Katya Rivas: The Need for Prayer
The Medallion of the Apostolate of the New Evangelization
The Door to Heaven - Extracts
A teaching for Man,
about his weaknesses,
limits and reach.
Spanish Editions: 1996 and 1998
English Edition 1.1 - July 1999
The Door to Heaven – Extract No. 38.3
“At Jesus’ request, the "Prayer Groups" of Cochabamba and La Paz were to join forces and work together. The people responsible for the group… received a great and wonderful surprise when Jesus announced to Catalina that He would dictate the subject matter and context of the Retreat… The Messages in DH-38 correspond to the aforementioned experience. No one could have expected such a Grace.”
The Need for Prayer
Later on I will talk to you about the need for prayer. Prayer is omnipotent, and being one, reaches all. I said: Ask and you will be given. However, do not forget that to be heard it is necessary to ask properly. Many ask, not all receive, because they do not ask as they should with humility, with faith, with perseverance.
I do not tolerate the proud; I refuse to listen to their prayers. Think about those proud men, who trust in their own strength and believe that they are better than everybody else; and know that their prayers will not be heard.
On the contrary, I do hear the prayers of the humble. The prayers of the humble will pass through the clouds and will not rest until it reaches Me. The prayers of those who humble themselves rise to Heaven and do not return without being listened to and attended by Me. Know that when you humble yourselves, I, Myself, go spontaneously to embrace you,. But, if you become arrogant and pride yourselves on your wisdom and actions, I move away from you and leave you alone.
I do not despise even the most dissolute sinners, when they truly repent of their sins and humble themselves in My presence, confessing themselves unworthy of My Graces.
Now, My beloved ones, let us move on to another matter. No one who has faith in Me, will be scorned. May all sinners know this. No matter how many iniquities a sinner has committed, there has never been one who has placed his faith in Me and has been abandoned. He who prays to Me with faith, obtains all he has asked for. When the graces asked for are spiritual and useful to the soul, be sure that you will receive them. That is why I have taught you that when you ask for a grace, you should call Me Father, so you will turn to Me with the same faith with which a son turns to his father who loves him.
If you heed the promise I have made you, of listening to he who prays, who can doubt that I will break My promise? I am not like men who promise and do not keep their promise, either because they are lying when they make a promise, or change their minds after they have made their promise. I cannot lie because I am the Truth; I cannot change, because I am justice, rectitude, and know the consequences of what I do. How can I fail to keep My promises to you?
For the same reason that I wish you well, I exhort and incite you to ask Me for the graces you need. That is why I say to you: "Ask and you will be given; search and you will find; call and you will be answered." How can I exhort you to ask Me for graces if I did not have the will of giving them to you? You must trust even more that I will give what you ask Me for, since it is I who forced Myself to hear your prayers.
Some may say: I have little faith in God because I am a sinner; I have been ungrateful and I know I do not deserve to be heard. His prayers are not supported by his merits, but by My Divine Mercy. As long as you ask for things that are useful for your eternal salvation and pray to Me with faith, I will listen. I have said useful things, because if they are harmful to your souls, I cannot listen. For example: if someone thinks of taking revenge for an injury or of carrying out an offense and prays for My assistance, I would not listen because he who asks for bad or unjust things offends Me.
In the same manner, if you implore divine assistance and want Me to assist you, you must not place any obstacles in the way that would make you unworthy of being heard. For example: if you ask for strength to resist backsliding into sin and do not want to avoid the opportunities to sin, I will not listen because you are placing an obstacle in your prayer. If afterwards you sin, you must not complain about Me, saying: I have asked the Lord to give me strength so I would not sin again, but I have not been heard. Because this would be to deny that you placed an obstacle, not to mention the opportunity, thus rendering your prayer useless and making Me not listen to you.
It is also necessary to warn you that the promise I made to listen to those who pray for temporary graces, such as wining a dispute, having a good harvest, being freed from a sickness or persecution, will only be granted them when these prayers are useful for your spiritual health. Otherwise I will refuse them, because I love you, knowing that such graces would be disgraces for you and would harm your soul. I deny some graces out of Mercy, and grant others for punishment. That is to say, when you do not obtain the graces you ask for, you must rejoice, because it is better for you that such graces be denied than granted...Many times you ask for the venom that will kill you. Many would have been saved, if they had died during that illness or poverty they were suffering! But, when they recovered health or obtained great honors and dignities, their pride increased, they forgot Me and condemned themselves. That is why you must let My Will grant what you ask of Me, if it is what you need.
Let us see the other side. Spiritual graces such as: forgiveness of sins, perseverance in virtue, love for Me, must be asked for absolutely and without condition, with the firm hope of obtaining them.
When I am asked for something, I do not care if it is an innocent person or a sinner who is asking for spiritual graces. Sinners: if you do not deserve to obtain graces, I have great merits before My Father; ask in My name, that is, for My merits, and I promise to obtain all you ask for.
Ask with perseverance, most of all, without getting tired of doing it. This explains why I have said: Pray without desisting, make your whole life a prayer. Let nothing stop you from praying as long as you can because, in ceasing your prayers, you deprive yourselves of divine assistance and are subdued in temptations. Perseverance in grace is an absolutely gratuitous gift that you cannot deserve, but this gift can be obtained through prayers. Ask for this grace daily.
Your perseverance until death, not only depends on one assistance, but on many; all those you expect to achieve during a lifetime, to keep yourselves in My Holy Grace. Then, this chain of divine assistance must correspond to a chain of prayers, without which I rarely grant graces. If you interrupt prayers and stop asking, I shall also interrupt the chain of assistance and you will lose perseverance. Read Luke 11,5-8.
Men get annoyed when they are importuned with a request for something, but I exhort you to repeatedly ask Me, and I do not get annoyed, on the contrary, I am pleased to see you are perseverant. When I said to you "search, call", I meant to make you understand that you must be like the poor beggars when they ask for charity and who, even when they are turned away, do not stop asking and insisting until they are given something.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Through the rest of 2002, Scoop will be publishing a series of daily reflections on spiritual matters from Bolivian author Katya Rivas. Rivas, has received an official imprimatur from the Catholic Church for several books she says she was instructed to write by Jesus Christ, Mary and various Angels. Scoop’s extract, above, comes from Rivas’s book “The Door to Heaven”. In 1999 Katya Rivas was the subject of a top-rating documentary show hosted by Mike Willessee (see Scoop TV review - Jesus Christ Tells FOXNews He Wants To Hug World and Scoop Images ). More recently Rivas says she was instructed by Jesus to have her books translated and published on the internet with the intention of having the books distributed to as wide an audience as possible. Several of the books can now be read online at http://www.greatcrusade.org/, and more are coming soon.
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