Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/21/2011

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January 21, 2011
St. Agnes

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear Children!  Today I call you especially now to advance against Satan by means of prayer.  Satan wants to work still more now that you know he is at work. Dear children, put on the armor for battle and with the Rosary in your hand defeat him!  Thank you for having responded to my call." (August 8, 1985) 

"Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.  Stand therefore...Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.  To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints..." (Eph. 6:13-14, 18)

Now we come to the last and maybe the most powerful and important of all the armor of God, prayer!  In her messages, Our Lady has emphasized prayer above all else.  Almost every message contains mention of prayer.  It is the foundation of our relationship with God, the pipeline to the Father in Heaven, the supply line from the Holy Spirit, the phone line from command central, Jesus Christ.  Prayer is our connection with the Commander, absolutely necessary for every good army. 

Our Lady has said many things about prayer.  Here are a few: 

"Pray, because Satan wants to complicate my plans still further.  Pray with the heart and surrender yourselves to Jesus in prayer." (August 11, 1984) 

"In prayer you will discover the greatest joy and the way out of every situation that has no escape." (March 28, 1985)

"Therefore I am calling you that, by prayer and by your life, you help to destroy everything in people that is evil and uncover the deception which Satan makes use of.  Pray that the truth prevails in all hearts." (September 25, 1986) 

"I am calling you to prayer and complete surrender to God because Satan wants to sift you through everyday affairs, and in your life he wants to snatch the first place.  Therefore, dear children, pray without ceasing!" (October 16, 1986)

"You know, dear children, that God grants special graces in prayer...So pray that God's blessing may protect each one of you from all the evil that is threatening you." (April 25, 1987) 

"Dear children, Satan is very strong.  And therefore I request your prayers - that you offer them for those who are under his influence so that they be saved...If you pray Satan cannot injure you even a little bit because you are God's children and He watches over you.  Pray, and let the rosary be always in your hands as a sign to Satan that you belong to me." (February 25, 1988) 

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As you can see, prayer is Our Lady's first choice in the battle against Satan.  Why?  First of all, because it connects us to Jesus and Jesus is all we need in this fight.  Jesus is everything.  

But second, Our Lady uncovers a powerful aspect of prayer, intercession.  Like St. Paul, she knows that it is through prayer and supplication that we bring down upon ourselves the graces and miracles we need.  Intercessory prayer is a big part of the battle.  "To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints..."  One of our chief jobs in this all-out war with the enemy is intercession.  We ask.  God acts.  We ask for the graces and miracles that the people of God need, God provides them.  We stay on our knees, opening our hearts to the Father, trusting Him, loving Him, imploring Him for help, and He responds with His Father's Heart.  The Father needs us to ask, because He needs to be invited into our world, asked in to do battle with us for souls.  Intercession is necessary because of our free will.  We have to ask!

Our Lady is building an army of little ones to do this intercession.  The armor we have been studying from Ephesians 6 is necessary for us little guys.  We need to be totally protected before we even think about fighting.  But now that we are covered, let's join in the fray!  Let's pray without ceasing for God's will to be done in our midst.  That is our job!

In Jesus and Mary!

Cathy Nolan


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