Fr. Sanctus Mario
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The Voice of Prayer is Never Silent. Thursday Week 1 in Ordinary Time


Breakfast with the Word Thursday Week 1 in Ordinary Time of the Year


Mark 1:40–45


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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.



  1. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen.. May He give us the grace and patience to always wait on Him🙏

  2. Adesanya Ayodeji Mary says


  3. Onukwugha Florence says

    Thank you Jesus because I know you always answered Prayers…Father,may God reward you abundantly in Jesus name Amen…



  5. Margaretmary Azegbeobor says

    The voice of prayer is never silent indeed. May God answer all our prayers in Jesus name according to His will.

  6. Ugwu Grace Ngozi says

    Amem, remain blessed Fr. More grace.

  7. Ibeawuchi Ugochi says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  8. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Thank you Father.

  9. Nonye Maduka says


  10. Emmanuel Chimezie Chidoka says

    Amen, thank you Padre.

  11. Helen says

    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 🙏🙏

  12. Regina Mobu says

    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.

  13. Angela Madu says

    Amen and Amen

  14. Olomu Chinedu says

    May His will be done. Amen

  15. Igwe Lilian says


  16. Adeline Chidimma says

    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.

  17. Ada Ndubuisi says

    Amen. 🙏 I believe in you mercy Lord.

  18. Adichie Chizoba says

    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

  19. Otokpa Elijah says

    Amen, may my prayers never go unanswered and may my faith in You be always strong

  20. Anyiam Cornelia says


  21. Joy Chidiogo Ikeoha says

    Amen. God if it is pleasing to you, please cure my sister of her illness. In Jesus name. Amen.

  22. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

    Amen …. May my prayer voice never be silent… Amen

  23. Okeke Chioma Agatha says



    May God always here our prayer when we seem all hope is lost. Amen

  25. Kaycee Omeke says

    Thank you Fr.

  26. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn

  27. Ifeoma Ugwueze says


  28. Blessing Chilo says

    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

  29. Precious says

    If it be your will Lord, hear us.

  30. Amara Beluonwu says

    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!

  31. Chisom Egwudike says


  32. Munachimso onuoha says

    Amen oooo
    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

  34. Stella Ekwemalor says

    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

  35. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre
    O Lord hear and answer our prayers as we have faith and trust in you 🙏

  36. Blessing Iortsugh says

    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.



  38. Anusi chiamaka says

    Thanks alot Padre
    This goes a long way in my soul

  39. Ogechi Anugwom says


  40. Chibuzor says

    Jesus if it is ur wil, pls grant my husband a ND I a good job Amen

  41. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Lord Jesus thank you for assuring me that my prayers in your presence is never in vain. I am indeed very grateful,

  42. Michael Jones says

    Amen.thanks father.

  43. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

    Lord, in your mercy hear my prayer. Amen.

  44. Mbama Christiana says

    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.

  45. Chisom Catherine says


  46. Kubiat says


  47. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    I need your strength Lord Jesus Christ to keep going. Help me Lord.

  48. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    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!

  49. Thres Rock says


  50. Ofoma Onyedikachi says


  51. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr.

  52. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen, Lord may you continue to answer our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord amen 🙏

  53. Juliet says


  54. tony chukwudozie says

    And l prayer let the voice of prayer never be silence in life in Jeses Amen and amen

  55. Nwabueze chioma says


    Thanks fr for this wonderful word

  56. Ani Chinonyelum Emmanuella says

    Amen, thanks Padre

  57. Henry says




    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.

  59. James Mailoushi says

    Amen, thank you Fr.

  60. Anujue Ifeanyichukwu Godwin says


  61. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen. Thanks father

  62. Christian says

    🙏 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.

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