Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’


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


John 5:24-27
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.

Before I start the devotional every morning, I spend some time in prayer and the Lord lays on my heart his wisdom to discern what to pen. Sometimes I wish I was given wisdom on things other than salvation because it seems like that is a “common” topic but I realize after reflecting on the gospels that it is the topic Jesus came to share with our broken world because that was his sole purpose. The miracles, the heady knowledge of God’s ways, his character, etc. are not what matters as much as the truth of who he is, what he came to do, what is that to us and what our future holds.

When we consider the life of the invalid man who sat beside the pool of Bethesda, pity is the first thought that comes to mind. 38 yeas is not a short period of time to wait to be healed and chances are that he might never have been healed if Jesus did not visit him that day. Repeatedly Jesus ministers to the broken and suffering and not to the content people. This is because the content don’t have a need of him and live in oblivion to the pain faced by the world. The suffering and broken, as most of us are, are those who have reached a point in their struggle – physically, emotionally, intellectually, etc. – where nothing of this world can help. Jesus reminds us again and again that he is the only balm that will fix us and our issues. No matter how big or small our issues are, he will heal us, grant us new lives, a passport to eternal life with him and real meaning and purpose. Are you willing to call on him? Do you need prayer? It would be my privilege to pray with and for you as I always do and I hope today you meet you savior in spirit and truth!

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Road to New Pastures


Mark 5:2,3,12,13a,25,27,29,41,42a
When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain… The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” He gave them permission, and the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs… a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years… When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak… Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering… He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!”. Immediately the girl stood up and walked around.

Every morning before I read the word, I spend time in prayer and I often reflect on the word as not just God’s word for me and you today but as words that are life giving, life altering and life transforming. Chance and luck are words often used to give hope to people because there are things outside of our control and we know we cannot exercise control over those things. Like when someone is going for an exam, they are told best of luck as if they would only do better by luck and not effort. I am guilty of this too because these are common statements that are part of our vocabulary and we need to get rid of it.

In today’s passage (a mish-mash of verses from Chapter 5) it is evident how Jesus was not only a miracle worker but that his dominion was over the forces of evil and even over death, something only God can do. You might wonder what faith it is that these people exercised to have Jesus work such miracles in their lives but there is no special something they did which we cannot do. All of the seekers were genuine in their need and they all went to Jesus knowing he is able. For Jesus, being the Son of God, all things are possible and when we completely submit our pains, needs and problems to him, he choses to bless us in ways he sees fit. Sometimes with healing, sometimes with patience, sometimes with silence but every time in ways that are his and not ours. Next time you want to wish someone, wish them God’s blessing and then pray for their need. Lets be prayer warriors to permit God to continue to work miraculously in our broken world. Are you up to the challenge?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

Light at the End of the Tunnel

 

 


Mark 3:1-6
Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

This morning, I read through the chapter several times wondering what passage I should write on because I was hoping for words of encouragement as many of us need it but this was the portion that stood out because it again showed our sinfulness. One of the tragedies of life is that regardless of how hard we try, our sinfulness comes in the way of everything we do and say. For those who feel otherwise, we are reminded time and time again in the word about this and it is a reality we deal with regardless of if we are saved or not. We always think about ourselves and our needs first before we think of anybody else and lastly about God. We cater to our own needs and work in our own dimension and this puts a skew on life.

In today’s passage, what Jesus did for the man was life altering and no human could ever do that, whether the world’s best doctor or magician. However, the hardhearted people of the time were not looking at the blessing from Jesus in the crippled man’s life and rather were focussing on the right and wrong of it. Are we the same? Do we judge with biased eyes? What blessing is this to our fellow humans? I am encouraged today to look at the suffering of people around us and pray healing and blessing in their lives and not judgement about what they did wrong and how they need to fix their issues. God through his spirit will convict and correct them but our duty is to invite God into the lives of the broken.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

Solitude Mountain


Matthew 6:7-13
When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Public prayer is an area of my spiritual walk I seriously battled and still sometimes do. It probably stems from the fact that my personal prayer life was not fully evolved in itself but I certainly thought it was because I dint have faith like some people in church leadership do and I would never get there. Prayer is a significant part of our walk with the Lord and the part that the Lord is emphasizing here today is not public prayer but just prayer to him because it is how we communicate with God. Jesus spent significant amounts of time daily praying and you will notice that this prayer was always in solitude, far away from the noises of the world in a quiet place. The reason was because this would ensure he was communicating to God with no disturbance because this was a precious and valuable time to him.

When we speak with God, we need to realize the significance of our relationship to God. God the father knows our every need before we even utter it to him but unless we share that relationship with him, what kind of a relationship is it? A Christian without quiet time can probably be equated to a dead body! How can we call ourselves followers of Christ and not communicate with the one who transformed us? Being Christian is not a title or an achievement, it is a living relationship and a testimony of a transformed life, not because of our own selves or our hard work. When we speak to God, God listens and answers and works in and through us. I know some of us struggle getting time to spend with the Lord but I urge you to understand the significance of what the Lord has done for you in your life before you prioritize yourself before your maker.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet