Posts Tagged ‘Praying’


Acts 16:25-31
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

As we continue to journey with the disciples in their travels with the gospel from Jerusalem now to Turkey, we see the Holy Spirit working in powerful ways in the lives of people of different tribes and tongues. No longer is gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ restricted to Jews but also to the rest of the world. In today’s passage, there is a twist. The last time Paul was jailed, an angel of God whisked him away to safety but this time around, he and Silas did not move from their cell even though the jail doors were flung open by the earthquake. What caused them to stay back and why would the Lord use such trying circumstances in their lives to affect the jailer and his family’s life?

Note that Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God. Even though they were just stripped and beaten, their response was not moaning to God but praising God, an act of total foolishness or an act of faith because they could see beyond the physical beating. The jailer’s heart was hardened due to his job where he dealt with the worst of men. God chose to reach him in the place where he was least likely to believe and only because God loved him. Paul and Silas knew their lives were not their own anymore because they had offered it to God for his glory. What pain we face in life is nothing in comparison to the pain God went through when he sacrificed his own son Jesus Christ to save us from sin and an eternity with satan. Lets stop looking at the difficulties in our lives and crying about it, instead, lets offer praise to God for what he can achieve when we are broken for his light to shine through us.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Mark 2:1-5
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

As some of you may or may not know, I am in between jobs as we moved 16 weeks back from Dubai here to Vancouver and this was a move in faith where we followed God’s leading. In the last few months, I have been looking for work and it’s been a long but blessed journey as I see doors close and new ones open. Through all of this, we have been praying for God’s leading and his discernment in this area and yesterday was a low in the process as I lost an opportunity to a better candidate after many rounds of interviews. As you can expect, our first thoughts were to feel bitter and shaken by this but as we spent time in God’s word and in prayer, we found the Lord speaking to us through Isaiah 40 where we are reminded to ‘Wait on the Lord’ and that we are doing.

Today’s passage spoke to my heart because it reminded me that we need to seek God regardless of our challenges. Can you picture the impossibility of how these 4 people who were carrying the paralytic man could get him across to Jesus? The fact that the place was full and they could not get Jesus’ attention in the normal way did not deter them from getting Jesus to heal the paralytic. They struggled to make a hole in the roof and bring the man before Jesus and this was what moved Jesus to heal the man because of their faith. Today I am reminded that we need to pour out our needs before God regardless of the challenges that are before us and he will bless us in his time. The paralysis was permitted in the man for God’s act of healing as is every issue and challenge in our lives. We are called to pour out our issues before God and ask in faith but we can only do that if we willing to be shameless and willing to show our brokenness. Are you? I certainly am and I know that our Jehovah Jireh will change my struggle to a blessing in his time.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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