1 Maccabees, Chapter 3, Verse 30
He feared that, as had happened once or twice, he would not have enough for his expenses and for the gifts that he was accustomed to give with a lavish hand—more so than all previous kings.
This was the fear of a powerful King; that he would run out of money for bribery. When you have no just cause nor are loved by men this is the only power you can rely on; for such types they have long abandoned the faith in He that Is. I wonder if this was the fear of the Clintons leaving the White House dead broke before the establishment of the Clinton Foundation.
The Reaction of King Antiochus
· Angry at defeat he seeks vengeance.
· He needs a great army.
· He needs a pile of cash.
· He however is short of cash because of mismanagement and foolish policies.
· He needs to squeeze the middle class in Persia for cash.
· Going to Persia himself to get the shekels he needs he leaves his second in charge Lysias with orders to destroy Jerusalem.
· Yet, Judas Maccabee does not falter. His primary reliance is upon prayer to God.
Three Prayers of a Warrior
1. The first prayer of a warrior is to the Holy Spirit. He responds directly to us. A warrior knows to ask for His help for a warrior to be successful must be filled not with the spirit of vengeance or anger but with peace and resolve to finish the fight. In prayer we can find our way out of every situation that has no exit. The Madonna of Medjugorje has said, “Satan cannot defeat you, not even a little, because you are God’s children and He is watching over you. Pray and let the rosary always be in your hands as a sign to Satan that you belong to me. She further instructs, “Open your hearts to the Holy Spirit. Especially during these days...surrender your hearts and surrender your life to Jesus. The most important thing is to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit. The weapons and shields, the equipment of battle, all lay in prayer, and prayer to the Holy Spirit is the first prayer of the prayer-warrior. “Begin by calling on the Holy Spirit each day” says Mary of Medjugorje.
2. The second prayer of the warrior is the prayer of deliverance.
Purge us all, oh Holy Spirit. Lead us to the proper way of deliverance, in obedience always to the Church. Guide us every inch of the way. Send us new battalions of angels. Send us the great Archangel Michael, and Saint Francis of Assisi, and the dragonslayer, Saint George. Deliver us from the energies that jump at us from social evils too numerous to name. Come, oh Lord Jesus, and break all bondage. Break the bondages of anger, sloth, addiction, pride, envy, promiscuity, gluttony, lust, resentment, un-forgiveness, hatred, false prophecy, and the occult. Free us from ungodliness of all kinds. Purge us of any demons we may have picked up. Let us not be deceived, oh Lord! Free us too, of any demonic forces that have come through the family tree. Free us of oppression, depression, discouragement, and every mental torment.
3. The third prayer of a warrior is the prayer for spiritual wisdom.
Lord Jesus, as the strongest Man, please bind all spirits that come against us. Please open our spiritual eyes. Please set us forth to understand what we should understand. Please grant us proper spiritual wisdom. Teach us to be wise. Teach us how sin attracts demons, or is inspired by evil to begin with. Grant that we carry forth our Christian duty without undue curiosity. Teach us that the more we sin, the harder and colder we get, the greater is our bondage.
The construction of tall buildings has become so commonplace in cities around the globe that the general public gives little thought to the visionaries responsible for creating a city’s unique skyline. Skyscraper day provides the opportunity to learn more about the architects who commit a dream to paper and the construction crews that make it reality. Whoever it was that first considered placing dwellings on top of each other instead of side-by-side would be astounded at how modern buildings literally seem to touch the sky. What they may also find interesting is the status that is often attached to living or working at the highest level. Although this analogy is obvious there is another to be drawn from the consequences of a power failure. These are just a few aspects to ponder on a day that is set aside to reflect on man’s apparent conquest of upper space.
Nature and function of the Angels
Angels are often represented in art as having wings which attest to their ability to transcend time and space. In fact, angel’s true nature is in reality more like that of a mirror reflecting the infinite perfections of the Triune God. Just like men no two angels are alike. No two men, no two women are identical. Yet, with angels the difference between them is vast and complete and every species of angel is incredibly lovely, and they are perfect having no shadows of imperfection or defect. It is of paramount importance for us to realize and ask these holy beings to assist us in our pursuit of happiness for they wish in every way to share with us God’s love. Their generosity knows no bounds and to receive their assistance we have only to ask. Unfortunately, we limit their efforts for our welfare and constantly impede them by our sins and imperfections. Yet they love men even as imperfect as they are because of the love of God that flows through them. It is an indescribable delight for them when they are certain that the merits of the redemption through the Divine Blood of Christ will not be lost on the souls committed to their care.
35 Promises of God cont.
“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”
· Battle for the Soul of America-Day 18
The Collegeville Bible Commentary, 1986.
Michael H. Brown, Prayer of the Warrior.
 St. Michael and the Angels, Tan Books, 1983.
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