CHARISMA DAILY DEVOTIONAL
SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2020
PRAYER AND HUMILITY
Scriptural Reading: Luke 18:9-14
St John Chrysostom described humility as the root, mother, nurse, foundation and bond of all virtues. Humility is the bedrock of any strong prayer life. The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector shows that any prayer offered without humility is an abomination before God. One way we know whether we are humble is the way we conduct ourselves in the presence of God during prayers. We must realize that we are mere creatures in the presence of the creator. We should seek to glorify him and not exalt ourselves when we pray. Our dispositions and gestures in prayer should reflect who God is to us. How we sit, stand, sing and listen to his word should show reverence. During prayers, we should know that we are before God and not a man or an equal. If you exalt yourself before him, you will be humbled; but if you humble yourself, he will exalt you (Luke 18:14). We must not wallow in spiritual pride so that our prayers can ascend to heaven.
Do you think you can be as humble as Christ was?
STRATEGIC PRAYER POINTS:
1. Ask the Lord to make you humble in heart
2. Pray for the grace to surrender completely to God
3. Pray for the grace to be humble with the gifts the Lord has given you
4. Pray for the leaders of the Church for the grace of humility in service
5. Pay now against the spread of coronavirus pandemic
6. Say the prayers to St. Michael and St. Jude in pages 101 and 103
7. Present your private intentions to God
8. Say your daily prophetic prayers.
DAILY PROPHETIC PRAYERS
Oh Lord God of power and might we praise and thank you for your goodness and mercy in my life. I acknowledge that you are the only one true God and the Almighty who can do all things, who knows all things and who is everywhere at the same time.
I beseech you, Lord, to show me your mercy and forgiveness, I have sinned against you through my thoughts, words, and actions. Through your sacrificial death on the cross, I receive mercy and boldness to approach your throne of grace.
Let the precious blood of Jesus wash me and make me whiter than snow. Heal me oh Lord by your wounds that I may be restored.
I receive your Grace to rise above every limitation.
I receive your Grace to move from Glory to Glory. I proclaim my total freedom in the mighty name of Jesus.
I shall testify the goodness of God in the land of the living in the most powerful name of Jesus.
I shall not die but live to declare the goodness of God, I shall not be put to shame for the Lord is by my side. I shall glorify the Lord all the days of my life.
PRAYER TO ST MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL AGAINST THE FORCES BEHIND COVID - 19.
Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebukes him, we humbly pray, and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
WE PRAY WITH ST JUDE THE PATRON OF DIFFICULT CASES AGAINST THE SPREAD OF CORONA VIRUS
O most holy apostle, Saint Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honoureth and invoketh thee universally, as the patron of hopeless cases and things almost despaired of.
Pray for me, who am so miserable. Make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded to thee, to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of.
Come to mine assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolation and succour of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly...
(insert your prayer request here, especially the menace of COVID - 19 Pandemic)
...and that I may praise God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity.
I promise thee, O blessed Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favour, to always honour thee as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to thee. Amen.