Pray Boldly With Faith!

Our prayer group was blessed by the visit of a snow bird, Larry, who was involved in an ecumenical healing ministry in Michigan. Of course we took advantage of the opportunity to be prayed over. One thing I noticed about the way Larry prayed over people was that it was simple, direct and bold. “ In the name of Jesus I command this shoulder to be healed. “ No wishy-washy prayers, no rambling prayers and no doubt that God would answer his prayer and no suggestions to try anti-inflammatory medicine or to do less for God, he just prayed in faith that God would do ask he asked. Isn’t this what the early disciples did?
Isn’t this what we are called to do? We possess the same Holy Spirit as the early disciples. The Spirit we possess is not watered down but present in all His power and love which He passionately longs to pour out upon the world. We have not been given the Holy Spirit to keep for ourselves. We are called to reach out to the people around us and bring His love.
We live in a world desperately in need of God’s love and mercy. We are the people God has created and raised up as His instruments to bring His love to the world. So, why are we holding back? Why are we timid? Why do we lack confidence?
Is our mistake that we think in depends on us? Do we feel inadequate praying over someone? Jesus promised in John 14:12 that we would do greater works than the ones He did. Three times so far this Easter Season we’ve heard that promise. How often have we heard that Promise? When is it going to sink in that He meant it?
We are called to reach out in faith and trust God to do what is best for the people we are reaching out to. Our success does not depend on our abilities or inadequacies but on the infinite love of an almighty God.

Sometimes We Need To Reminded Who’s In The Tabernacle!

Most of us learn that Jesus is really present in the Eucharist when we receive our first communion but don’t really understand what that means. Unfortunate for many of us who are adults we still don’t understand it and basically go through the motions when we receive communion. How many of us are really approaching Jesus with the reverence we should be showing for the God of the Universe? How many of us approach communion expecting nothing?
Yet our Church teaches that Jesus is present in all of His power and Glory,the Son of God in all of His awesome majesty. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. That means the same Jesus the crowds followed everywhere, the same Jesus that healed the paralytic, feed 5,000,stilled the storm and raised Lazarus from the dead is present in every communion. He still heals people today, especially those who come to Him in real faith, believing He is truly there in all His power, able to heal them.
We have to change the way we think of the Eucharist, It is not a thing,a wafer, but a living person, the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of God and Love Incarnate. He is a person with infinite love, power and wisdom who longs passionately to bless us and give us what we need best. He is as St. Thomas said our Lord and our God,the Divine Physician, Divine Healer,our everything. He came so that we might have life and have it abundantly.
We need to open our hearts and minds when we go to Communion, expecting God to bless our socks off and trust Him to give us what we truly need rather than telling the God of all creation what we want.

A Healing Prayer Before Communion

Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Eucharist, present in all Your power and divinity, that you want me to come to You and You want to pour Your love upon me.
I believe that You came so that I might have life and have it abundantly, that You are the same , yesterday, today and forever and just as You healed the people in the Gospels You still heal people today.
I believe that nothing is impossible for You, no disease or situation is too great for You.
I believe that You love me with an infinite love, love beyond anyone’s imagination, that You know and passionately desire what is best for me and long to bless me much more than I can imagine.
Help me to be totally open to the graces You want to pour out on me as I receive You in communion. Help me to put aside my pride and allow You to change me in the way I need to change. Pour out Your grace upon me. Open my heart to Your incredible love.
Thank You for what You are going to do.

No Retreat, No Surrender!

No Surrender, No Retreat
No surrender, no retreat; that’s how I was raised. I grew up as part of the John Wayne generation, our values shaped by the World War II movies and westerns we watched on our black and white TV’s. Men were supposed to be independent, tough and in control. Our heroes were Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone and “I have not yet begun to fight” John Paul Jones. Surrender was not part of our vocabulary. It was extremely difficult for us to give up control, even to God.
It was not until I was drafted into the healing ministry that I ever began to understand what it meant to surrender to Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I really knew nothing about healing prayer so I read everything I could find on healing prayer. Healing I learned was an act of love by Jesus and Jesus’ love encompassed every aspect of our lives. His love is total, completely beyond our imagination or comprehension. When He sees us we look like Him in the scene from The Passion where Pilate presents Jesus to the crowd after the Scourging, all covered in blood and wounds. Jesus sees every emotional, spiritual, relational wound we’ve ever suffered. He knows our every hurt and longs passionately to heal all of our wounds not just the physical. He wants to pour out His love upon us and heal all of us. He passionately longs to unleash a Niagara Falls worth of blessings upon us.
To surrender to Jesus means to open ourselves up to the unbelievable love He has for us, to be open to a love so far beyond human imagination it isn’t funny, a love that encompasses every aspect of our lives, that knows and ardently desires what is best for us. Surrendering to Jesus means we allow Jesus to pour His love upon us and do what is best for us. He knows what we need. He knows what we can handle and He knows what truly will make us happy.
What can be greater than that? Sadly, too often we hold onto control. We are afraid. We don’t trust Jesus or we think we know better. We only open our hearts a little at a time and pull back over and over. For many of us this is a lifetime process of taking little steps towards God, allowing Him in a little at a time. Maybe we need help. Jesus Himself wants to help us.
He’s given us the awesome gift of the Eucharist so we may approach Him and grow in a relationship with Him. All we have to do is open our hearts to Him as we receive Him in communion. Ask for the grace to be totally open to Him and what He wants to do when you come to Him. He longs to pour His love upon you.

So often we think that this kind of relationship is just for saints, not ordinary people like us but God pours His Spirit and love upon all of us.  His greatest desire is to bless us beyond our imaginations.  He wants to knock our socks off so open your heart and let Him in.

 

 

Jesus, I believe that You love me more than I love myself, more than anything that I can imagine. I believe that Your love for me is infinite, beyond comprehension, limitless. I believe that You know and want what is best for me, that you want to pour your love and blessings upon me.

I believe that You loved me enough to die for me. I believe that You would have endured the entire Passion just for me out of love. I believe that You have forgiven all my sins and that I can come to You at anytime in confession and receive Your awesome mercy.

I believe that You are present in the most holy Eucharist, that You created the Eucharist out of love, that the Eucharist is love itself, that You wait in the Eucharist to pour out your love upon me.

I believe but help my unbelief. Help me to believe in my heart, not just my head. Strengthen my faith in Your awesome love for me. Help me to open my heart to Your love. Help me to put aside all that may block my receiving the love and blessings You want to give me.

Help me to let go of my past, of any sins or mistakes for which I keep beating myself up. Help me to let go of any sense of unworthiness and remember that it is your love not my worthiness that matters.

Help me to let go of all pride, the false sense that I have to earn Your love, that I have to do things on my own. Help me to turn to You.

Help me to let go of all fear and doubt. Help me to totally put my trust in Your awesome goodness, love and mercy.

I want to be totally open to You, Jesus. I want You to come into my heart and heal the wounds of my past. I want You to help me to forgive all those who’ve hurt me. I want You to change me from the inside, to help me let go of all the anger, resentments, to let go of the pride and independence, anything that keeps me apart from you.

I want to know You, personally. I want an intimate relationship with You. I want to see You each time I receive You. I want to feel Your presence, Your love in my heart. I want to hear Your voice. I want You to guide me with every decision I make. I want You to take charge of my life. I want You to truly be my Lord and Savior. I don’t want to live my life anymore. I want to live Your life. I want to serve You, to be Your hands and feet. I want to receive Your love and bring it to those around me. Help me to do so.

Come into my heart and change me into the person You created me to be. Fill me with Your love. Free me of all fear and doubt and help me to trust You with everything, my health, family, finances, career, relationships, everything.

Help me Jesus, draw me close to You. Let me live in Your heart. Fill me with You. Take charge of my life. I surrender all to You and Your incredible love. Amen

Why Doesn’t Everyone Experience God’s Healing Touch?

At a recent charismatic meeting someone wondered why some people are healed and others have to suffer, What kind of loving God would allow that? How do we explain this? Maybe the fault lies not with God but with us.
Often the answer given by many people is that we lack the faith necessary to be healed and this may be true in some circumstances where people put their faith in a visible doctor and tangible medicine rather than an invisible God. However, I believe that the answer to this question is much more than that. It is more of our lack of understanding and acceptance of God’s love for us.
God wants much more for us than just our salvation. He wants more than we want ourselves. He wants what is best for us. Jesus came so that we might have life and have it abundantly. See John 10:10. He wants to bless us in ways we can’t imagine or understand but we must be open to this. He knows us intimately better even than we know ourselves. He sees all our pains and wounds, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, relational as well as physical. In His eyes we look like Jesus in the scene after the scourging in The Passion of the Christ when Pilate presented the incredibly beaten Christ to the crowd.
There is anger buried and repressed from grammar school, wounds inflicted on us by our family or peers, injuries and resentments that we’ve held on to and buried just eating away at us, taking its toll on our bodies and spirits. We haven’t forgiven others and often ourselves. We beat ourselves us and put ourselves down. We feel hopeless, afraid to open ourselves up to God’s love or unwilling to let go of the anger and resentment, unwilling to forgive, unwilling to let go of our sins and vices, unwilling to let God really heal us so we say no and fail to experience God’s healing love.
We may not even realize we are doing this. It is part of our fallen nature to hold onto control, to resist surrendering our will to God, to refuse to allow Him to do what God wants to do, what is best for us. As a consequence we miss out on the blessings God wants to give us.
And there are times when God’s best for us is to call us home out of this fallen world to be with Him forever. We can never forget this.

God Can Do Anything He Wants!

Last night I taught our RCIA class about the Eucharist. Much of what Catholics believe about the Eucharist can be mind-boggling to those who are new to the faith. How can Jesus be fully present in every consecrated host is certainly a question that challenges our mind. Who can really understand how bread and wine becomes the body and blood of Christ.
Yet who are we to question God. Take a drive out to the country on a very clear night and look at the number of stars. It seems like we can see millions, yet they are so far away we are looking into the past. The nearest star is Alpha Centaur i a mere 4 light years away, not far compared to the rest of them yet 4 light years is more than 23,462,484,000,000 miles if my math is correct. Try multiplying 186,000 x 60 x 60 x 24 x 365. Can you imagine such a distance? Yet that is the closest star besides our sun a mere 93,000,000 miles away. How vast is space?
When you think about the vastness of the universe and realize that God created it all and we only see a small part of it; how can we doubt God’s abilities? How can we question whether God can do something or perform a miracle. If He created the entire universe why would be think He would be incapable of healing a disease or providing what we need.
Try to remember who God is, how powerful He is, what He is capable of and believe.

Are We Praying For the Wrong Things?

How often do we pray for the Lord to change our circumstances, change our lives? We pray for a better car, job or house. We pray for health all of which are good things but maybe we need to pray for something more important. Maybe we need to pray for the Lord to change us. Give Him the permission to make us into the people He created us to be.
Pray to be changed by the Lord. Pray to be set free of the anger, resentment, prejudices and negativity that keep us from becoming the people He wants us to be. Pray to become more positive, to trust Him more to be more loving. Pray for a change in attitude, a change in expectations. Pray for a greater faith in Him in His love for You. Pray to really believe that He is a God of Infinite Love who wants what is best for us.
Pray to be set free of the fear and doubt that cripple us.
Pray for opportunities to be of service to Him and His Church. Pray for a greater love of the Sacraments. Pray to be changed every time you receive Communion. Pray for the grace to be generous. Pray to be set on fire with love for Him and His people. Pray to make a difference in the world for Him. Pray to grow more like Jesus!