Pray First

Every decision or choice in our lives must always be preceded by a moment of prayer. In prayer, our choices and decisions become clearer to us. Jesus has always given us an example. In Mark 3:13-19, before he chose the twelve, he chose to pray. In the same way, before we choose to do anything we must chose to pray first.

13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have authority to drive out demons. 16 These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), 17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Mark 3:13-19 (New International Version – NIV)

Jesus called and sent the twelve to preach and with power to cast out devils. The power of evil is to lure us to take revenge. David had done no wrong to Saul yet Saul hunted him and wanted to kill him even. Often we think that by taking revenge for something wrong done to us, we are settling scores and then all will fair and square.

But in 1 Sam 24:3-21, David was able to forgive Saul in order not to be dragged into the wickedness that Saul had inflicted upon him.

My dear one, regardless of the evil and wickedness done us and the pain and hurt that comes with it, remember, the power of forgiveness will always heal the pain and hurt of the wrong done to us.

May God direct our hearts to a life of prayer and may he help us forgive those who have wronged us in any way.

Peace and Joy

Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey

Prayer (Pray First)

Lord, our actions, our thoughts, our plans, we commit to You. Direct our hearts to a life of prayer and teach us to forgive those who have wronged us. Amen

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