February 26, 2016 THURSDAY, 1st Week of Lent
Est C:12.14-16.23-25 / Mt 7:7-12
Reading: Est C:12.14-16.23-25
Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, fled to the Lord for refuge. She prayed to the Lord, the God of Israel, saying: "My Lord, you alone are our King. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, for I am taking my life in my hand. From birth, I have heard among my people that you, Lord, chose Israel from among all nations, and our ancestors from among all their forebears, as a lasting inheritance, and that you fulfilled all your promises to them. Be mindful of us, Lord. Make yourself known in the time of our distress and give me courage, King of gods and Ruler of every power. Put in my mouth persuasive words in the presence of the lion, and turn his heart to hatred for our enemy, so that he and his co-conspirators may perish. Save us by your power, and help me, who am alone and have no one but you, Lord.
Gospel: Mt: 7: 7-12
Jesus said, "Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; and the door will be opened to him who knocks. Would any of you give a stone to your son when he asks for bread? Or give him a snake, when he asks for a fish? As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
"So, do to others whatever you would that others do to you: there you have the Law and the Prophets."
In the book of Esther, the Jews of Persia were being threatened with extermination. But Mordecai and Esther both prayed to God with all their might and implored Him to deliver Israel. God saved His people and their enemies were destroyed.
Oftentimes we go about our daily lives doing many things. When something goes wrong, we try to fix the problem. Often as a last recourse, we ask God for help. To pray to God does not mean not to rely on one's capacities. It means to invite God into our daily life activities and struggles. It is always good to pray at the beginning of the day, during the day and at the end of the day. In this way, we will be calmer in our decisions, much less impatient and more clear-headed.
It is also not proper to ask God for everything. What we should pray for are things that we really need and things that would benefit others. It is also good to pray for people who have serious problems in life after we have counseled them a bit. We will not know the power of prayer unless we have prayed for a long time and seen its fruits.
Once we have established an intimate relationship with God through prayer, we can start to talk to him as a son addresses his father. We begin to trust in him and understand his plans for us and for others. We start to think like Jesus who is the best model of prayer. Jesus prayed all the time and loved all men totally. The Father always listened to his prayers which were always in accordance with the mind of God.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
JEROME RODERICK L. DIOKNO
For the thanksgiving & special intentions of Beny Chua.
Thanksgiving for the gift of life of NELSON BILLANES on March 4.
For more faith & trust in the Lord for LJ Koh.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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