Supplications, Prayers, Petitions & Thanksgivings


Recently, I have been adding more time for prayer. I have had a prayer routine for a very long time, which I continue daily, but I was listening to a morning radio program that gave me an idea of how to increase my prayers, supplications, petitions and thanksgivings for people in my life. Starting at 6:15pm every night, I have my alarm set for prayer time for my wife. From that point, every half hour until 9:45pm, I have my alarm set for family, friends, church, social media friends, etc. I find it such a blessing to take just a short time to think about others and to ask God’s blessings upon them.

Saint Paul, in today’s second reading from 1 Timothy 2:1-8, asks that … supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity.” He tells us “this is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills that everyone be saved and come to the knowledge of truth.”

How awesome it would be that any of our prayers would help, by the grace of God, to bring others and ourselves into the light of truth. I conclude today with a prayer of thanksgiving for my mother, who was born on September 18 (Happy Birthday Mom!) and passed away in 1998. She was a most beautiful and loving mother who sacrificed much for me. Eternal Father, through the mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus, please bring my mom, Florence Burke, into the light of eternal life. Amen.

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Mike Burke; Sunday, September 18, 2016
Supplications, Prayers, Petitions & Thanksgivings

7 thoughts on “Supplications, Prayers, Petitions & Thanksgivings

  1. As you may know, my life has not been easy…and it is not getting easier. For 61 years, I have looked to others for support and a sort of confirmation that I had it rough. No one ever responded to my lamentations the way I expected or wanted…no one human, anyway. Over this past year, my brother came close; he saw my efforts and was ready and quick to comment on how I have tried to do the right things but have not received back what one would expect.

    Recently, I returned to a long-held but on again off again practice many people know as writing the Morning Pages…starting the day by writing out your thoughts…preferably 3 pages hand written to get the junk out of the head and on to the paper, clear the mind, and start the day. I have changed the practice a bit, though. Rather than starting with writing the day’s date with the title “The Morning Pages,” I now put down the day’s date and start with “Good Morning, God…” and proceed with something like, “Thank You and I’m sorry…” For an hour or so each morning, I sit with my coffee, write, reflect, and ‘discuss it all’ with God.

    Used to be, I never understood what people meant by comments like, “If I don’t spend some time in prayer every morning, I can’t seem to be able to get out in front of my day.” I now know exactly what that means…and heartily and gratefully agree.

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