Reflection – Pray and Open Your Heart to Jesus

October 25, 2018 – “Dear children! You have a great grace of being called to a new life through the messages which I am giving you. This, little children, is a time of grace, a time and a call to conversion for you and the future generations. Therefore, I am calling you, little children, pray more and open your heart to my Son Jesus. I am with you and love you all and bless you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

The Blessed Mother has often said in her messages that we are living in “a time of grace.” A glance at our world’s disorder might make us think otherwise, but the truth is the fact that Our Lady has been appearing in Medjugorje for this long is indeed a great grace from God. Her presence among us is a sign of the Lord’s extended hand of mercy and love. Through His Mother, the Lord is offering us more opportunities to walk the path of conversion, to get to know and love Him better, and to live a new life.

For this plan to be fully realized, Our Lady asks us to open our hearts to Jesus through prayer. Not only for the good of our daily conversion, but also for the conversions of others who have not yet come to know His love. I probably sound like a broken record for saying this so many times, but prayer is powerful. The affects of prayer transcends time and place, spreading wide and far to souls everywhere as well those entrusted to us.

In her book, My Heart Will Triumph, Mirjana Dragicevic tells us,

In one of her earliest messages, Our Lady told us, “Prayer and fasting can stop wars and change the laws of nature.” She was not speaking figuratively; prayer is more effective at creating change than anything we can do alone. The rosary is an especially powerful prayer.

Saint John Vianney once said, “What souls we can convert by our prayers. The one who saves a soul from hell saves this soul and his own as well.” And Saint Padre Pio once said, “Prayer is the best weapon we possess. It is the key that opens the heart of God.”

Prayer is a weapon and a shield, for ourselves, our loved ones, and souls everywhere. If we wish to assist Jesus and Mary in this time of grace, this time of battle for souls, then we must do so with our prayers and example.

On August 8, 1985, Our Lady said:

Dear children! Today I invite you in a particular way to enter the battle against Satan by means of prayer. Satan wants to battle more, now that you are aware of his activity. Dear children, put on, therefore, the armor against Satan, and with the Rosary in your hands you will defeat him. Thank you for having responded to my call.

St. John Paul II once said that the Rosary was his most favorite prayer. He understood the power of prayer and how urgently the world needed it. He was a true prayer warrior. He said:

Prayer gives us strength for great ideals, for keeping up our faith, charity, purity, generosity; prayer gives us strength to rise up from indifference and guilt, if we have had the misfortune to give in to temptation and weakness. Prayer gives us light by which to see and to judge from God’s perspective and from eternity. That is why you must not give up on praying!

Lastly (but most certainly not the least), let us look to Sacred Scripture:

 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. [James 5:13-16]

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. [Philippians 4:6-7]

In this time of grace, may we not give up on prayer!