Prayer in the Divine Will: The Command Prayer…

St. Louis Marie de Montfort received knowledge about Mary’s children of the “latter times”, and he wrote “The Fiery Prayer for the Apostles of the Latter Times”. Under the section on combat with the devil, he writes:

“It is true, great God, that as Thou has predicted, the world will lay mighty snares to entrap the heel of this mysterious woman, that is to say, the little company of her children who will emerge toward the end of the world, and that there will be a mighty enmity between this blessed posterity of Mary and the cursed race of Satan. But it is a divine enmity, and the only one of which Thou art the authorI will put enmities. But these combats and persecutions that the children of the race of Belial will inflict on Thy Blessed Mother’s race will only serve to show to greater advantage the power of Thy grace and the courage of their virtue and the authority of Thy Mother, since Thou hast given to Her, from the beginning of the world, the commission to curse this proud spirit by the humility of Her Heart: She shall crush thy head.”

Little children of Mary, we have the upper hand–Mary’s!

Friends, I had other plans for this blog post, but God had His own plans. It seems he wants another blog post on Prayer in the Divine Will. This is not comprehensive, only what I have gleaned from the writings and those who teach them. To begin, here is a brief introduction on what it means to pray “in the Divine Will”.

In his “Manual for Priests Instructing the laity on the Gift of Living in the Divine Will”, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, STD, Ph.D. writes:

“2.2.4 – Difference between “doing” and “living” in the Divine Will: In considering the divine and eternal modes of prayer and action, Jesus reveals to Luisa the expressions, “doing the Divine Will” to signify the former, and “Living in the Divine Will” to signify the latter. He affirms that “Living in the Divine Will” is the model that is “closest to the blessed in heaven” and as distant from “doing the Divine Will” “as that of heaven from earth”. The following analogy depicts these two modes: The divine mode of prayer is that of a saintly person on earth who wishes to pray for the deceased souls in a cemetery. To do so, he must walk from one tomb stone to another to see who it is he is to pray for and then pray for that soul, one soul at a time. The eternal mode of prayer is that of one who, in wishing to pray for the souls in a cemetery, is taken above in a plane and beholds all souls in one bird’s-eye view to pray for all concomitantly. Living in the Divine Will is to invite God’s one eternal operation into our finite prayers and actions, who bequeaths to them an eternal quality, whereby they impact all souls of the past, present and future concomitantly.”

I have heard it explained also that a prayer done in the human will can only be done in time and space; it has a beginning and an end and can only affect those for whom it is prayed. Whereas a prayer or act done in the Divine Will participates in God’s One Eternal Act and therefore has no beginning or end, so it exists eternally and affects souls of all times and places.

Don’t worry if you do not understand it completely yet. God will give you light in his time. It is not as complicated as it appears—you can pray and do acts in the Divine Will immediately if you but desire it.

Fr. Iannuzzi explains in the same document:

“2.3.9 – The Four Steps to Living in the Divine Will: Desire (admits us to this gift), knowledge (advances us in this gift), virtue (anchors us in this gift), and life (actualizes this gift). While the soul in the state of grace may, with holy desire, immediately enter into God’s one eternal operation and impact all things concomitantly, it is not until the soul becomes grounded in the virtues that it may experience life in the Divine Will, as life implies continuity in God’s one eternal operation.”

So you see that as soon as you have a sincere desire to learn about and grow in this Gift, you can already make your acts and prayers in the Divine Will. This can be done in many ways. You can add the words, “in the Divine Will” to your prayer. Or say, “Jesus I fuse myself into you as I pray,” or “Jesus if you want me to do this, let’s do it together,” or “Jesus breathe in my breathing, (or eat, or dance, or clean, or play, or write…)” You will learn more about this as you continue to learn from the teachers I have highlighted previously. (I hope to expand on that in the next post, as God wills!) Don’t worry whether you’re doing it “right”. God sees the will and makes up for our weakness. Jesus continually tells Luisa to just give him her nothingness and “Let me do!” It doesn’t get easier that!

Now, a very important point about prayer in the Divine Will is, do not get angry or upset by anything you hear or read about or anything that happens. It should be no surprise to you when the world acts like the world. A snake acts like a snake because it is a snake. Jesus said, “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage; I have conquered the world!” (In 16:33) Maintain your inner peace by always by giving your Fiat! Jesus I trust in YOU! You take care of it.

Our response to everything is always Fiat and prayer in the Divine Will. As you study you will realize with abject humility and wonder what God himself wishes to accomplish through us as we act in, with, through, and for Jesus. He always chooses the least and the lowest—that’s what he told Luisa and it applies to us.

The other thing to remember about prayer in the Divine Will is that it is more universal than specific, embracing the all along with the one. We never pray only for one person, but for all souls past, present, and future (PPF). Most importantly in it we offer reparation to God in the name of all, for the sins committed, re-doing the lives of all in the Divine Will as if they had never sinned, returning them to God, for his glory. Fr. Robert Young explained that we can offer the perfect version of their lives to God in the Divine Will. (I think it was in this video but I can’t be sure.)

Now, does the accuser ever bring up past, absolved sins to torment you? Of course he does! But he has no right to—unless we allow it by returning to the vomit of a guilt we no longer own. Instead of beating ourselves up, it is infinitely better to think of this as an opportunity to repair for all souls who have ever sinned in that way and re-do their lives in the Divine Will, as if they had never sinned. All for the glory of God, who deserves to be surrounded by an infinitude of grateful souls for all eternity. As the first children of the Divine Will, this is our task. We don’t have to understand it. God is doing it, not us.

For example, we pray “for Uncle Ed and all those addicted to alcohol past, present, and future, as well as Aunt Gladys and all those past, present, and future affected by the problem of addiction in a relative or friend. I repair for all sin committed by all addicts, enablers and family members of all time, and redo their lives in the DW as if they were never tempted or sinned, for God’s glory and the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will. Fiat!”

The “Prayer of Command” below is a powerful prayer for our time (found on various Divine Will websites, including this one linked to Fr. Celso). God commanded: “Let there be light.” And there was light. Jesus commanded the demons to “Come out,” and he commanded Lazarus to “Come out,” and by golly, they all came out. The Divine Commander commands, and it is done.

THE COMMAND PRAYER DURING THESE UNCERTAIN AND TRYING TIMES: 

Book of Heaven, Volume 30, April 2, 1932

Jesus to Luisa: “Everything is possible when We want it; We place as much ease in doing small things as We do in great ones, because all the Virtue and Power is in Our Act, not in the good that the Act of Our Power receives.  In fact, when I was on earth, since in all My Acts ran My Power, the touch of My Hands, the Empire of My Voice, and so forth, were all made Powerful, and with the same ease with which I called to life the little girl who had died a few hours before—with that same ease I called to life Lazarus, who had been dead for four days, who was already corrupted, and gave off an unbearable stench.  I commanded that the bandages be removed from him, and then I called him with the Empire of My Voice: ‘Lazarus, come out!’  At My Commanding Voice, Lazarus was Resurrected, the corruption disappeared, the stench ceased, and he came back healthy and hearty as if he had not died—true example of how My Power can make the Kingdom of My Fiat rise again in the midst of creatures. 

“This is a tangible and sure example of how My Power, in spite of the fact that man is corrupted, and the stench of his sins infects him, more than a cadaver—he can be called a poor one wrapped in bandages, who has need of the Divine Empire in order to be freed of the bandages of his passions—but if the Empire of My Power invests him and wants it, his corruption will have no more life, and he will rise again Healthy, and more Beautiful than before.  Therefore, at the most, one can doubt that My Divine Will might not want it, because they could not deserve a Good so Great; but that My Power would not be able to do it—not this, ever.”

I hope this gives you hope, encouragement, and a clearer idea of how to pray in the Divine Will. As little children of the Divine Will, we have confidence in Our Lord’s commanding power. Crushing the enemy’s head is not about destroying those souls the evil one counted as his own, it is about saving them. God is using all means to draw souls back to him. Our job is to pray in the Divine Will that they will be receptive to the abundant grace he offers. Let us water the hard-packed soil of their hearts with our prayers, so the seed Our Lord sows may take root, in time and in eternity!

One last passage from the Book of Heaven to encourage you:

Book of Heaven, Volume 15, April 2, 1923

Jesus to Luisa: “My daughter, in my Will there is the void of the human works in the divine, and this void must be filled by one who lives in my Will.  The more attentive you are in living in my Will and in making It known to others, the sooner this void will be filled, in such a way that, as my Will sees the human will hovering around within Itself, as though returning to the origin from which it came, It will feel satisfied and will see Its yearnings upon the human generation being fulfilled.  It does not matter whether they are few, or maybe even one alone, because, with Its power, my Will can make up for everything, even with one alone, when It does not find others.  But it is always a human will that must come into Mine to substitute for everything that the others do not do.  This will be so pleasing to Me as to split the Heavens and make my Will descend, making known all the good and the prodigies It contains.  Each additional entrance you make into my Will pushes Me to give you new knowledges about It, and to narrate to you more prodigies, because I want you to know the good you do, so that you may appreciate it and desire to possess it.  And in seeing that you love it and appreciate it, I give you possession of it.  Knowledge is the eyes of the soul.  The soul who does not know is as though blind to that good and to those truths. In my Will there are no blind souls; rather, each knowledge brings her a greater length of sight.  Therefore, enter often into my Volition, expand your boundaries in my Will, and as I see this, I will come back to tell you more surprising things about my Will.”

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12 responses

  1. Our God is truly amazing and what He will do with us for all eternity is obviously going to be one amazement after another and that is impossible for my pea-sized brain to understand…but the very idea of it all is glorious! Love that you are sharing all of this with us now. 🙂

  2. Janet,

    Happy Cheesefare Sunday/Forgiveness Sunday!

    It has struck me as to why to the movement on the Divine Will is discouraged. Obviously, Satan does all he can, through his agents, to hinder it. But the other reason is older and much more ancient and has good grounds. On the surface, when you look at it, the Divine Will movement seems to raise long buried theological issues. Let me explain.

    The first great Christological heresy of Arianism denied the divinity of Christ. Against this was Athanasius that Jesus was God and man. The Second great heresy, Nestorianism split his divinity and humanity into two different people. So, the rule of St. Cyril of Alexandria that Jesus was one person.

    The third great heresy subsumed his humanity into his divinity, that of monophysite (one nature). Against this was Leo the great’s dictum one person and two natures, unconfused, unmixed. To resolve the fall out from the Council of Chalcedon, the solution was to state that Jesus had only a divine will. Against this stood Maximus the Confessor. Maximus reiterated the position of Gregory of Nazianzus. Gregory stated “what is not assumed is not redeemed” as a way of saying that Jesus had to have been fully human in order for Him to redeem humanity.

    If Jesus was not fully human, then the parts that were not assumed were not redeemed. And Maximus fought to state that Jesus had a human will and a divine will. And, when one looks at material on the Divine will, I think it is quite unintentional that many devotees inordinately emphasize Jesus’s divine will. And, this unintentional disproportionate emphasis leads to theological caution that hinders the official encouragement of the divine will movement. I respectfully suggest that some reminders and clarifications from time to time would be helpful.

    And, i am praying with you, Janet!

    • Thank you James for these important points. That is why the ordinary Catholic who does not have a theology degree, should not study without a qualified teacher with proper theological training. There have been grave misinterpretations in the past. My next post will highlight some of the excellent teachers who can keep us from theological or doctrinal misinterpretation. Fr. Iannuzzi himself is working on the critical, annotated edition. Praise God! In the meantime, we learn proper interpretation from listening to him and others. In the volumes Jesus does discuss his human will, and it is very clearly explained, but not many of us have read them all. Stay tuned…the teachers post is next! God bless you!

      • An annotated critical edition would be helpful. As you are a secular Franciscan, I do not know if you were aware that some of the problems Franciscan theology faces today is the lack of completed critical editions (BL. John Duns Scotus for example), or the lack of a modern translation of the critical edition (Ven. Mary of Agreda). Now, that I think of it, there is material in the current English translation supportive of the Divine Will movement.

        I think some of Scotus’s work on the Divine Will would be very helpful to the Divine Will movement. I was blessed when i was younger (30 some years ago!) to have the late great Father Allan Wolter OFM discuss Duns Scotus on the Will with me.

        Keep loving Jesus, Janet! That love informs your writings and makes you a sister of our father amongst the saints, Francis of Assisi!

      • Bless you James. You have been blessed in your studies, readings, and mentors!
        Just to clarify, I am not part of the SFO. The BSP is an international Franciscan Lay Association which has the approval of several bishops including mine. See https://bspenance.org/ if you want to find out more.

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