“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
A Prayer To Rest In The Lord
Today, I ask you to pray for all the women who have had or contemplated having an abortion. Specifically, pray for each of them to not only choose life, but for them to know that Christ loves them and wants to make their burden light.
Many of these women have such horrific stories and carry so many things life has thrown at them. They are enchained with their past, hurting and broken.
They think they have no one and feel alone in their decision making.
But just as someone has told us about Jesus and the freedom we have received in Him, let us pray for these women to:
- Receive divine intervention, that someone be put in their path.
- Realize that God knows them by name.
- Understand that He knows everything about them and loves them just the same.
- Find rest in the Lord by knowing this.
We know that Christ is filled with compassion concerning our struggles because “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16)
Pray that these women can know that God extends His mercy and grace to them and will see the hand of God in their life.
Our 7-Day Jericho March started yesterday evening. We will continue to meet at Santa Teresa (5290 McNutt Rd) every day from 6 pm-7 pm until Sunday, October 31st. Each day is a different prayer intention with a Pastor or Priest leading the March. Hope to see you!
Devotional for Day 34
Scripture: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. —John 1:1-3
Reflection: “In the beginning” was God. Always, before all times, there was God. This particular God — the God of the Bible, the God of St. John’s Gospel — is different from all other gods. This God is alive and full of life. This God is not the picture of deadness and death, aloneness and isolation. This God is the picture of life, relationship, and unity. For within this God, within this one God, there are three divine persons who live, who love, and who work — together. This is the glorious mystery of the Trinity. The Trinity means divine life. The Trinity means three, living Persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — who relate to each other. The Trinity means mutual love and service among three Persons. The Word was always with God the Father. This Word was, is, and will be the Trinity’s second person. The Word is also the Son of God or, as revealed in time, Jesus Christ. God the Father and God the Son live, love, and work for each other. As one, they create “all things” together: the Father creates all things, including all human life, through the Son. So the Father, through the Son, creates all human lives. The little one swimming in his mother’s womb, the infant smiling in his father’s arms, the child crying in pain in a hospital bed, the energetic teen running another mile, the old man gasping for his last breath — all were created, at their beginning, by the Father through the Son. No exceptions. Divine life creates human life.
Prayer: O God, may we always be quick to call you Father. And when we call you father, let your Spirit remind us that we, and all people, from their beginning to their last day, are your children. We praise you, Father, that you sent your Son to reveal to the world that all people are His brothers and sisters, that all people are your children. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.