Breakfast with the Word Thursday Week 1 in Ordinary Time of the Year
Mark 1 :40–45
In my seminary days, one of my favourite hymns is “The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended” written by John Ellerton, which we normally sing before night prayers. One of the most beautiful parts of the song is where he writes
“The voice of prayer is never silent, Nor dies the strain of praise away”.
What he means in essence is that our prayers and praises to God are not and can never be in vain.
The voice of prayer is never silent means that every sincere meeting or encounter we do have with God is not a waste of time.
I just fell in love with that verse that I always pray the choirmaster intones this song every night prayers. Let us take time to meditate deeply on this.
The writer of this song must be writing out of an experience. Who knows how many years He has asked God for something, and God answers at an unexpected time.
Or who knows how his close encounter with God changed His life. Sincerely, the voice of prayer is never silent.
The voice of prayer is never silent, because the Person we pray to, is so loving and willing to save.
The voice of prayer is never silent because the person we pray to is always longing that we come back and have a relationship with Him. He is ever merciful.
So, the voice of prayer can never be silent, because He is not deaf nor wicked.
Secondly, when we go through the scriptures, we would hardly find any person who meets Jesus and begs for healing, food, deliverance etc and Jesus refuses.
Jesus saves the wedding guests at Cana, even when His hour has not yet come.
He is omnibenevolent and super loving. Even to the point that Jesus immediately assures eternal bliss to the repentant thief on the cross when he requested for that.
This grand nature of Jesus is really what the Leper encounters today in the gospel.
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The Loving Nature of Jesus.
In the gospel, A leper comes to Jesus, kneels before Him and begs Him “Sir If you are willing please heal me” Then, feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretches out his hands and touches him.
Then Jesus replies ‘Of course, I want to!’ receive your healing” And that leprosy leaves him at once and he was cured.
Jesus immediately sends him away and sternly ordered him to say nothing to anyone, but to go and show himself to the priest, and make the offering for his healing which was prescribed by Moses as evidence of his recovery.’
The man goes away, but he could not withhold his joy. He tells the story everywhere so that Jesus could no longer go openly into any town, despite that, people from all around still come to Jesus.
The Prayer of the Leper.
The prayer of the leper is very simple. His prayer to Jesus is “if you are willing, please cleanse me”. Of course, Jesus would not say no.
The leper is someone castigated and discriminated against, yet Jesus hears Him.
His prayer was very simple, yet Jesus listens. The leper did not shout like we do today during prayers, yet Jesus is never silent to Him.
The implication of this encounter is very simple: being in the presence of God is never in vain. So, let us always understand that the voice of prayer is never silent.
Therefore, never take the time we spend in God’s presence as a waste of time. Truly God does not keep quiet. The voice of prayer is never silent.
Whenever people come to His presence for healing, Jesus would always give a yes answer.
This is an indication of who Jesus is.
When we take time to study the nature of our God, our decision should be “despite whatever that comes against me, I will always believe in my God”.
When We go to the Lord’s Presence.
Beloved, whenever we go to the presence of Jesus, do not think He is keeping quiet.
We have to understand that He cannot but love and save.
We know Jesus can never send that leper away just like that. Let us not have this belief that God hates us and does not want to answer our prayer. Sometimes what affects us is our faith in God.
Sometimes we already go in the presence of God with an already defeated mind. Instead of believing we are meeting a loving God, we believe we are meeting God who is so heart hardened to listen to us.
Instead of going to God with full assurance that we are meeting a loving Father, we go to Him with a “let me try God mentality”.
God is not a machine to be tried. He is our Father, and we have to treat Him like one.
Sometimes, the problem is that we only remember God when other approaches have failed. It should not be so. God should be the first.
We Do not force God.
When we critically evaluate the leper’s model of prayers this morning, we can observe three things;
1. He already has faith that Jesus is a healer, otherwise, He would not have met Him in the first place.
2. He was not shouting at God nor using force to pressure God to answer.
3. His prayer was simple. Therefore, A simple prayer with a higher magnitude of faith is more powerful than a long prayer without any atom of faith. Faith is the oil.
We do not force God during prayers to obey us. God acts out of His will. Our shouting and jumping up and down should not be seen as a way we pressurise God. God is not a machine or Atm. He is a Father.
Our function is to pray, and then Jesus acts according to His will. Therefore, however, He chooses to answer is good and for a reason.
To understand this is to have peace of mind even when the heavens seem to be silent.
We can pray as the spirit directs but let us not think that there is a way you would shout on God and because of that, He would obey. We do not command God at prayers.
The true point is that God always answers prayers. He may answer “yes” or “wait”. He may answer “no” if the request is not according to His will.
Let us not go to the presence of God, already thinking that God is dead, nor that God is a figment of human imagination to give people hope. Let us quit seeing God as a heart-hardened Father. He is not.
The truth is that He hears, and He answers. The Voice of Prayer is Never Silent. Let us not mute this voice, despite anything that comes our way.
May God answer our prayers beloved even when we think all hope is lost. Amen.
Amen.. May He give us the grace and patience to always wait on Him🙏
Amen and Amen!
Amen thanks Padre God bless you 🙏
God give me the Grace to remain patience in your Presence, even when I think that all hope have Lost. Also,Forgive me Lord in any way I have asked wronging.
More Grace Father…
GOD I KNOW THAT YOU WILL ANSWER ME , I CAN NEVER REMAIN A BARREN WOMAN AND THE VOICE OF MY PRAYER CAN’T BE SILENT. LORD JESUS MAY OUR PRAYERS BE HEARD AND ALL OUR SECRET PRAYERS BE ANSWERED AMEN
May God make us understand His ways nd our relationship Him even closer, in Jesus name Amen
Thank you Jesus because I know you always answered Prayers…Father,may God reward you abundantly in Jesus name Amen…
The voice of prayer is never silent indeed. May God answer all our prayers in Jesus name according to His will.
Amem, remain blessed Fr. More grace.
Amen. Thank you Father.
Amen, thank you Padre.
Hear and heal us Lord of all our infirmities and unbelief 🙏
Thank you Padre. May God continue to bless you and the desires of your heart 🙏🙏
Amen! I pray for the grace to continue being in the presence of God, I have been weak these days. Father thank you for this encouragement.
Amen and Amen
May His will be done. Amen
Amen and Amen. God please touch those in charge of paying us salary in UNTH to pay us our June 2021 salary and shift allowances from February to December 2021, Father I will remind indeed grateful to you Amen.
Amen. 🙏 I believe in you mercy Lord.
A simple prayer with higher magnitude of faith is far better than a long prayer with no faith. Thank you father for such inspiring words
Amen, may my prayers never go unanswered and may my faith in You be always strong
Amen. God if it is pleasing to you, please cure my sister of her illness. In Jesus name. Amen.
Amen …. May my prayer voice never be silent… Amen
May God always here our prayer when we seem all hope is lost. Amen
Thank you Fr.
Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn
For the life and beautiful family you have given me is enough reasons for my voice if prayers to never be silent. I know the God I serve, you will do more when the time is right. Give me the grace to come to you every day of my life in prayers and Thanksgiving through christ our Lord Amen
If it be your will Lord, hear us.
Amen!!! Lord grant me a stranger faith to serve you and to believe in you. May nothing that comes to me shake the faith I have in you Amen!
Lord please increase my faith in you in Jesus name amen
May God answer our prayer requests and say yes each time we cry to him. Amen
Thank you Padre
You have once again refresh my hope in God and I Know that no matter how long it may take,God in his infinite mercy and compansion will answer my prayers in accordance with his will Amen
Remain blessed Father
Amen thanks Padre
O Lord hear and answer our prayers as we have faith and trust in you 🙏
Amen and Amen, Eli said this to Hannah and it worked for her, so I claim your decrees over my prayers this morning in Jesus name amen.
Thanks alot Padre
This goes a long way in my soul
Jesus if it is ur wil, pls grant my husband a ND I a good job Amen
Lord Jesus thank you for assuring me that my prayers in your presence is never in vain. I am indeed very grateful,
Lord, in your mercy hear my prayer. Amen.
Amen and Amen. Thank You Jesus for everything You do even when we come to You with doubtful minds, you don’t forsake us, You always shower us with abundant love and mercy. Thank You Jesus.
I need your strength Lord Jesus Christ to keep going. Help me Lord.
Aaaameeen! Please, Lord, may all my encounters with You never be in vain! Grant that I may never lose faith an trust, IJMN! Daalu, Fada m!
Amen, Lord may you continue to answer our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord amen 🙏
And l prayer let the voice of prayer never be silence in life in Jeses Amen and amen
Thanks fr for this wonderful word
Amen, thanks Padre
May the Holy Spirit help us to stop approaching God with the already-defeated mentality but to always Him with faith. Amen.
May God bless you Father for this inspiring reflection.
Amen, thank you Fr.
Amen. Thanks father
🙏 amen we are praying for Faith that we may know the way of God because the way of God is not the way of Man, so that the good Lord will Grant us all our heart desires in amen.
Amen and Amen.
Amen. Thank you so much fr for your encouragement and food for thought. Our relationship with God matters a lot cos you can’t know someone from afar so the closer we are to God, the more we understand him. Faith is the oil.
God bless and strengthen you more
Answer us, Lord 🙏🙏
Amen, and bless you too father
Amen in Jesus name. Amen
Amen, remain blessed Fr., good day
Thank you Lord for your word to me
Thank you Father, this spoke directly to me. God bless you
May his words continue to straighten us, thanks my padre
You are my loving father bc I see evidences your love all around me and my family daily. All I ask is the Grace to keep dwelling in your presence all the days that I may live Amen
ohh Lord increase my faith in you in Jesus name amen 🙏
Amen Amen Amen. Good day Fr
The grace to believe and have faith in God always, in good and in bad times I ask of you my God and saviour.
God is too faithful to disappoint his people.
Amen,may God help us and give us grace to have patience to God to do his own will in any of our challenges and set us free.
Amen. May God give us the grace to be patient and wait for his own time always.
Lord give me the grace to never give up. Amen
Amen. Thank you Fr.
Thank you JESUS because you’re always answering my prayer
I believe Lord, help my unbelief in Jesus name. Amen
Amen🙏 More grace to you, fr
Amen.ooooo. we pray for grace to wait on Him.
(O,’Lord if you are willing you can heal me of SLE, amen.)
Amen Padre and God’s Divine wisdom and strength.