“For prayer to be effective our petitions should be for benefits worthily to be expected from God. Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss.” (James 4, 3)
St. Thomas Aquinas: Compendium of Theology, 251 (13th century)
A ‘prayer shield’ and a ‘wall of meat’: Christians and bikers vow to protect Trump at inauguration
The headlines get more and more interesting but this one shows that people are willing to stand up and use their physical and spiritual time to protect the President-Elect, Donald Trump. Although few of us have the time or money to head to Washington DC for the Inauguration this week, we still have the power of prayer on our side and can offer our own prayers from every corner of the United States to protect our new president and for his guidance in taking on the leadership of this country. Too often, people are only reminded to pray when they need prayer.
Some quotes to ponder in anticipation of the next four years and as a reminder that prayer needs to be ongoing.
“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in Heaven …” 1. Matthew 5:44-45
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.” Luke 6:22
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12
“But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of Hell.” Matthew 5:22
“Blessed be the Lord,
The God of Israel;
He has come to His people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
Born of the house of His servant David.
Through His holy prophets He promised of old
That He would save us from our enemies,
From the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
And to remember His holy Covenant.
This was the oath He swore to our father Abraham:
To set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship Him without fear,
Holy and righteous in His sight
All the days of our life.
You, My child shall be called
The prophet of the Most High,
For you will go before the Lord to prepare His way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our Lord
The dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
And the shadow of death,
And to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
~Canticle of Zechariah, Luke 1:68-79
“Then His disciples, leaving Him, all fled away.” Mark 14:50
This happened after Jesus was taken away to be judges and crucified. How many of us might have been in that group?
“I ought to die of shame to think I have not already died of gratitude to my good God.” Saint Julie Billiart
“Boast not for tomorrow for thou knowest not what the day to come may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“For a just man shall fall seven times and shall rise again but the wicked shall fall down into evil. When thy enemy shall fall, be not glad: and in his ruin let not they heart rejoice.” Proverbs 24:16-17
“I have no greater joy than this to hear of my children walking in the truth.” 3 John 4
“When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7