Prayer and Fasting With Mustard Seed Faith

Please join me in prayer and fasting for our nation today. Our heavenly Father hears our cries.

There is a scene in Matthew (Chapter 17) where the disciples are unable to cast out a demon from a tormented boy. The father approaches Jesus and begs for help, telling Christ that his disciples had been tasked for the job but had failed.

Jesus reacts: “’O unbelieving and perverse generation!’” Jesus replied. “’How long must I remain with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy here to Me.’ Then Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.”

Jesus casts out demons

How ashamed the disciples must’ve been, because they came to him privately and asked him why they had not been able to heal the boy. Realize that some of them had just experienced the Transfiguration with Jesus.

He is blunt with them.

“Because you have so little faith,” He answered. “For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Now just ponder that. A mustard seed is quite small, a dot. How mighty must a God-fearing faith be that such a small amount can cast a mountain into the sea.

As a Catholic, I do not attempt to cast out demons by myself. But I will share a story that explains how the power of Christ is so preeminent that we can call upon Him and He will work in our lives to effect miracles.

Some years ago, our family was nearly riven in half by a situation that had been brewing for years. There were periodic attempts to tamp down the issues dividing family members, but it was never really handled.

As you can imagine, there was a darkness and oppression to family life. It grew worse until a physical separation occurred. It seemed hopeless. At that point, I became humble enough to begin listening to God.

I began praying and fasting. I had a schedule of prayer so packed that my life became a life of prayer. Almost every hour I turned to God.  Sometimes it seemed like I was peeling an onion, a stinky rotten onion. Why couldn’t I just slice through it and find a solution to this heartbreaking problem of family division?

But as I studied Scripture, attended Church, and prayed, things eventually began to come into focus. I found that things I had thought were a problem, weren’t really a problem. There was something much deeper going on.

Leviathan

One day in my Scripture searches I came across the name of Leviathan. It’s biblical. It’s mentioned numerous times, always in conjunction as a beast of enormous power that no man can contend with, but which is easily vanquished by the LORD.

I mulled over the idea of Leviathan and then put it aside. It didn’t seem to have much to do with my situation. However, a day later I came across another reference to Leviathan from a totally different source. That got my attention.

LEVIATHAN ATTACKS NATIONS

I began to dig in and take a look at the concept as it applied to our family situation. It seems that in Christian circles, Leviathan is often considered demonic, even a demon. It is considered to be a quiet, under-the-surface source of division within families, churches, and nations.

It works silently, growing and becoming stronger as it works its evil.

It is also known that once you have the name of a demon, it can be cast out.

Could the activity of Leviathan have been a factor in the division within my family? At that point I had to admit that our individual actions had contributed greatly to our problem. But our family had been praying to a greater or lesser degree to heal the rift.

We had been humbled. We had always considered our family as indestructible. Now, all our friends and extended family and acquaintances knew of our failures. I had been asking everybody I knew who was prayerful, for help.

I clung to a mustard seed-sized faith. I clung to Christ’s promise.

And help came. Friends and family came through in ways that eased the pain.

One morning, I took a drive and landed in a bucolic spot to pray. As I prayed, the word Leviathan came strongly to me. It was almost insistent. I knew that I had no power to effect an exorcism. Alone in that car, the only One who had authority was Christ Jesus.

I prayed a very simple, humble prayer. I asked the Lord Jesus Christ to cast out the spirit of division, Leviathan, from my family. Instantaneously, I felt a sense of release, as if a great weight had been lifted from me. I thanked God for the sudden deep peace that enveloped me.

As I drove back to town to stop at the store, I ran into the very family member who I had been estranged from. We talked. Within three days a full reconciliation of our family occurred.

Naturally, almost without effort. It has been permanent.

Is this type of healing possible with our nation? Of course it is. Leviathan, perhaps, has been at work through human tools like the CCP and communists embedded in our country. We’ve allowed CRT and other pernicious ideologies free rein within our institutions.

But God is merciful and quick to forgive, both us as individuals and us together as a nation.

Let today be a day of prayer and fasting, if you feel so inclined. Please include any Scriptures, prayers, stories and comments that you think will help heal and restore our families, our cities and states, and our beloved republic.

“If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Romans 8:31
Wild Mustard

A mustard seed faith is invincible. From Pope Benedict XVI comes this quote about the mustard seed:

“The time has come to say farewell to the idea of traditionally Catholic cultures.  We are facing a new and different kind of epoch in the Church’s history, where Christianity will again be characterised more by the mustard seed, where the Church will exist in small, insignificant groups that nonetheless live an intensive struggle against evil and bring the good into the world–that let God in.”

Pope Benedict XVI

We may be small and insignificant in the scheme of things, but at the Qtree and Marica’s Place we “live an intensive struggle against evil,” and that means we are also bringing “good into the world.”

God bless and keep the Qtreepers. I think something amazing will happen for all of us today.

PSALM 102

Psalm 102 (for the KJV and the Tehillim). It is Psalm 101 in the Douay Rheims Bible

 (A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.)

1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.
2 Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.
3 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.
4 My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.
5 By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.
6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.
7 I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.
8 Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.
9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,
10 Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.
11 My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.
12 But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.
13Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
14 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.
15 So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
16 When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.
17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.
19 For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;
20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;
21 To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;
22 When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
23 He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.
24 I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.
25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:
27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.
28 The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

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Deplorable Patriot

This is a prayer from Chapter 23 of the book of Ecclesiasticus, or Sirach, that is helpful for me.

 O Lord, father, and sovereign ruler of my life, leave me not to their counsel: nor suffer me to fall by them[2] Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and the discipline of wisdom over my heart, that they spare me not in their ignorances, and that their sins may not appear: [3] Lest my ignorance increase, and my offences be multiplied, and my sins abound, and I fall before my adversaries, and my enemy rejoice over me? [4] O Lord, father, and God of my life, leave me not to their devices. [5] Give me not haughtiness of my eyes, and turn away from me all coveting.

[6] Take from me the greediness of the belly, and let not the lusts of the flesh take hold of me, and give me not over to a shameless and foolish mind. [7] Hear, O ye children, the discipline of the mouth: and he that will keep it shall not perish by his lips, nor be brought to fall into most wicked works. [8] A sinner is caught in his own vanity, and the proud and the evil speakers shall fall thereby. [9] Let not thy mouth be accustomed to swearing: for in it there are many falls. [10] And let not the naming of God be usual in thy mouth, and meddle not with the names of saints, for thou shalt not escape free from them.

[11] For as a slave daily put to the question, is never without a blue mark: so every one that sweareth, and nameth, shall not be wholly pure from sin. [12] A man that sweareth much, shall be filled with iniquity, and a scourge shall not depart from his house. [13] And if he make it void, his sin shall be upon him: and if he dissemble it, he offendeth double: [14] And if he swear in vain, he shall not be justified: for his house shall be filled with his punishment. [15] There is also another speech opposite to death, let it not be found in the inheritance of Jacob.

[16] For from the merciful all these things shall be taken away, and they shall not wallow in sins. [17] Let not thy mouth be accustomed to indiscreet speech: for therein is the word of sin. [18] Remember thy father and thy mother, for thou sittest in the midst of great men: [19] Lest God forget thee in their sight, and thou, by thy daily custom, be infatuated and suffer reproach: and wish that thou hadst not been born, and curse the day of thy nativity. [20] The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words, will never be corrected all the days of his life.

Also, the full Breastplate of St. Patrick.

I arise today 

Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,

Through belief in the Threeness,

Through confession of the Oneness

of the Creator of creation.

I arise today

Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism,

Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,

Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,

Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today

Through the strength of the love of cherubim,

In the obedience of angels,

In the service of archangels,

In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,

In the prayers of patriarchs,

In the predictions of prophets,

In the preaching of apostles,

In the faith of confessors,

In the innocence of holy virgins,

In the deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through

The strength of heaven,

The light of the sun,

The radiance of the moon,

The splendor of fire,

The speed of lightning,

The swiftness of wind,

The depth of the sea,

The stability of the earth,

The firmness of rock.

I arise today, through

God’s strength to pilot me,

God’s might to uphold me,

God’s wisdom to guide me,

God’s eye to look before me,

God’s ear to hear me,

God’s word to speak for me,

God’s hand to guard me,

God’s shield to protect me,

God’s host to save me

From snares of devils,

From temptation of vices,

From everyone who shall wish me ill,

afar and near.

I summon today

All these powers between me and those evils,

Against every cruel and merciless power

that may oppose my body and soul,

Against incantations of false prophets,

Against black laws of pagandom,

Against false laws of heretics,

Against craft of idolatry,

Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,

Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul;

Christ to shield me today

Against poison, against burning,

Against drowning, against wounding,

So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.

Christ with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ in me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right,

Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down,

Christ when I sit down,

Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today

Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,

Through belief in the Threeness,

Through confession of the Oneness

of the Creator of creation.

Deplorable Patriot

You’re welcome.

Gudthots

AMEN, thank you for bringing these powerful prayers to our attention. helpful.

Deplorable Patriot

There’s also the Litany of Humility. REALLY, putting God in control requires humility, and the ways that pride can come into the picture are far more than a lot of people realize. It was a shocker.

phoenixrising

Bookmarked Litany of Humility… Thank you.

Deplorable Patriot

You’re welcome.

phoenixrising

GIT,

Thank you for this Thread… much needed!

Growing up I never thought about rich or poor, only when I was an adult did I realize my family was “poor” … parents married young and had six children… Mom was home of course, didn’t work. So of course she didn’t have much in the way of jewelry, and certainly nothing expensive. But she had a mustard seed in a tiny glass ball on an inexpensive chain… that she treasured beyond anything. I remember as if it were yesterday her telling me the story behind the seed… and about her abiding faith. I have that treasure now, near my desktop, and it reminds me everyday of the importance of FAITH.

We must focus on resisting the constant attacks on our faith. I strongly believe that any question of POTUS returning, of the 2020 election fake results being cast aside… is a question of FAITH. God will NOT allow humanity to be destroyed. And that is the bottom line, isn’t it?

singingsoul1

Opening prayer ( Iona prayer)

O Loving Christ
who died upon the tree
Each day and each night
I remember your love.
In my lying down
and in my rising up
In life and in death
You are my health and my peace.
Each day and each night
I remember your forgiveness
Bestowed on me so gentley
and generously
Each day and each night
may I be fuller in love to you.

Intersession

Life be in my speech
Truth in what I say.
The love Christ Jesus gave
Be filling every heart for me.
The love Christ Jesus gave
Be filling me for everyone.

If I say
“Surely the darkness
shall overcome me
and the light around me
become night”
even darkness
is not dark to you
The night is as bright
as the day, for darkness is
as light to you.
(Psalm 139.11-12)

Closing Prayer ( Iona)

I lie down this night with God
And God will lie down with me.
I lie down this night with Christ
And Christ will lie down with me.
I lay down this night with the Spirit
And the Spirit will lie down with me.
The Three of my love
will be lying down with me.
I shall not lie down with sin
Nor shall sin or sin’s shadow
lie down with me.
I lie down this night with God
And God will lie down with me.

Amen

singingsoul1

Iona’s prayers are beautiful.

singingsoul1

Amen

Brave and Free

Will be lifting everyone here up in prayer, sand continuing to pray that the evil that has infested our government is removed.
As much as we would like to fast track this time to end we can’t.
There’s a plan “God’s Plan” and when His time has arrived hopefully everyone is ready.
God Bless Grandma, and all treepeers.

singingsoul1

Amen

singingsoul1

I am praying though Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book ” Creation Fall Temptation”
Reflecting on some paragraphs in his writings I had a realization,
In order to overcome evil I need to be without sin. Harder don than said.

I realized that I cannot blame all the evil that is happening today on government.
Let me explain, I waited 45 years to become a citizen. Looking back in 45 years some shady presidents came and went. I was a silent bystander doing nothing.
Maybe I would have voted for some of the presidents and congress men/women do not know.
I failed in my obligation to vet and vote for the best men. Now we are here in a mess. These people did not come to power on their own this was at least 50 years in the making. My focus was not on school boards, local politicians or DC.
To wright the wrong I fist need to confess my sin of neglect, I was to comfortable. Evil only finds a place where is sin and God will not stop it I myself have to begin in my life to change.
One vote counts because many singel votes bring results.

singingsoul1

So true we are waking up and that is God’s doing. We are always given a second chance and when we become aware we need to change. We have been given after all free will but we cannot escape the consequences.
“We The People ”
It is on us and everyone who is awake what is happening to our churches and country.

Deplorable Patriot

A quick reminder on fasting, it doesn’t have to be food. It can be any number of things. Offering up the deprivation of something enjoyed, anything, can be a fast.

Oh, and some travelling music for dark times.

Deplorable Patriot

I gave up the Girl Scouts one year. Never went back.

singingsoul1

My need more days like this 🙂 Thank you for gifting your thread for a day of prayer and fasting.  👃 

singingsoul1

Thank you it is beautiful 🙂

Gudthots

For me it helps if it’s something I do regularly so that I am reminded often to return to prayer. I gave up using credit cards in stores and at gas stations, and that really was a frequent reminder.

singingsoul1

Yes that is it consistency and a specific time and place. I do have a quiet prayer place in the house. To much distractions of my own doing. Fasting is no problem but it is easier with an consisted prayer life.
I can live without credit cards except if I order though Internet. Thank you for sharing 🙂

Gudthots

Yes, and usually it is very hard for me to fast, even though I have plenty of previous experience. Food is just so easy to reach for. However, when it is an ordained fast from the Lord, then I get a “check” whenever I start to think about food, a reminder that I am fasting. When that happens, the fast is a joy.

singingsoul1

God is good all the time 🙂

singingsoul1
singingsoul1
Wolf Moon

Interesting……. times.

https://www.etymonline.com/word/leviathan

It is just now that I saw this post. Fascinating that several things directly addressing your
main point about healing division happened today. The most important, I can’t talk about, but it is central to your point about division. Others, which are still quite big, will be posted about later.

Yes! Prayer and – though perhaps a bit late – fasting!

Thank you, Grandma!!! 🙏

Wolf Moon

A thought – borrowing from Bezmenov, who advocated a return to faith.

We must heal division without normalizing the gains of the Enemy. They are trying to NORMALIZE progressive pseudo-gains right now.

It will require supreme faith in what we must do, and that it can in fact be done.

singingsoul1

They are trying to change our language and meaning they can but we need to hold on to our language and interpretation.

Gudthots

I needed this today so much more than you could ever know.
Thank you from every fiber of my being.

per your request, reposting from your opener:

So grateful for God’s peace.

This holds me each and every day.



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singingsoul1

Me too Thank you 🙂

Gudthots

Prayer.

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Brave and Free

Psalm 33 10-22