I pray today Lord, for all traffic police officers. Enable them to enforce proper discipline on the roads and to be strict in applying laws and rules. Help them to be wide awake to the tricks and excuses of offending motorists if they try to argue themselves out of punishment when apprehended. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN
I pray today Lord for hard-working people who are the victims of fraud and swindles. I think especially of those who have had their life’s savings stolen. Compensate them and give them resources with which to get by. Bring the thieves to justice and enable the police to eliminate these crimes. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
Lord, I pray for all students who are preparing for end-of-the-year exams today. Enable them to clear their minds of other distracting thoughts and apply them to the studies they have gone through during the year. Grant that their exams may be fair and enable them to give a good account of themselves. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
“Jesus answered, ‘Have faith in God’”.
Mk 11:22 GNB
ACatholic priest noticed one Sunday morning that a university professor married to a regular worshipper in his church had come to mass. As his wife had sometimes expressed concern about his professed atheism, the priest was surprised, but said nothing. This continued for quite some time and gradually the man thawed out. One day he even ventured some conversation with the priest. “Tell me” said the priest, “I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see you at mass these last few months. Has anything happened to cause you to change your mind?” The man replied, “Well, I decided it’s not a wise thing to argue with the examiner just before you write your finals”.
Having faith means different things in various contexts. Generally, it means believing that there is a God and that he works in various ways in a universe which he has created. Sometimes it can mean living a very God-conscious life of close personal communion with God. Then again it can mean accepting that God has a claim on your whole existence and committing everything you are and have to him. Sometimes having faith can imply that, although you are ill, you dare to defy the possibility that your ill-health may continue – or even deteriorate – and you insist that God will heal you, or that, having recovered, your recovery has been caused by God’s active intervention.
Many people believe that the growth of science has called into question all religious faith. The fact of the matter, in this modern world, is that six of the seven billion people on planet earth profess some kind of religious faith, despite the decline of organised religion in western society. Listen to Jesus – and have faith in God.
Lord, help my faith to increase.
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