“Dear children, I am coming to you, because with my own example, I wish to show you the importance of prayer for those who have not come to know the love of God. You ask yourself if you are following me? My children, do you not recognize the sign of the times? Do you not speak of them? Come follow me. As a mother I call you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (4/2/2006)
What is an unbeliever?
According to one of the visionaries of Medjugorje, an unbeliever is someone who does not experience the love of God.
If we look at it in this term we can say that almost every human being is an unbeliever right? Because in truth how many are daily experiencing the love of God, or encountering God in their every day prayer, or prayer life?
In the scriptures, St. James addresses an unbeliever. The apostle said,
“What good is it my brothers if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can that faith save him?” (Jas. 2:14)
By this we can say that an unbeliever is one who may read the gospels, knows and believe in the gospels, but does NOT have works, nor does he live according to the gospels and does not do what is good. Well now we are getting somewhere.
We cannot limit the term unbeliever to one who is godless or does not believe in God. We would be wrong in saying this. In truth, everyone is an unbeliever because our faith is very weak, especially in times of temptation, or times of suffering and trials. And in all truth, not every one is living the gospel to perfection. If we were then we would never see one abortion, nor would there be war, emnity or strife….
For someone who says they have faith (which is a gift from God) is worthless if there is no love behind the faith. If you question this, then just check yourself in the examination of conscience from 1 Corinthians chapter 13, defining what love is.
Love of a believer is one who believes all things for the good, hopes all things, endures all things. Someone who is in love exercises great patience, kindness and great charity nor matter what may come his way good or evil. If we have none of these gifts, then your faith is nothing and empty without works, and you are only a loud sounding gong, in other words you are just filled with chatter and making a lot of noise.
Every Christian, and I repeat EVERY CHRISTIAN (no one is excluded) who says he knows God and has experienced the love of God, is called to pray for unbelievers, to live the Commandments of God and of Jesus to love of neighbor and knows what needs to be done for the greater good.
To know what needs to be done does not mean someone always has the strength to do the good. Only love for God can we find the strength to do good, because divine love in us will act through us according to the knowledge given us.
When a heart experiences the love of God, then at every moment and in every situation, a response is not only possible, but will be carried out with joy.
Mirjana (visionary who is called to pray for unbelievers) has said repeatedly, “If you can only see the tears in our Lady’s eyes when she speaks about her children, the unbelievers, you would immediately pray for them…” Mirjana emphasizes that when we pray for unbelievers we are actually praying for ourselves and OUR FUTURE, because bad things come from unbelievers. The one who prays for the grace to love is praying for happiness and well being for themselves and for others.
Let’s just give this some thought for a moment. Let’s look at a situation that may occur in a family of someone who may be acting as an unbeliever in the home environment. Someone may be discouraged or angry for something that happened to them. They will bring this negative behavior into the home and carry it forward to other family members. They may stir up arguments, fights or bring it about in other ways of emotions, such as mockery, temper tantrums and so on.
If we do not have the tools or the grace to exercise virtue in these moments, and the strength to turn to God for our situations through prayer, then it is not just one person who is the unbeliever, but all who are affected by the one persons actions. Then what good comes from that?
Therefore a day should not go by without praying for those who do not know the love of God.
For this we will post meditations and reflections of prayer for unbelievers to be prayed with your daily rosary. Keep watch for further postings….
“Faith of itself without works is dead…” (Jas. 2:17)