Dear Faithful Remnant,
I haven’t quit thinking about ORCatholic or stopped praying for the faithful.
Sitting down to write and post a message has been another matter. My decks are finally cleared of time-consuming obligations blocking our path, and I can focus on the true objects of my affection, you – the lovers of God. The great truth is you are the object of HIS affection. His great unfathomable affection. Every fiber in my body bears witness to this truth as I type.
The great truth is you are the object of HIS affection.
Jesus taught us how to pray. He gave us a prayer to God the Father. He cautioned us not to pray repetitive prayers as the pagans do. He tells us God is aware of us. ( Psalm 139 is a great reminder!)
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
Jesus continued teaching about prayer after giving us the Our Father prayer. Luke records in Chapter 11:5-13, Jesus taught a parable about a man who pestered a friend already in bed for the night because he needed loaves of bread! It was an illustration of the value of perseverance and God’s willingness to give good things to His children:
And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him; and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you? I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence, he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
To Jesus, prayer is direct communication with God. He clearly gives us no intermediary beyond Himself – His death and resurrection sealed our place in God’s plan for salvation history. We are a few days from Christmas. I believe Jesus’ words to God in prayer before he was taken into captivity and crucifixion are vital for the faithful remnant in the Church at this hour. Christmas pageantry is a lovely memory. Jesus’ words are a living reality. Read them carefully. You will find yourself listed in the last paragraph. He covered our generation two thousand years ago:
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He [should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
“I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
On ORCatholic’s Home Page, I share scripture from Revelation that I believe the Lord is applying to today’s Church in Rome.
“Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine,
who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden.
But hold fast what you have till I come.
And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—”
What is a member of God’s faithful remnant Church supposed to do to keep His works? There seems to be quite a list according to Church doctrine. I believe the key is found by paying attention to Jesus’ word on the requirement – I found it In John 6:29 –
Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
Jesus is as alive today as He was when He walked the earth. God sent Him for our salvation. His is one story that will never end! If you keep the works of God, never doubt that you, dear one, are the object of God’s affection.
God bless you always,
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