May 16 Daily Prayer & Update

Today’s Prayer – May 16

by Fr. Pete Literal, Pastor

Abba, Father in heaven, Loving and Comforting God, we praise You and thank You for reminding us of the trials and challenges that we will face in following You. We thank You for comforting us with Jesus’ words, “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.” While You assure us that You will be with us at all times, we recognize that loving You remains not an easy thing to do, especially when things are not going according to our ways or within our control, like this pandemic.

Yet, we thank You for pouring down Your continuous blessing of love. We believe it is Your grace that strengthens our hearts to remain persistent, even if Your call is not easy. Your divine call does not look like coming on over for a vacation with You. Achieving faithfully what You want us to do is more difficult than it appears. So, please continue to grant us faith-filled courage to proclaim the saving message of Jesus during this period of life when the situation of our world is under siege by fear and uncertainty.

Dear Father, be with us, during this time of pandemic or danger, as we commit to respond to Your calling with trust. Many of us have not yet understood the heavy requirement that it entails. What awaits us is a world that does not fully understand You. We hope and pray that our love for You and the attention we give to You in building Your presence in our homes, workplaces, or anywhere You send us, will make our world understand You.

Like the help You gifted Paul with, help us to remain faithful, “to be in the world, but not of the world.” With Jesus, our faith is strong and confident with the belief that we will experience successes as well as failures in the efforts of loving You. Accepting that loving You is not easy, please shape our wills to be persistent to grow in faith and love, and increase our lives in virtue of hope, especially during this time of pandemic. It is Jesus who has chosen us out of this world, and it is to Him we shall go and belong.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Amen.

Pray the Sacred Scripture and be transformed in spirit and truth.

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