the journey of life for each of us involves finding a passion and pursuing it. According to Sirach 51:30 (New American Bible), “work at your tasks in due season, and in his own time God will give you your reward.”
This means that if we continue to work towards achieving our goals God will continue to bless us. The problem is that most of us start of without asking for God’s help. We do not present our situation to God and ask Him to help us with spirit of discernment. This will help make sure that what we are pursuing is part of God’s plan for us.
Secondly we need to ask God to help us overcome the obstacles we may encounter as we try to live the happy lives we have always wanted. After all, the evil one, never rests. Remember, that He is prowling around looking for whom to devour. This is why we most pray everyday and steadfastly try to do our work in due season. It is for us to compare ourselves with others.
We simply need to focus on making sure we are doing our best everyday, whether it is popular or not. After all James, 5:11(New American Bible) says, “We call blessed all have persevered”. We cannot our obstacles to define us. no matter what people will say about us we must continue to try to do “our work in due season”.
A simple plan to help us to do this is the following: Go to mass everyday. Read the bible everyday. Tell God about your plans and the daily actions you wish to take to achieve them. Say the Thank you Jesus rosary every day. It is one of the most powerful ways to say “Thank You’ to Jesus. if you have not tired it , try it today. As God throughout the day to help you succeed, despite your mistakes and weakness.
Remember that God makes all things beautiful in his time. I would like to end by quoting the doxology from, Jude 1:24 -25(New American Bible), ” To the one who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you unblemished and exultant, in the presence of his glory, to the only God, our savior, majesty,power, and authority from ages past, now , and for ages to come, Amen.!!!!
Let your steps be guided by the Lord from today onwards. This means you have to make out time to ask God to intervene in everything you do, from morning to night. Do no try to rely on yourself.
Why should do this? You should do it because according to Psalm 37:23-24(New American Bible),” Those whose are guided by the lord, whose ways God approves, May stumble, but the will not fall, for the Lord holds their hand.” If you let God guide your way and you do what God approves, then surely the word of God assures that though we may face difficulties, we shall triumph in the end.
Remember how our Lord called Mary, “blessed”, when she went to visit Elizabeth, yet she had to flee to Egypt with Joseph and Jesus to avoid persecution from Harold. Did God not approve her way? Was her life and her steps not guided by God? I think we only that the answers to both questions are God approved Mary’s way and that her steps were guided by God.
We have to let our steps be guided by God so that our difficulties of today will not lead us away from the blessings God has already set aside for us. Though we may difficult or deal with unexpected difficulties, by the grace of God we shall overcome. Amen!!!!
Living by the grace of God, means we have to pray every day for divine help, divine inspiration and divine protection. As children of God, we cannot be afraid of telling God to help us solve our problems. We have ask God to bless us, to inspire us, to direct us and protect us. Part of the problem we have is insufficient faith.
Not having enough faith is what leads a lot of people to give up or seek help from the wrong source when things are not working well. First we need to pray and follow directions from God for our lives and circumstances. Constant prayer will help us to learn how to talk to God and listen to God when he is talking to us.It was because Joseph knew how to listen to god that he knew it was God asking his family to go to Egypt.
The only way we can be sure our steps are being guided by God, is to become more prayerful everyday. We can do this by reading the bible every day, saying the rosary, going to mass and to adoration, avoiding occasions of sin , and seeking to please God in our daily circumstances and situations.
We have to try through the grace of God and the power of prayer to avoid daily occasions of temptations. We have to remember that we are weak but Jesus is strong.We have to depend on God for everything because the devil can easily outsmart us through our desires.
If we truly want to avoid the occasions of temptations in our daily lives we have to be careful what we look at. According to Proverbs (New American bible) 27:20, “The nether world and the abyss are never satisfied, so too the eyes of men.” This means that our eyes are not naturally satisfied with looking at things that we consider the objects of our desire.
This similar to the saying, “the eyes are never satisfied with looking”. This means that if we do not find the energy to look away from tempting objects, through the grace of God, we shall like David find ourselves committing sins beyond our imagination. We have to learn to look away from evil and those activities that do not glorify God. I am not saying it is easy but I know that God can help us do all things, provided we persistently ask Him.
The process of avoiding occasions of sin or of temptation requires time and practice. If we regularly say no to small and simple sins then we shall be able to say know to more complex sins. According to Isaiah ( New American Bible ) 1: 16,17, “Cease doing evil and to do good.”
We need to avoid occasions of temptation and look for occasions of grace.We can find occasions of grace through reading the bible, reading spiritual books, praying and listening to tapes and messages from Fr. Mbaka.We can also do this by following Fr. Mbaka’s principles of spiritual life.