Glory of God Prayer Group, St. Cecilia Parish, Wa Diocese, Ghana - Let Your Light Shine

Saint of the Day

True wisdom

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. Socrates

Belief in Christianity

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. C. S. Lewis

Necessary to possible to impossible

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Francis of Assisi

Pride of a false knowledge

Don't be proud of a false knowledge that there is no God when you are not God.   Felix Dordaa Mahama

People of worth

Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live. Socrates

Forgive those who hurt you

One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him. Socrates

Man lives as to make happiness impossibl…

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. Saint Augustine

Nonsense questions

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. C. S. Lewis

Believe that you may understand

Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. Saint Augustine

Forsaken by sin

To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it. Saint Augustine

It is in giving that we receive

For it is in giving that we receive. Francis of Assisi

We do it to God

There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible. Mother Teresa

The gift of overcoming self

Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self. Francis of Assisi

Have peace fully in your heart

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. Francis of Assisi

Two kinds of people

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way.' C. S. Lewis

Beginning of peace

Peace begins with a smile. Mother Teresa

Perfect moderation

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. Saint Augustine

Seek to love, not to be loved

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. Francis of Assisi

Suffering of God's son

God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering. Saint Augustine

meet with a smile

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. Mother Teresa

Lord Jesus I need your presence in my life. Your presence is so sweet because you are a sweet Lord. When I rose from bed this morning, I felt so lonely, I felt so fearful because of all the difficulties I faced yesterday. I felt so uncertain about what was going to happen today.

Review of previous day's events

Early in the morning

Ok, Lord, let’s review some of the things that happened yesterday. When I woke up in the morning, my children came to me for school fees. I gave a sigh because my pocket was running dry, but I had to give it anyway. When I was about to take my children to school I noticed that the fuel tank of my car was almost empty. Another sigh, but I bought the fuel anyway. After I took my children to school and came back, my wife told me that our gas for cooking was exhausted and we needed to refill. This time I just didn’t give a sigh, but I complained, ”Oh Lord! So I have to buy gas too?!!. What a bad morning!. But at that moment, I heard this song coming from my neighbour’s house: Let the rain of your presence fall on me:

Then I remembered how the presence of the Lord could change my life, and so I sang along, and all of a sudden my heart was filled with joy and my worries just disappeared. Lord, that was your presence. It was so sweet, so soothing, I didn’t want to go to work. I just wanted to be in it forever. I started to think how the apostles must have felt that they did not want to come down from the mount of transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-4).

On the way to work

Well, but I had to go to work because you reminded me that working hard, diligently and seriously was one of your desires. With my heart full of joy, in spite of my problems, I left for work. As I was on my way to work something happened. You know all these careless motorbike riders. One of them crossed me and nearly involved me in an accident. I was so furious that I started insulting him in my heart, because by then he had gone. Then I remembered that song, and as I began to sing it again, your presence filled my heart and I smiled and said, “Lord forgive me  for insulting that guy”. Lord, I really felt that you forgave me. What sweetness I felt in your presence.

At the work place

You took me safely to the work place but the problems continued. Lord you remember I asked you a question why it is that problems in my life never come to an end. I was really upset. I know a few of the possible reasons why my problems are never-ending but I just don’t know which of them, and whether it is even in the list. Well, Lord I don’t expect you to answer that question, but I trust you. I know that whatever you are doing is for my good as you said through the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 29:11).

What happened and I was so upset? My boss just gave his secretary the day off to attend a friend’s birthday party, and added all her work to mine. How can I finish all this work? It looks like there is something going on between my boss and his secretary, and it appears my boss doesn’t like me much. Now you understand why I was so upset.

I heard a little voice speaking to me (that was you Lord, I knew it), “I Love you.” I knew it was you because the voice was so sweet and so soothing. Then I remembered that song again and said, “Lord fill me with your presence” and began to sing the song. What peace and calm did I not feel in my heart? Aaahhh, your presence!

You know there were other little problems at the work site but I don’t want to say everything now.

On my way back home

When I closed from work and was going back home I said to myself, “I’m now going home to rest.” I thought my problems for the day were finished. How wrong I was.

I normally should get home around 6pm but I got home around 9pm. Lord, you know what happened. But let me remind you in case you have forgotten (you know you have so many people’s problems to solve-this is just my thinking oo…). I had a flat tyre on the way. When it happened I said, “Lord! Again?!!” Now, at the place where the flat tyre occurred there was not mobile phone service, so I couldn’t call anybody. I was lucky to get one passerby to help me fix the problem. You know now armed robbers use all sorts of tricks to rob people, so no one was willing to risk helping me. Lord, let me tell you the truth, I was actually angry with you so I did not invite your presence into my life, and I remained angry and upset till I got home.

Back at home

You think that was the last problem for the day? You are mistaken. Because I delayed so much but didn’t call my wife she was very angry with me. She even started suspecting that I was seeing another woman (you know she is the very sensitive and fragile type). That started a quarrel between us. That song came back to my head and I started singing. My wife who was shouting at me calmed down and eventually joined me in singing the song. After singing the song she told me she was sorry for being so harsh on me.

Lord, you know when the car broke down I never asked for your presence. Lord, I’m sorry for being angry with you. I punished myself because I didn’t experience your presence at that moment. At that moment I thought the man who helped me fix the car was just a matter of luck, but now I realize that it was you who sent him. Thank you, Lord (I never thanked you for it).

After my wife apologized, I felt that peace, that sweetness again.

Grand finale

Lord this is the reason why when I woke up this morning I felt afraid. But that song…? It is good that it keeps 'haunting' me. I started singing it while asking you to fill my heart with your presence. Then I began to lose the fear. The fear began being replaced by a sense of confidence, a sense of freedom, a sense of ability, a sense of achievement, a sense of love. Oh Lord!. How empty I felt without your presence!!!

As I was driving to work, I began to wonder how people survive without your presence. They must be awfully lonely!!!

If you want the presence of Jesus in your life, give your life to him.

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Make a prayer of commitment

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Prayer

Lord  Jesus, I thank you for my life; for taking care of me every day. All the times I have failed to acknowledge your care, forgive me Lord. I now thank you for all of them. Lord Jesus, I declare my commitment to you today to ask for your presence in every situation of my life. Lord,  fill me with your presence at this moment, I thank you Lord in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

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