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Updated: Mar 25

Welcome back everyone to another daily post.





Often times, we forget about the power of prayer. Other times, we misuse the power of prayer. For example, most of the people of faith lean towards prayer whenever they need something, and never return to communicate with God again.


Before starting any prayers, the prayer to the holy Spirit is recommended. The Holy Spirit comes forth from God the Father. Prayer is important because it is the main way to communicate with God. To guide, lead, and save you. This is the power of prayer through the name of Jesus. This is a way of saving you from evil and all harm. The more you pray, the more you strengthen yourself with God.


Prayers can help you abstain and stay away from trouble, anger, and all other evil. It helps you to keep your composure. The Holy Spirit works in you as prayer is an invitation for him to live in you. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Prayer helps to calm you. As you enter into meditation with the Lord, you don't think negative and you are filled with positivity. Why? Because the Holy Spirit is behind every prayer that is said from your heart.


It is important to pray from the heart. If you don't pray from the heart, the Lord will not hear your prayer. You have to strengthen your faith hope and trust in the Lord Jesus. He will then receive your prayer and listen joyfully. Any intentions you ask of you will receive in accordance with the will of God. When you pray, clear your mind from all thoughts. Close your ears from any noise. Keep your mind, heart and soul with Our Father who is in heaven. Then, you will feel and receive his great glory.


Prayer helps you to resist all evil and temptations. It fills your soul with the power of the Holy Spirit to avoid any evil thoughts in the mind. It helps to control your life appropraitely. Just as the remote control controls a television.


Now, who should we pray to and why? First, God the Father. He is the direct powerhold to guide you to the light and remove you from the darkness. God has created me, not the evil one. Why should I obey the wicked instead of the one who made me? Do you follow the one that has the best interests at hand for you or do you follow the one that seeks to destroy you? Also, pray to the blessed Mother Mary. Jesus chose her as his mother for a reason. She is our holy true mother of heaven and earth. We call her the holy queen of heaven and earth. Of the seen and unseen. She is our lady of the whole world. We pray to her because she is the mother of mercy. She is close to the ears and heart of Jesus. The Lord never rejects her words on behalf of us. She is also the mother of sorrows, and accompanied Jesus along with his sufferings. Imagine having to live a whole life and witness the pain and death of your only son. I have had personal encounters with the blessed mother Mary, so take it from my words. I will share some later along our journey together.


We should all start praying as soon as possible. In the morning before you do anything. Before you eat or work. I go to my chapel and kneel on my knees and my head bowed down to the ground, in front of the crucifixion of the Lord. The morning prayers are a start. Begin your prayer life immediately. The Lord is presented where and when you pray. Ask and speak with him. He is always there for you. But do not only ask for things you want, but for the Lord whom we need.


Some pray only when they need something. Some ask, the Lord answers, and then they leave the Lord alone. This is not a serve a client and leave business. This seems to be a game with God. This displays great selfishness. Let us not only ask God when we need, but live daily with him in prayer, praising his great glory and being filled with thanksgiving. He opens our eyes and we see his light, another reason to live for his glory. We must always thank him every step of the day, showing him love and to tell him, "Lord, I love you."


Many, many, many of us pray for something and at times it feels like forever. For example, when I prayed to God to help me build my wealth on earth so that I could take care of my family, it took me about one whole year before I received a message on what to do. Another example is when my father lost all of his wealth. He prayed to God for daily surviving. God granted us this everyday. Another time my father prayed for many people to get healed, and they were healed right away. Some at later times. Everything has a time!


We have to understand that we are not God. We don't decide when we want things to happen. That is in the hands of God.


Sometimes God doesn't answer straight away because of the iniquity of your sins. Sometimes God doesn't answer because he wants to test your faith!


Don't give up with prayer. Be persistent in your prayers!


I want to share a story with you that the Lord gave to me in a dream. It is about those who feel hopeless about their prayers and give up. If you have been or are in a situation like this, please, continue to listen and read.


This was the message:


There was two men in the dream. One in a small home and one in a mega mansion. He showed me the one in the small home first. The man in the small home looked poor. I saw him on his knees praying to the Lord saying, "Father in heaven, I have nothing left but you. I thank you that you have kept me for daily surviving. If it is your will for me to suffer, let me. But if I may have a taste of your great mercy, please, pour it on me. I promise you that I will not forget you, and I will not forget the poor." The man persisted in prayer for five years, and the Lord answered him. God was testing whether his prayer is real or fake. Whether he's praying only to receive or praying because he is sincere about his words. The man kept his promise.


The second man living in his mega mansion was praying everyday also. One day, he lost all of his wealth, family and friends. He had nothing left but a small home. The man prayed everyday for three years for the Lord to lift him and make him great again, but he didn't receive his answer. The man gave up with his prayers, threw out his chapel in his home, and stopped praying completely. A few days later, the Lord appeared to him in a dream. Jesus said to him, "You prayed for three years, and then you gave up. Why?" The man replied, "Because you didn't answer me. I was waiting so long, for three years, and you left me alone!" Jesus answered the man, "Did I leave you alone? Or did you leave me alone? Who provided you with food when you had nothing to eat? Who provided you with a shelter when everything was taken away from you? Who protected you from death when your enemies tried to harm you? Answer me. Who left who alone?" The man was silent. Jesus continued, "You didn't know that I was planning to give you what you asked the day after you stopped praying. If you only prayed for one more day I would have given you what you asked for." Then, the Lord left him. The man was left with sorrow. He continued his prayer routine again for another five years, and then he restored his wealth.


As you can see, prayer sometimes takes a long time to be answered. If you are praying for something good and it is God's will, it will be granted at the right time. If you are praying for evil upon someone, it is most likely not going to happen.


We must learn to love all people and come into communion with everyone. Although prayer can sometimes take long to be answered, it is important to be persistent and to never cease in prayer.


I also urge you to never only pray because you want something. Pray always! I know of too many people who pray only because they want the newest La Ferrari or a big mansion or to win the next lottery. Where are your prayers of thanksgiving?


Let us always remember to pray to the Lord at all times during every moment in life. The Lord loves us and wants to communicate with us. He speaks to us through prayer.


As stated in the book, When it comes to the power of prayer, it does not necessarily mean that all prayers are answered, nor all the wants of human beings asked/requested in prayers will be provided. Instead, prayer is a powerful activity that can allow a soul to search within himself/herself in the presence of silence, relaxed mind and concentration when asking for guidance. According to the Reverend Margaret B. Gunnes of Explore Faith Organization, the “power of prayer is the constant renewal of perspective.” However, this power of spirituality and prayer is not very discrete nor it is strong as it is observable in the present times.


These are recited on formal occasions in Church. Once learnt are always remembered making praying easier. Prayers importance to individuals The survey data in graph 1 shows 59% of people say informal prayers. Every religion may have different prayers or different ways to say their prayers but they are all communicating with their God.


Several passages include; Genesis 25:21 “Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived”. Mathew 21:22 “Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.” In Luke 11:1-5 Jesus teaches the Lord’s Prayer. Catholics place great importance on formal prayers like the Our Father and Hail Mary.

Prayer across religions Mallet, a life coach, suggests that prayer helps people live longer and happier lives. She says, “There are countless medical reports on longevity for individuals who center life on church, worship, prayer and meditation. Prayer is asking God for ones desires or needs of others, while meditation is waiting on God to answer.” (Mallet, 2013) Buddhists practice meditation and believe this awakens their inner passion, strength and wisdom within them.

The issue on school prayer has been subject to constitutional debate since 1960’s. The Court ruled against school-sponsored prayer in the Engel vs. Vitale case in 1962. Such court decision is in line with the upholding of freedom of religion (and the expression of one’s faith and belief). The Court said that one could instead do his or her prayer privately and need not impose his or her prayer to anyone (Dierenfield, 2007).


It is not an obligation but more of an option. The question about whether prayer was an important part of the respondent’s lives evoked strong views. Graph 3 shows that over 67% said prayer was important some saying it essential, others said definitely. Less than 33% responded not really but said prayer had helped them at some time in their life.


This is the very basis of the Court for implementing the non-school-sponsored prayer in every school in the United States. Such ruling was put into question when another case of school-sponsored prayer occurred in 2000. The case wherein the Santa Fe Independent School District permitted the non-private conduction of prayer (done in front of other students of the school) which is aim to declare support for the football athletes (Status of Current Law on School Prayer, 2007).


Although, the Congress had tried to intervene with the issue, the Court still prevailed by saying that the school violated the law against school-sponsored worship or prayer. In order to uphold the ruling of the Court against school-sponsored worship or prayer, the House and the Senate passed the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education) in October 30 2001 (Status of Current Law on School Prayer, 2007). This act states that schools that would violate the law against school-sponsored prayer would be denied of federal funding.


The schools, in return, would ensure that they would be hands-off regarding religious matters. They should really do that otherwise their federal funding would be denied by the government (Status of Current Law on School Prayer, 2007). To end, the issue on school prayer and the law regarding it intend to promote the rights of the students for voluntary prayer and against discrimination of religion.


The Roman Catholic denomination falls under the religion of Christianity. Roman Catholics find the use of blessing very important, because they think that it is asking God to bring grace upon the person, place or thing. Ritual and prayer are integral parts of Catholic life, from the sacraments which mark the sacred milestones on life’s journey to the smaller rituals of daily devotion.


Prayer across religions Mallet, a life coach, suggests that prayer helps people live longer and happier lives. She says, “There are countless medical reports on longevity for individuals who center life on church, worship, prayer and meditation. Prayer is asking God for ones desires or needs of others, while meditation is waiting on God to answer.” (Mallet, 2013) Buddhists practice meditation and believe this awakens their inner passion, strength and wisdom within them.

Blessings are a form of prayer asking God to grant grace to the person, place, or thing being blessed. Catholics often say blessings before consuming meals, thanking God for the gift of the food they are about to eat. Catholic parents have traditionally laid their hands on their children’s heads as a form of blessing, asking for their protection and guidance.


It is not an obligation but more of an option. The question about whether prayer was an important part of the respondent’s lives evoked strong views. Graph 3 shows that over 67% said prayer was important some saying it essential, others said definitely. Less than 33% responded not really but said prayer had helped them at some time in their life.


Hymns were vigorously sung throughout the sermon making the presence of God heartfelt throughout the Mass. Furthermore, I continued to examine the church and its people and had observed the altar which included a Deacon who wears a prayer shoal cross way, three priests wearing cassocks (long sleeved, hoodless garments) and three altar servers also wearing cassocks and surplice. I found that mass is very vital to Catholics; reason being is because it allows worshippers to partake in the Holy Eucharist, which is also very important to any Catholic’s life.


Facts: In Santa Fe, Texas, students were elected by their classmates to give pre-game prayers at high school football games over the loud speaker that were mainly Christian. A Catholic and a Mormon family felt this was a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution. The school district has always done pre-game invocations before each game however while the case was pending the school district changed their policy, still permitting student led prayer but not requiring them as they were before.


As Mallet suggests “People who pray, live longer and happier lives. They are not exempt from crisis or unexpected tragedies; but rather able to cope on a deeper level with prayer and meditation through life’s trails.” (Mallet 2013). Houdmann agrees that “daily prayer gives us an opportunity to share all aspects of one’s life with God.


Actually, there is a better and more peaceful way of celebrating the feast such as by praying the rosary or making a personal prayer. Joining the procession seems to be absurd for some people, even for the Catholics, but we must never judge or despise them. Instead, let us try to understand their motives by “putting ourselves in their shoes”.


PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!!!


Thank you for your questions. It was an honor answering this question about prayer. For any questions, kindly email me personally and I will post an answer on this site.


May God bless us always,


Walid F Rafo.








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