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projectblessed Prayer Pledge Day 2

In today’s devotional, Emily Wilson reflects on what it means to be be the “voice in the desert.”

She writes:

“All we can do is witness. All we are called to do is set things up for God to move—to speak love and truth and power and beauty into their lives—through our words and actions—and allow God to cultivate those seeds planted in their minds and hearts in the beautiful way He does.”

Our prayer and intercession for the people who need God in their lives can be voices of grace in their spiritual deserts.

Comment below with your thoughts:

Who can you pray for today? Who needs our prayers? Send up your prayers today for the intentions of all our sisters in this community.

or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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33 Comments

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    Ann-Marie
    January 2, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Got up early for prayer and journaling time. What stuck out to me from the readings was this verse from 1 John 2:28 “And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.” This led me to think about what ‘abiding’ in Him means and the practical ways I can do that today. Seeking Him in the quiet of the morning and the cacophony of the afternoon – lifting my thoughts and prayers to Him throughout the day.

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      Nicole
      January 2, 2016 at 7:15 am

      I, too, started my morning with scripture and prayer! I love how 1 John is full of reminders that God is with us now as He always been – that even though we may turn from Him, we need only to turn back to root ourselves once more in the One who made us and loves us eternally. The word I keep coming back to throughout the day is “remain”. Remain, remain, remain in Him and He will remain in you.

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    Erin
    January 2, 2016 at 7:09 am

    I work in youth ministry and I sooo relate to today’s devotion. It’s frustrating feeling like you poured your heart into a talk or into framing an activity but the kids/teens don’t seem interested. I went to a breakout session with Mark Hart about talking to teens at a conference last year and I think I’ll always remember his number one tip: Remember that you are not those kids’ savior. It takes a lot of pressure off you, that’s for sure. I’m getting ready to hit the road for a series of family nights with my ministry team, so my prayer today is that my team and I can be that voice in the desert for the families we’ll be ministering to.

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      Jenna
      January 3, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      I love that, Erin. He is one of the wisest guys I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. He is so motivating to me. Thank you so much for sharing that with us 🙂

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    Marian
    January 2, 2016 at 7:20 am

    For all those who have nobody to pray for them, including those who seem so prayed-for and put together already that they need nothing, those who are homeless, those who are suicidal, those who can’t apologize because they imagine themselves unable to have any impact, and those who have been abandoned by spouses.

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      Jenna
      January 3, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Beautiful, Marian. I get incredibly sad when I think about those who have been “forgotten.” Praying for them is essential. Thank you for the reminder.

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    Sarah
    January 2, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I prayed this morning and will be joining the community in praying for the intentions listed here today. I’m doing the daily meditations and reflection from Year of Mercy with Pope Francis book. Quick and easy read every morning, but thought provoking.

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    Gloria
    January 2, 2016 at 9:02 am

    I prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet and prayed for those who are weak.

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    Emily
    January 2, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I prayed the Memorare again today in a fit of panic over finances…

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      Jenna
      January 3, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Wow, Emily. Thank you for sharing. I hope you find peace 🙂

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    Hollie
    January 2, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Praying in preparation for confession today! Examining my conscience is always a reminder of God’s infinite grace, without which, my sins would be to heavy to bare.

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      Jenna
      January 3, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      So incredible, Hollie! My sins are too heavy to bare — and His infinite grace is so generous to take it off of my back. Thank you for that reminder.

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    Kim
    January 2, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I am with my husband on the road, heading home after a blessed Christmas vacation. Started with morning prayer from the Liturgy of Hours, then read today’s BIS devotion.

    The idea of being a voice in the wilderness really struck me. My sister has been away from the Church for years…actually from God all together. I stopped talking “religiously” years ago with her. I know I just need to be a good witness and a strong prayer warrior for her.

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      Steph
      January 2, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Being a good witness and strong prayer warrior is hard when it seems like the person you care about most is hiding in the darkness, being stubborn and proud but I will add your sister to my prayer list tonight. That she will one day realize the love that you have for her pales in comparison to the vast love God has for and she will find her way back to where she belongs. But until then, keep praying dear sister. Be that voice in the wilderness.

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        Kim
        January 2, 2016 at 2:23 pm

        Thank you, Steph!

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    Laurie
    January 2, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Please pray for my family in this time of need. I’ll be praying for all of these intentions and saying the Divine Mercy chaplet later today. So thankful that Jesus gave us this beautiful devotion to pour mercy and graces down upon us!

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    Emily
    January 2, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I’m going to pray for a friend whom I fear may be not following God’s plan for his life.

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      Steph
      January 2, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      I will add your friend to my prayers tonight Emily.

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        Emily
        January 2, 2016 at 1:36 pm

        Thank you!

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    Steph
    January 2, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    My 3rd day of consecration to Jesus through Mary, spent a half a hour meditating on that and another half of hour writing and reflecting on today’s devotions. I too was struck by what the author wrote about being a witness. Yesterday I struggled with a situation in which a old boyfriend needed help and looked to me to rescue him again from his demons and temptations. I couldn’t help, not in the way he wants me too, but my soul was on my knees praying to God for him and hoping that all my talks the last few months with him about faith and the love Jesus has for him has maybe sparked a flame with him and that it is not up to God, not me anymore, to cultivate it and bring him to God as his son. So I’m praying for him today and all the lost souls in our community. Praying they will find their way back home.

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      Steph
      January 2, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      *now up to God

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      Emily
      January 2, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      beautiful

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    JS
    January 2, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Praying especially for my husband. I think he’s dealing with depression but he denies that. Whatever it is, he’s lost. Praying he seeks God with his whole heart. Praying for healing and restoration.

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      Jenna
      January 3, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Prayers, JS.

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    Laura
    January 2, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Today I’ve read the readings, the bis devotion, and will add mental prayer while traveling back from visiting family. This is such a timely devotion after visiting with so many relatives who are missing the power of God’s love in their lives. It hurts, but I am comforted by all of you who are joining me in being a witness and prayer warrior. Praying for all our loved ones away from God!

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    Katy
    January 2, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Today’s devotion was exactly what I needed to read before heading back to school on Monday. I teach in a Catholic high school and encounter a lot of disinterest or resistance from our students. Tonight, I’m praying for them and trusting that Jesus will guide them to the Father in His own time.

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      Jenna
      January 3, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      So beautiful, Katy. I am joining you in prayer — for the openness of the students’ hearts to hear Him when He calls.

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    Amanda L.
    January 2, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    I don’t think I commented yesterday but I have prayed both days. Also I’m 2 days into the Read the bible in a year plan.

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      Jenna
      January 3, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      You go, Amanda! Glad you’re praying alongside me, sister.

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    Marita
    January 2, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Praying with and for all of you. I, humbly, ask for prayers as my husband, 9 month old, and I leave our families (who we were able to enjoy the holidays with) and return home. I don’t have much of a support community there, and I have been struggling with the transition of staying at home with our first child…and feeling like there is little to no support. I am praying for clarity as to my purpose. I will be the voice in the desert, but while I feel like God is calling me to learn how to take care of a home and a child, I also have such a restlessness to be with and help people. I pray that people may enter the desert with me, if I am to be there for a long time…and that God may grant me some insight and direction. I want to do His will. Amen.
    Thank you ♡

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      Jenna
      January 3, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Marita, you gave me chills. I feel as though I know exactly how you feel. Thank you so much for your honesty and for sharing with us. I will keep your clarity in my prayers, as well. Know that you are exactly where He wants you, and this stirring is just the sign of where He wants to point you. You are doing great things, and please know you have the my support as well as other BIS sisters. You are loved.

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    Allison
    January 3, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Today I am praying for a friend whose husband doesn’t believe in God. I know she struggles to be a witness to him without pushing him away. Prayers for his conversion and her peace. Also, for my husband who has to work in a very hostile environment right now.

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      Jenna
      January 3, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      So hard, Allison. I will join you in praying for both of your husbands. Peace, peace, peace be upon all of you.

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