OCTOBER DEVOTION – DAY – 01 – THE HOLY ROSARY – PRAYER FOR OUR COUNTRY AND LEADERS
What is prayer for you? A relationship with God? A way of life? Or a means to get whatever you want? If prayer is a relationship with God and a way of life, then the following longing of St. Paul will be true and necessary to quickly fix in our spiritual life: “I urge then, first of all that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving should be offered for everyone, for kings and others in authority, so that we may be able to live peaceful and quiet lives with all devotion and propriety. To do this is right, and acceptable to God our Saviour” (1Tim.2:1-3).
As it is now, many of us have stopped praying for our country Nigeria and her leaders. This kind of prayer less attitude will never help us. Instead of struggling our way out of the mess we have all collectively found ourselves in, we may continue to wallow in poverty at all fronts of life. God forbid! Now is the right time to redefine our prayer life and to erase all forms of bitterness against our country and her leaders but to trust more in God and the prayers of the Saints. A prayer par excellence to God and from the Queen and Mistress of the Saints is the Holy Rosary. This month is special in many ways. First, the Holy Catholic Church has universally recognised and encouraged the Rosary Devotion to Mary. Secondly, it is the month of our independence celebration. Please let us pick up are Rosary and pray specifically for the renewal and transformation of our country and her leaders. Leaders here are religious, political, civil, familial, and all who hold one or more offices that directly or indirectly affects our nation and her identity. Last year the Catholic Bishops’ Conference after their meeting recommended: “Our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated the power of prayer during his earthly life. He prayed incessantly, especially, at very decisive and significant moment of his life. Following in his footsteps, we direct that our Church at various levels, parishes and families, intensify the daily recitation of the Holy Rosary and practice other forms of devotion to save our country.”
Don’t forget “Prayer is not about changing God, but being willing to let God change us” Richard Rohr
Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.