15th CENTURY GIRLY-MAN
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14-15).
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).
THE POWER OF PRAYER
Never underestimate the power of prayer.
Prayer, especially during telethons, brings in millions of dollars to the coffers of holy men like Pat Robertson.
At the age of only 12, Jean d’Arc led the French army against the evil English dominators to help end the 100 Years War; all through communication with her Maker.
Now to people like Schwarzenegger, Joan of Arc appeared to be merely a girly boy; not even a girly man.
Of course God remained on the side of the French during the Hundred Years War because He knew that the English would turn away from Him a hundred years after it was over; all because of great unholy yearnings in the nether regions of a certain King…
Farmers pray for a fair crop. Sometimes they get carried away—especially the corporate farmers—and pray for stupendous crops.
Grandmamas pray for a good and bountiful feast toward the end of each November and they pray that Aunt Alice will shut her trap long enough for everyone to enjoy the bounty.
Attorneys pray that they will win the hearts and minds of the twelve good Christians chosen to decide a bountiful verdict in class action law suits so that their clients may be reimbursed for harm done them by evil forces and so that their firms may move to larger office buildings with good parking facilities.
Doctors pray that their patients are cured so that their malpractice insurance premiums do not increase during the current fiscal year.
Politicians pray that old video tapes of them expressing rapture do not show up on Youtube.
Poker players will pray that another ace does not appear on the river so that their flush will hold up in the end and they can take everybody else’s chips.
Children will be praying that they will soon receive a lot of candy during the extortion scheme we refer to as Halloween.
Sometimes prayers are not answered. Or they are answered in ways we do not understand which is why it is difficult to properly document prayer success as it were.
God works in mysterious ways indeed!!!
Bishop Sheen told me that despair comes from the Greek/Latin phrase: Des Paro. To be parted from the Lord.
Ever so often my faith in the Lord is strengthened and I am no longer in despair.
This happens when I come across news items such as this:
Glenn Beck announced Friday that he will be absent from his show for two days next week due to medical problems in his hands and feet. He said that doctors have told him that there may be "small fiber" issues involved, but that two days of tests are needed to figure out what exactly is going on.
Speaking on his radio show, Beck also said that he thinks part of his medical problems may stem from "spiritual wounds" due to his soul being injured:
"There's a physical reason, but I believe physical, mental and spiritual are all tied...you can't injure the soul of someone and not have physical wounds appear eventually...a lot of physical things, a lot of mental things are from spiritual wounds and vice versa.
So it looks like some of my prayers are being answered.
And I look to all of you out there in the virtual world and ask that you join your virtual hands with me and pray:
Dear Lord, deliver each and every one of us from the grasp of Satan and his minions who control talk radio.
We ask that you strike down these fulminators of lies and filth with sickness unto death, for as You stated in that holy fable Pulp Fiction:
The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides
By the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.
Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will,
Shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness,
For he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children.
And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger
Those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers.
And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you
PS. Now remember, The Lord helps those who help themselves; so keep your junk away from your phone for chrissakes:
In "Disconnect," Devra Davis, a scientist and National Book Award finalist for "When Smoke Ran Like Water," looks at the connection between cellphones and health problems, with some disturbing results. Recent studies have tied cellphone use to rises in brain damage, cheek cancer and malfunctioning sperm. She reveals the unsettling fact that many new cellphones now come with the small-print warning that they are to be kept at least one-inch from the ear (presumably for safety reasons) and many insurance companies refuse to insure cellphone companies against health-related claims. Most troubling of all, science has shown that children and teenagers are particularly susceptible to cellphone radiation, raising questions about its effects on coming generations.http://www.salon.com/books/nonfiction/index.html?story=/books/feature/2010/10/10/disconnect_cell_phone_interview