The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Thursday, Week III, Year II in Ordinary Time, 27 January 2022 2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29 <*[[[[>< + ><]]]]*> Mark 4:21-25
God our Father, thank you for the gift of prayer, for the grace and chance to feel and hear you, experience you, be blessed by you at prayer.
Let us always be still before you, Lord, especially in prayer; free us from so many thoughts of worrying about you like building or having a "suitable" place to experience you in prayer like King David who planned a temple for you.
After listening from your words through the prophet Nathan, David realized the most powerful prayer to you is when we are weakest:
After Nathan had spoken to King David, the king went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, Lord God, and who are the members of my house, that you have brought me to this point? Yet even this you see as too little, Lord God; you have also spoken of the house of your servant for a long time to come: this too you have shown to man, Lord God!”2 Samuel 7:18-19
What a beautiful prayer and disposition by David your servant, Lord; this early in his reign as King, he had shown his most wonderful trait before you - humility, always accepting his weakness and limitations, always aware that the fulfillment of your promise depends entirely on you, O God; and, that he is just a fragile instrument in the process. This would continue in moments of his great sins later in life, of having a humble and contrite heart always.
Help us to appreciate, dear Father, our feebleness, our being like a flickering lamp that still gives light in the darkness; may we realize that it is during our weakest moments when you can achieve the most in us and through us for as St. Paul had said, "when I am weak then I am strong" (2 Cor.12:10)! Amen.