Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

October 17th, 2015
"When they take you before synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say, because when the time comes, the Holy Spirit will teach you what you must say." Luke 12 : 12
St Ignatius

The disciples knew they could never dominate a religious dispute with the well-educated Jewish leaders. Nevertheless, they would not be left unprepared. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would supply the needed words. The testimony of the disciples might not make them look impressive, but it would still point out God’s work in the world through Jesus’ life. We need to pray for opportunities to speak for God, and then to trust Him to help us with the words. The promise of the Spirit’s help, however, does not compensate for lack of preparation.  We need to remember that these disciples had three years of teaching and practical application. We, too, must study God’s word as it comes to us each day – in the events of our lives, our interactions with others our experiences. Then God will bring His truths to mind when we most need them, helping us present them in the most effective way.

Prayer

Lord, help me to be courageous and honest with myself and with others. Amen