Reflection – Strength & Love Through Prayer

June 2, 2017 – “Dear children! As in the other places where I have come to you, also here I am calling you to prayer. Pray for those who do not know my Son, for those who have not come to know the love of God, against sin, for the consecrated – for those whom my Son called to have love and the spirit of strength for you, for the Church. Pray to my Son, and the love which you experience from His nearness will give you the strength to make you ready for the works of love which you will do in His name.”

The Blessed Mother began this message by referencing the past, as well as clarifying for us that the same Woman appearing in Medjugorje was also the same Woman who appeared in Fatima, Lourdes, Garabandal, La Salette, and Knock. Even the messages backcoverfrom these apparitions show the same breath of the Holy Spirit, and the same call to conversion to a humanity who has forgotten its Creator. This is why she has, for so long, been consistently calling us to prayer.

Throughout the globe, in all her apparitions, the Mother of God has been teaching and imploring us to live prayer, and to recognize its monumental, limitless effects in our lives as well as others and the world. Which is why she urges us to pray for non-believers, for protection against evil and sin, for the consecrated, priesthood, and for the Church.

Our world seems to be heating up day by day. The spiritual battle before us is real and intense. These days we are living in are quite critical. Warfare, weapons, surrendering rights to secure some sense of “security” is not going to fix everything. Putting our trust and hope solely in our own intellect and strength will not secure the victory needed over our enemies.

It is not against human enemies that we have to struggle, but against the principalities and the ruling forces who are masters of darkness in this world, the spirits of evil in the heavens.

[…] In all your prayer and entreaty keep praying in the Spirit on every possible occasion. Never get tired of staying awake to pray for all God’s holy people… [Ephesians 6:12, 18]

Prayer is the necessary and ultimate weapon Our Lady has been teaching us to utilize with faith and love. If we want to help Our Lady in her mission, which is God’s plan, to save and convert the world, then we must sincerely decide to make prayer a part of our 8eb8e88cabbf658c45e6f43eb299c27flives; it must be in the first place, as she has often asked us in her Medjugorje messages.

Most importantly, when we pray we are nearer to Jesus, her Son and our Lord. This is another significant reason why Our Lady calls us to prayer; not only are we actively fighting evil in prayer, but we become closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our Lady wants us to get to know her Son better, to love Him more, and receive His graces; when we pray, we are able to do just that. And when we know and love Jesus better, we also know and love the Father better as well!

When we experience that love from the nearness of Christ in prayer, it changes everything in us and around us. His love transforms, heals, renews, and strengthens us. It helps us to better understand what is expected of us, and prepare us for the good works we will do for love of Him.

Here’s a beautiful example of experiencing the love of Jesus from St. Faustina’s diary:

Love is a mystery that transforms everything it touches into things beautiful and pleasing to God. The love of God makes a soul free. She is like a queen; she knows no slavish compulsion; she sets about everything with great freedom of soul, because the love which dwells in her incites her to action. Everything that surrounds her makes her know that only God Himself is worthy of her love. A soul in love with God and immersed in Him approaches her duties with the same dispositions as she does Holy Communion and carries out the simplest tasks with great care, under the loving gaze of God. She is not troubled if, after some time, something turns out to be less successful. She remains calm, because at the time of the action she had done what was in her power. When it happens that the living presence of God, which she enjoys almost constantly, leaves her, she then tries to continue living in lively faith. Her soul understands that there are periods of rest and periods of battle. Through her will, she is always with God. Her soul, like a knight, is well trained in battle; from afar it sees where the foe is hiding and is ready for battle. She knows she is not alone – God is her strength. [890]

Prayer brings a rush of inner-strength. This we need so dearly! Our Lady wants us to receive this kind of strength, which is why she calls us to spend as much time as we can in prayer, so that the nearness of Jesus will make us strong and resolute.

The world suffers because it puts itself in the place of God. It does not know the love of God, and because of that it’s as fragile as glass. Let us unite with Jesus and Mary, assist them in this battle for peace with our prayer. And let us let the love of the Lord secure and fortify us, so that we may remain steadfast in these times of ours.

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