40 DAYS JOURNEY WITH THE LORD.
Moderated by Fr Justin Nzekwe
DAILY CHALLENGE: Pray, Pray, Pray
DAILY THEME: It is not over.
THINK ABOUT THIS: Child of God, why are you giving up at this point? Is it because sympathizers around you are already saying sorry to you as though all hope is lost? Is it because things have gotten soo bad that there seems to be no hope again. Mary and Martha in the city of Bethany once thought that after burying Lazarus their only brother in the grave for four days, that all hope is lost in spite of their friendship with Jesus.
Do you think your marital life, business, family, education, job, life goals and whatever your value so much has gone to the stage of hopeless? Trust me this moment, for with Jesus they are not. Tell Jesus what Martha had told him with faith, “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God” (Jn. 11:27).
Kneel and direct Jesus to your problem right away and he will weep with empathy because of you. He will call the attention of His Father. You will hear His voice in that situation of your life, “Lazarus (Add your name), come out!
Bible Reading – John 11:17-44
On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethanywas less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked.
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Jesus, once more deeply moved,came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,”he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said,“Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here,that they may believe that you sent me.”
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
PRAY WITH ME
Lord, thank you for answering me even before I pray. For the sake of your name, answer me that the world may know that you are my God. For with you there is no impossibility, no time that is too late before you, no situation is hopeless. I therefore ask for your intervention upon my life.
I want to (Name the intention). Father only say your Word and my life will change for good. Tell me to “come out” from this problem that troubles me. Do this and receive all my glory and honour forever.
Let your Holy Spirit also accompany me to make this journey faithfully to the end, so that it may bear fruit in my life. Amen.
(Say this prayer as many times as you can, today)
>Psalm 23:6 (3X)
>Psalm 118:17 (3X)
TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE: More closer to Jesus; read your bible and pray more.
***If you are interested in this spiritual journey, please let me know. Ask questions, tell me your challenges through your comments and never give up should you miss any day. God bless you. ***
***You may decide to accompany this journey with shorter fast, or by avoiding bad habits. And then daily Rosary****