Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Global 40 Days of Prayer: Devotional: Day 6
DEVOTIONAL DAY 6
AUGUST 11, 2013
Prayer with fasting is an expression of repentance.
However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting (Matt 17:21 NKJV).
therefore," says the Lord, "Turn to Me with all your heart, with
fasting, with weeping, and with mourning." So rend your heart, and not
your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and
merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from
doing harm" (Joel 2:12-13 NKJV).
In 1996, American founder of Campus Crusade for Christ International, Bill Bright, wrote, "I
strongly believe that America and much of the world will experience a
great spiritual awakening. This Divine visit of the Holy Spirit of
heaven will kindle the greatest harvest in the history of the Church.
But before God comes in revival power, the Holy Spirit will call
millions of Christians to repent, fast and pray for 40 days in the
spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14."
you for being one of the million (our goal) who is praying, fasting and
repenting during these 40 days. Please share this prayer call with your
family, friends and church.
word 'fast' in the Bible refers to the practice of self-denial
especially of food. Some translations use the word 'afflict' for fasting
(Isaiah 58:3,5 KJV). It means 'weeping and mourning'. We do not think
about eating in an emergency or the death of a loved one. Fasting is an
expression of anguish and repentance before God. The people of Israel
were called together in Solemn Assemblies, often for long periods, in
order to search their hearts, confess their sin and repent (Joel 1:14).
do we fast during this global prayer call? We 'afflict' ourselves to
pray more earnestly for our 4 faith goals. We say 'no' to our selfish
desires and pride and put God first in our lives; we ask him to reveal
hidden sins that have crept into our lives just like termites creep into
a house and destroy it. Then we confess, grieve and repent.
Charles Stanley, American writer and speaker says, "The
greatest thing a church could have is leaders who fast and pray - not
when the church burns down, but in order to get the church on
fire....Fasting brings about a supernatural work in our lives." How
often does your church leadership pray and fast and call the church to
also grieve over sin in our societies and cry out to God for
transformation. Arthur Wallis in his book on fasting says "...when
exercised with a pure heart and a right motive, fasting may provide us
with a key to unlock doors where other keys have failed; a window
opening up new horizons in the unseen world; a spiritual weapon of God's
providing, 'mighty, to pulling down strongholds."
Let us take a firm hold of this key.
we confess we have not taken seriously the discipline of fasting as
individuals and churches. We have not cried out to you with true anguish
of heart. Forgive us Lord. We want to live a new way. Thank you for the
challenge you gave me to fast during these 40 days. Help me to remain
faithful to this by the power of your Spirit in me. Amen.
Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
Four Prayer points:
*Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
*Pray for a billion people to find Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord.
for an end to abortion and for God to turn back the tide of death and
immorality that is sweeping the nations of the world.
*Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
Today's devotional courtesy of:
Marilyn Rowsome, Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call Team