Prayer for a successful US election 2020

Almighty God, on 3rd
November, 2020,
Your children all over
The United States
Of America,
And American citizens
All over the world,
Will be required
To vote for
Their new president;
Mighty Father,
This shall be
A very important duty
For American people;
which all shall be
Required to perform;
Dear God,
You know
How important
This exercise is,
Not only for Americans
But for the entire world;
Loving God,
You know the situation
Billions of times better
Than we do;
You know how we feel;
You know the state
Of that country;
And that of the world;
You know what
An American president
Means to his people
And to the entire world;
Loving Father,
Two candidates vy
For the post;
You know them more
Than we know them;
Good God, help!
Choose the better
Of the two candidates
to lead that nation
For the next four years;
Shatter every attempt
To fraud
Or any other foul means
To win;
Shatter every plan
By outsiders to twist
This election for their
Selfish benefit;
Disgrace anyone who
Wants uses unscrupulous
Means to win;
We pray that you touch
The hearts of the voters
To be honest and vote;
Not to protect their own
Selfish interest,
but to do what is right;
Grant them the gift
Of prayer;
To pray for guidance
During this period
And on election day.
Shatter lies – telling;
And dishonesty;
Make all the voters
Honest and loyal;
May they remain faithful
to the democratic ideals
For which their founding fathers worked so hard.
This humble prayer, we
submit to you,through
Your son, our saviour,
Jesus Christ,
Who lives and reigns
In unity
With the Holy Spirit,
Forever and ever, Amen!

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BIBLE SHARING TEXT FOR TODAY

(Matthew 1:1-16.18-23.)

The Book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king. David became the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asaph.
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah became the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amos, Amos the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the Babylonian exile.
After the Babylonian exile, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok. Zadok became the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah.
Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.”

WHAT HAS TOUCHED ME

What has touched me are the words “do not be afraid”. Often, I am afraid, especially with the insecurity in my locality. I fear at times to go to church because I am not sure of my safety. This gospel tells me not to be afraid.

RESOLUTION
I resolve today not to be afraid. I shall be bold and confident. I shall not allow fear to stop me from doing what is right.

WORD OF LIFE
My word of life is Holy Spirit. I will turn to the Holy Spirit from time to time today for guidance and help especially when I am afraid.

PRAYER
Come Holy Spirit. Fill the heart of thy faithful and enkindle in it the fire of your love. Send forth thy spirit and they shall be created and thou shall renew the face of the earth.

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Daily scripture sharing enhances our piety and draws us closer to God. With increased fervor, we may follow with more promptness God’s divine inspirations; and and with greater fidelity, observe God’s divine precepts.

This sharing should also enhance our gift of knowledge, by which we know the things of God, and through enlightenment by God’s Holy teaching, we may walk without deviation along the path of eternal salvation. With the gift of understanding we get to better understand the divine mysteries, contemplate heavenly things, teach and detach my thoughts and affection from the vain things of the world.

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OUR BIBLE SHARING FOR TODAY (Matthew 24:42-51.)

Jesus said to his disciples: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.
Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their food at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so.
Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.
But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is long delayed,’
and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with drunkards,
the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour
and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

WHAT HAS TOUCHED ME

What has touched me in today’s gospel is the phrase “be prepared”. I hear Jesus speaking directly to me and asking me to be prepared.
This means so much to me because I have realized that if Jesus were to come now I would not be prepared. I often make the mistake of thinking that death cannot come to me now. Reading this call from Jesus, reminds me that anybody can be called to God at any time. He says “at an hour you do not expect, the son of man will come.” And I ask myself what will happen if I am called now. I see the imperative of being ready.

RESOLUTION

I resolve today to try on a daily basis to be prepared to travel to my creator if he happens to call me to come at any time.

WORD OF LIFE

My word of life is prepared. I will prepare myself today and everyday through prayer and reconciliation, for any eventuality. I shall not allow myself to be taken unawares.

PRAYER

Help me O Lord, to be prepared at all times so that if you come at any time, I should find my place in your eternal kingdom.
This is my humble prayer, through Christ our Lord Amen!

In this daily series, we share from scripture. You can join us to share how the chosen text touches you.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The Bible is a master handbook. It contains all the answers. All is to know how to find the answer you need.” (Romilia Quote)

Bible sharing TEXT for today

“Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18: 19 – 20).

Thank you for today’s gospel sharing text.

What has touched me

What has touched me are the words “gathered together”.
These words touch me because I see in them the importance of coming together to pray. Example: Holy Mass, in my Small Christian Community and in my family.
From this, I know that when we pray together, our prayers are powerful and God answers them.

Resolution
I resolve not to miss any opportunity to pray with others. Hence, I will intensify family prayers , praying in my small Christian community and in my Prayer and Action group. I will continue to join others virtually to pray the Angelus. I will try to create other occasions to pray with others.

WORD OF LIFE

My word of life for today is ‘pray’. I will spend this day prayerfully by praying as often as I can.

PRAYER

God our Heavenly Father, I thank you for today’s gospel sharing which has opened my mind more to the importance of praying with fellow Christians.

Thank you for the resolution which you have guided me to take.

I pray that through this daily gospel sharing, you help to fashion me to be holy.

This is my humble prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen!

YOUR TURN TO SHARE

Which word or verse in this text has touched you in a special way?

Explain what it means to you.

What do you resolve to do as a result of what you have learned from this passage?

Which word in this passage will you choose as your word of life for today?

How will you live this word of life?

You may end your sharing with a prayer.

Thanks for sharing and may God bless you!

Time to go to bed

It’s time to go to bed;
What about you?
I don’t know you plans;
But for me,
It’s time to go to bed;
And I don’t regret;
It’s been a great day;
I took some great strides,
And now can boldly say
It’s time for sleep;

For a well merited rest;
One person to whom
To say “Good night”
Is God, our father
Who lives and reigns
In heaven and in earth,
Now, for ever and ever,
Amen!
Thus, I pray,
Almighty God, you made us;
We belong to you,
Bless us as we go to bed;
We make our prayer
Through Christ our Lord,
Amen!

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Our sharing text for today is taken from the Gospel of St. Matthew. Chapter 27:1-9.

Jesus took Peter, John and James and led them up a high mountain. There his appearance was changed before their eyes. Even his clothes shone, becoming as white as no bleach of this world could make them. Elijah and Moses appeared to them; the two were talking with Jesus.

Then Peter spoke and said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say; they were overcome with awe. But a cloud formed, covering them in a shadow, and from the cloud came this word, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him.” And suddenly, as they looked around, they no longer saw anyone except Jesus with them.

As they came down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man be risen from the dead. So they kept this to themselves, although they discussed with one another what ‘to rise from the dead’ could mean.

Sharing questions:

  • Which word, phrase or verse in this passage has touched you most?
  • In what way has it touched you? What does it mean to you?
  • What will you do after getting the message of this line to be a better person?
  • Which word will you choose as your word of life for the day?
  • How do you intend to live this word of life?
  • Can you report on how you lived yesterday’s word of life?
  • Say a short prayer to end the sharing.

My sharing

What has touched me

The words that touch me most are the words “the Beloved, listen to him.”

They touch me because they are coming straight from God. Jesus Christ is God’s ‘Beloved’ and he commands us to listen to him. It is God’s command that we listen to Jesus. If we don’t listen to him, we disobey God.

After getting this message , I will obey this command. I will listen to Jesus. His voice is permanently talking to me in the Gospels. I will listen to him and try to the best of my ability to follow his teaching.

Word of life

My word of life for the day is listen. I will listen to Jesus throughout this day. This means I will spend time reading his thoughts and words and listening. And after listening, I will talk to him in prayer.

This will keep me rooted to Christ and we will be close.

Yesterday, my word of life was ‘kneel”. I effectively knelt before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and talked to him. I felt close and loved and I was happy. I pleaded with Jesus to help me sail successfully through the work in my hands in the days ahead.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for your grace which has made it possible for me to read and reflect on and share your word. Grant me brothers and sisters in this forum the grace to better know, understand and love you.

This is my humble prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen!

Invitation to share

I invite you to share as I have done if you are inspired. If you are not motivated, pray for motivation. Be aware that God answers sincere prayers that you pray in faith.

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Today, our gospel sharing passage is from the Gospel of Mathew. You might have heard it if you went for Mass this morning or prayer service. Let us take time and read it and share how it touches us.

Matthew 15:21-28:

Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. Now a Canaanite woman came from those borders and began to cry out, “Lord, Son of David, have pity on me! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” But Jesus did not answer her, not even a word. So his disciples approached him and said, “Send her away: see how she is shouting after us.”

Then Jesus said to her, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the nation of Israel.”

But the woman was already kneeling before Jesus and said, “Sir, help me!” Jesus answered, “It is not right to take the bread from the children and throw it to the little dogs.” The woman replied, “It is true, sir, but even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus said, “Woman, how great is your faith! Let it be as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.”

Questions to answer:

  1. Which verse in the text touches you in a special way?
  2. What do those words, phrase or verse mean to you?
  3. How do they challenge you?
  4. After reading this passage what will you do learning from the text, to be the type of person God wants you to be.
  5. Which word from the text will you take as your word of life to guide you throughout this day?
  6. Tomorrow, we will like to hear from you how you lived this word of life.

You may conclude your Gospel Sharing with a short prayer that you write out for all of us.

My sharing

The words that touch me are “Sir, help me!”
I feel deeply touched seeing the woman kneeling in front of Jesus and pleading for help. It reminds me of the Blessed Sacrament. I am inspired and challenged to kneel before the Blessed Sacrament daily and ask Jesus to help me. I see that Jesus granted this woman’s desire because she pleaded earnestly and with faith that she would get what she wanted. When I go to Jesus, I will do like her. I will go with full faith.

My word of life

My word of life today is kneel. I will kneel in front of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament today and put any problem I have to him.

Prayer

God, Almighty Father, thank you for the gospel of today and the message that you have given me through it. Guide me to live my word of life so that I can come closer to you.

I make my prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen!

Now, over to you. What do you have to share. Sharing the gospel is loving God.

May I always turn to God!

When I am tired,
Help me to turn to you
O God;
When the going is hard,
Help me to turn to you
O God;
When the night is dark,
Help me to turn to you
O God;
When it is a stormy day,
Help me to turn to you
O God;
When my tears are flowing;
Help me to turn to you
O God;
When the sun stops to shine,
Help me to turn to you,
O God;
When its laughter time;
Help me to turn to you
O God;
When its time to celebrate;
Help me to turn to you
O God;
When things are better,
Help me to turn to you
O God;
When things are worse,
Help me to turn to you
O God.
For everything
Whether good or bad,
Help me to turn to you.
I want to always turn to God;
May I always turn to God!

A Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer. The United States Congress asks people “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” Though praying should be an everyday occurrence in our homes, on this day, many faiths will take part in the annual event. Rev. Billy Graham initiated this day in 1952, so please join me in prayer.

Dear Lord,

Our Father in Heaven, we come together in humility, asking you to bring salvation to all those who are in prayer today.

Please guide our clergy, missionaries, and others blessed to spread Your Word. Comfort the souls with broken spirits and cast out the germs that try to infiltrate their hearts. Many walk our land with little or no faith, and they desperately need led to Your spiritual being before leaving this life.

Lord, lead us to the still waters and green ferns during this tumultuous time of upheavals around the world. We pray for the safety, and immeasurable responsibilities of our leader, President Donald Trump. Father, please endow him with Your wisdom and comforting arms. Speak to all the members of our congress and other political positions. Guide them to make better decisions based on the country’s needs and not their own. Help America to once again come together in unity.

Many families have suffered job losses and deaths because of COVID-19. Lord bless them with Your peace and reassure their souls. Keep us healthy and shield us from harm, Lord.

We pray, Father, for the churches in America to unify under Jesus Christ’s name. Help us see all religions in the cross’s light. We pray to be more humble, gentle, and patient with one another. Bless us, Lord, with the unity of the Holy Spirit through the bond of peace.

Lord, please be our shepherd! Jesus Christ is the Only Savior, and our only hope in this world.

Amen

An Eternal Flame

I wake in deep thought… dear God, save me as my life is riddled with missing parts. An eternal flame burns for my father whose life was cut short, fifty-five years ago today, by carelessness. Though I am a product of divorced parents, no one can take the place of your biological Father.

I think of all those special moments in life I wasn’t afforded the luxury of my father. We couldn’t build a model together, fly a kite, or throw a ball. He couldn’t teach me to hunt or fish. He never taught me to drive, yet it I became the chauffeur to his own loving mom and dad. My dad never experienced my graduation day, though I pray he looked down upon me from heaven. He didn’t meet my important first date. Late at night, I cried myself to sleep for the many times I missed his love.

The void I tried to fill was grander than a canyon. Nothing can fill the shoes left behind of my six-foot-two, father. This morning, an eternal flame still burns inside me, and I memorialize the father, I did without, in my entire life.

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Seeking God, I know it is He that connects the bridges of all the days of our lives. My time on earth is limited, too, as I look at my own son and ask God to watch over him. Someday, maybe, he will understand the meaning of picking up the phone and giving his dad a ring. Our moments are too short to waste on regrets.

I listen to the busy world as it is getting underway, but I feel the warmth from the Son shining down from heaven. It is God who has saved me in all my lonely days. Many children grow up in a happy home, and I, too, wish I could claim the same.

The sun is now covered by a swirling storm system. Still, an eternal flame for my father will forever endure whatever weather arrives today. I pray God grants me the moment I can stand by my Father again someday. I’ll give him a hug, he so richly deserves, for making me the son I became in his honor.

It was once said, “You can’t miss something you never had.” I strongly disagree! You can’t imagine what it’s like to walk a mile carrying your own father’s shoes. Yet here I am… throughout my life, without him here, beside me.

“God, my Father, I so pray Your holy hands will guide me all the rest of my weary days alone. Never lead me astray. I pray that not another child will experience the pain I’ve suffered and endured by the loss of my Father. Lord, let me be an example of Your love to other children who has had a parent pass to be with You. Hear my thoughts, on this day of memorial, and tell my father I said hello.”

I love you, Pop. May you rest in peace till the day we will walk in God’s light together.