A priest came to visit our convent, with his breviary in hand. We began conversing about the Liturgy of the Hours, and he opened his single volume breviary to page 1040, to the concluding prayer for Night Prayer for Sunday:
we beg you to visit this house
and banish from it
all the deadly power of the enemy.
May your holy angels dwell here
to keep us in peace,
and may your blessing be upon us always.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
What a beautiful prayer! It is a prayer asking the Lord to deliver our convents and households of anything and everything that leads us away from His grace.
Sometimes, we forget of the supernatural power that exists in our prayer. Partly, perhaps, because we as a culture have become so used to immediate results from set actions, that our small prayers seem just that; small and meaningless.
On the contrary, our prayers, when we come before God with faith, are formidable weapons. Jesus tells us this much in the Gospel of Mark 11:20-24 (emphasis mine):
“Early in the morning, as they were walking along, they saw the fig tree withered to its roots.
Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.”
Jesus said to them in reply, “Have faith in God.
Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him.
Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.”
Let us, then, turn to the Lord, recognizing that when we pray, it is not our work, but, “God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work.” (Philippians 2:13)
Act of Faith:
Jesus, Your faith was in the Heavenly Father,
Your steadfastness being my living model!
Kindly grant me the richness of such faith,
To embrace Your Father as my true Provider,
having staunch belief in His eminent powers
and to remain loyal to Him until my last day.
If my faith shifts as temporary waves,
rush to my rescue without any hesitation,
protecting others from my fleeting frailty.
May Your Presence always be lively enjoyed,
enabling me to shine as a flame of faith.
My faith loyally reaches out to You!