Pray great prayers (part 2)-A A +A
Friday, March 21, 2014
AFTER sharing my insights on Chip Ingram’s book, “Good to Great in God’s Eyes”, through 3 articles on three topics: Dream Great Dreams, Pray Great Prayers, and Read Great Books, I wanted to move along and share about “Enjoy Great Moments”.
But it was not meant to be so. I encountered a “major” disappointing personal temporary setback last Tuesday.
Flashing in my mind were the words I shared in “Pray Great Prayers”:
1. Pray on a Personal level – Talk to God like a father.
2. Champion God’s agenda – Reflect on what God wants. Not what we want.
3. Focus on God’s promises, not on the problems – Claim His promises.
Immediately, I sank into prayer! Thank God, I recalled what I wrote on how I should pray.
Immediately, I asked for intercessory prayers from friends, powerful prayer partners. The next day, we visited Mama Mary’s grotto in Pacdal, my source of refuge and strength.
I reflected on what God could possibly want me to learn (Patience, Perseverance, Trust…).
And I repeated His promises in Phil. 4:19, “And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
2 Cor 12:9, “"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Phil. 4:13, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Matthew 28:20, “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The next day, we went down to Puso ng Carmelo, a place of prayer in Damortis, to join Mother Clare, other members of their congregation, and over 500 clergy and friends of their community, to celebrate their 25th Anniversary of service to God and man.
On one of many signs posted around the holy place, that aptly caught my attention, were the words of St. Teresa of Avila:
“Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing make you afraid,
All things are passing.
God alone never changes.
Patience gains all things.
If you have God,
You will want for nothing.
God alone suffices.”
As Doc Rene would add in the original Spanish version:
“Nada te turbe;
nada te espante;
todo se pasa;
Dios no se muda,
todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene,
nada le falta.
Solo Dios basta.”
And armed with my anti-stressor tool, I kept repeating the Serenity Prayer:
“Lord, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.”
My Dearest Children,
You will face and continue to face numerous challenges and setbacks in life. All these happen according to God’s will: whether God’s intentional will, circumstantial will, or His ultimate will.
Each difficulty builds character. Persevere!
Arm yourself with God’s words and promises.
Believe, Trust, Obey and Act!
In the words of Sister Becky of Puso ng Carmelo: “pray for God’s grace that you may go through it.”
I say and share all these to you, as I repeat them to myself, and convict myself with my little doubts and fears, during these challenging moments!
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 22, 2014.