Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’


Exodus 17:3-6,11-13,15-16 But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” Then Moses cried out to the LORD, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The LORD answered Moses, “Walk on ahead of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel… As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword… Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. He said, “For hands were lifted up to the throne of the LORD. Thec LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”

The traveling Israelites under the leadership of Moses were more than two million in number and this was no small task God undertook. Mob mentality reigned among these people and is today explained well as herd behavior which has been the cause of many problems worldwide.

Steering a few people is a task but taking an entire nation through the wilderness seems like a futile exercise and we can see more evidence of it. The Israelites were getting more hostile towards Moses and God and only God could intervene to change their embittered hearts. What is God speaking to us through this? (more…)


Genesis 32:24-28 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,e because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”

This journey Jacob made is certainly most significant because it was not just a physical relocation but a mental and spiritual transition.

Jacob was moving from a place of great adversity back to him hometown where he was previously not welcome and the only reason was because God instructed him to.

Jacob tried to win his brother over by sending his messengers over, sending expensive gifts and finally split his entire convoy up to ensure that if attacked, the other groups would have a chance to escape.

What then is this wrestling competition in the middle of all of this meant to be and how could some man simply bless him? (more…)


Genesis 24:2-4,6-9,12-14 Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he owned, “Please place your hand under my thigh, and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live, but you will go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac”… Then Abraham said to him, “Beware that you do not take my son back there! “The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there. “But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this my oath; only do not take my son back there.” So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter… He said, “O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham. “Behold, I am standing by the spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; now may it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’—may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master.”

The culture of the times of Abraham might seem so bizarre to us today but it was the culture of the land and we therefore need to appreciate it and understand what God is speaking to us through it.

Marriage was not just a relationship between a man and woman but between two families and there was much at play including establishing credentials, sharing wealth, rightful celebrations, etc.

The head servant of Abraham’s household was more like the estate manager who oversaw everything Abraham owned and he was the senior-most staff in any household, much like Daniel was to become.

The question I had was why did the head servant ask God to reveal the right woman because of watering the camels and him? (more…)


3 John 1:2-4
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Sometimes I wonder what is the point of trying so hard to serve God to man when man does not want God. If God wanted, He could turn the heart of men towards Him just as He turned the heart of Pharaoh against Him when the Israelites were living in captivity in Egypt and Moses was requesting Pharaoh to release them. When I look around, the world around me seems to want to live in oblivion to God, sin and any sense of morality. Things that were shameful in the past is now acceptable and trendy and things that were condoned before are now revered. In such times, would it not be easier to blend in with the world and believe what we believe in the privacy of our hearts so as not to look foolish? What is God saying to us today as we rationalize our purpose? (more…)


1 Timothy 4:1-5, 7-8
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer… Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

I find it hard to believe that this passage was written close to 2,000 years ago and is so pertinent today. It is as though it was written just a few years back looking at its present relevancy. The whole message of the Bible is completely relevant today as it was since time began because it is the word of God. As I was praying just moments ago, the one thought that stuck in my mind was that the greatest solution to all of mankind was love. Not human, broken, selfish, immoral, ill-meaning, crude, biased, despicable love but God’s love. We the people of this world are so lost in our own selves and our desires that we can never see eye to eye with each other and only love that is not from within us but from above can bind us together. If that is the case, why are we being warned of people misleading us in following this God of love?

As I continue this journey with Christ, I realize that often times I am trying to be bigger than God and in that there is no blessing but only condemnation. I sometimes worry if people follow me rather than Christ because I’m the bearer of the word and so I’m considered wise. The truth is that without Christ, there is no me and no word and no love and so I pray that Jesus is the one glorified and not us as humans. In the same way, in ministry people grow in knowledge and understanding of God and fall away because of weak Christian foundations and find temporary glory in the eyes of fellow men and therefore pursue that regardless of where it leads them. There are many who are lost and seeking and yearn to have someone to see and follow and therefore are led astray and there are few that find the truth of Jesus and follow Him all the days of their lives and bless many. The Bible is God’s word and our guide to life and therefore lets use it to guide us in this journey till we are face to face with our Lord and Maker. Lets train ourselves to be godly for that is what the Lord wills for us in His word.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the LORD leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.

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1 Timothy 2:8-15
I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing. I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

Never has it been such a challenge for me to write a devotional as it is today. The reason is the message in today’s chapter which is certainly very controversial and I pray you receive it as a word from God. I have no physical father here on earth anymore but I am blessed with 2 mothers, a grandmother, a beautiful wife, a precious daughter and my loving sister and so women have a very special place in my life. When I read the word today of the role of a woman, I was shaken not because I did not read this passage before but because God laid it on my heart and wants us to understand the purpose of it. Paul was not a male chauvinist and therefore wrote these words but as in everything penned in the Bible, he was inspired by the Holy Spirit. What is God saying to us today and is it relevant to our day and age?

The Lord created woman after he created man to be a support and companion to man (Gen. 2:22). It was Eve who was deceived by the serpent and not Adam but she did not deceive Adam, rather she persuaded him (Gen. 3:17). God punished women with severe birth pains, a desire for their husbands and that they would be under the husband in their relationships (Gen. 3:16). Therefore women are not expected to teach or command authority over men in churches. However, women have a key role in the spiritual upbringing of their children and are encouraged to teach and take charge of their children and direct them to God. Men are expected to lead the home and the church, are expected to be in prayer at all times and in all places and are called to love their wives and children the way God loves us. In God’s eyes all mankind is His special creation and He did not send His son Jesus to die only for men but for all mankind. I know this is a difficult passage to digest but I pray that you would approach it with prayer and submission.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.

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Colossians 4:2-6, 18
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone… I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.

Back in ’77, my Granddad (Dad’s) passed away, then in April ’99, my father-in-law passed away (2 days after my son’s birth) and then in November 2003, I lost my Dad (The day before his 55th birthday) and in a couple months, my Mom’s Dad passed away too. This left me without a physical Dad to look up to and that was when my dependance on God the Father became total. This year, father’s day was the day I remembered each of my Dads and most importantly, the one Dad I will never lose who means the world to me and who loves me so much that He gave up what was most special to Him to bring me closer to Him. Today’s passage does not remind us of father’s day and you must wonder why I mentioned my Dads in this post?

In the life of Jesus and the apostles, the one thing that marked them was their reliance on God being their father. Everything they did was after praying to God the Father for His wisdom, leading, correction, anointing, or direction. Paul reminds us as followers of Christ that we are to be devoted to prayer and live a life evidencing the grace that saved us. The start and sustenance of our faith is God the Father who made all things possible so that we might be created and brought into communion with Him through the shedding of His son’s blood for our unrighteousness. Without our Father in Heaven and His son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in our lives, we would not exist and our lives would be meaningless. I pray that today each of us will remember our Father in Heaven and celebrate Him as we celebrate the lives of our Dads. I pray for us Dads that we will pray for God’s leading in our lives to be Fathers like He is and that we will live to serve our families as Christ lived to serve His church, us.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Psalm 103:13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him

 

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Philippians 4:4-7
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Recently, a dear friend of mine has been challenging me with questions that shake the very foundation of our belief and I in my desire to prove my point wanted to counter rock for rock albeit in a friendly manner. His questions seemed harsh, his arguments sound and his conviction clearly evident in his unbelief and I kept seeking wisdom from the Lord to respond and all I got was calm and quiet. How can Paul encourage us to rejoice always in the face of opposition, challenges and difficulties? Could he not have encouraged us to be hopeful in trying times and rejoicing in good ones?

When we examine the life of Christ here on earth, his every moment seemed filled with challenges. He was born from a virgin which is a hotly debated subject, he was born poor which is unlike any king, his father was a poor carpenter, he did not have any fancy education and was from a lowly town, he grew up in the face of opposition from his own people and finally died by their own hands. Through all the challenges, his strength was his faith in God the Father and his only desire was to accomplish his father’s will. When I wanted to counter each question, the only thought that came to mind was to respond in gentleness and not try to make sense of God to man but instead just direct man to God. I do know that it was God who reached my wicked soul and not man and so I pray for my dear friend that he will find his answers in God alone. Are you anxious about anything, are you challenged? I urge you to look at the cross and find hope in Christ who overcame this world for you. Lets rejoice in Jesus daily!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Ephesians 3:14-19
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

I love to read Paul’s prayers as he expresses God’s word in lay man understanding, giving a sense of direction with prophetic words, has a deep seated motivation to spur us onward in our Christian walk and always giving God the glory. As I think about God, I realized that Jesus quoted the word of God in everything that He said and His life was lived in the fulfillment of it. When live out out faith in our lives, do we use and consider the word of God in everything? I long for the day when God’s word is etched in my mind and heart and when the first thought I have in every situation is Him and His glory. Is that what Paul prays here for us?

Paul requests God to give us from his glory the strength through His Holy Spirit residing in us (believers) so that Christ may live in our hearts through our faith in Him. Why would God need to strengthen us for Christ to live in us? When we accept Christ, we are walking away from the Prince of this world, Satan, and taking the path the Lord wants us to walk. This means our lives are always going to be in torment from Satan and we will constantly be drawn back to our lives of sin and therefore we need the strength that only God can give us, the direction that the Holy Spirit provides us and the love that Christ shows us through His life. As we walk with God, we start to appreciate the dimensions of His love which, although unseen to the blinded eyes of sinful men, are revealed to us who are born again through His sacrifice for us. Are you filled with the full measure of God and living out your faith in your life?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.


Romans 10:1-4
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

The Jews are marked by religiosity and religious fervour that few others share and it is something that amazes me. Paul testifies of it in the passage above when he refers to them as zealous. However, he states that their zeal for God is not based on knowledge and this is where they are lost. I am certain that to the Jews, we Christians are lost in following Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and this causes the great divide. So, is Christ the undoing of the law as stated above?

For thousands of years, the Jews have been trying to live up to the law and follow its requirements but have faltered and therefore offer sacrifices as atonement for their sins. This is being done in wait of the Messiah who will redeem them and establish them as His own. In Christ, all the requirements of the law were met, in his death the ultimate sacrifice for mankind was made and in his resurrection, the assurance of life eternal for those who believe is confirmed. He is the Messiah for the Jews and Gentiles alike and waits (patiently) for those who believe to come and submit their lives to him and accept his gift of forgiveness and salvation. He is the fulfillment of the law and in Him, there is righteousness for all who believe. Are you still trying to live up to the law or can you see the truth in Jesus?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy