Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017
Here may we prove the power of prayer;
To strengthen faith, and sweeten care;
To teach our faint desires to rise;
And bring all heaven before our eyes.
As I ponder over the above, I saw a playground… I used to bring my children to the playground and allowed them to play freely. I had stood at a distance, watching to make sure that they were safe. I had wondered whether I could run to them in time to rescue them before they hurt themselves.
Our Father in heaven is watching as we ‘play’ in our ‘playground’ here on earth. He allows us to choose what to play and how to play. He is watching and HE IS ABLE to rescue us before we hurt ourselves.
As I pray, my faith strengthens. As I pray, I am reassured of His amazing grace for all mankind. I remember Saul who became the great Apostle Paul. Hallelujah! Thanks be to God!
We are called to pray and not to criticize or condemn people. The deeds that wicked people do are the deeds of the devil. He puts evil thoughts into people’s minds and hearts. If anyone has Christ in them, he will be ‘rescued just in time’ before he gets hurt. In the presence of a Holy God, no one can stand. He will break down and break through his struggles and misery. I believe!
Are our hearts hardened? When are we going to tear down our wall of flesh? It is only when we tear down our wall of flesh that we can break through our struggles and pain.
We must let go of ourselves – genuinely and totally let go. Many people hold on to their own shield of flesh. They are deceived by the devil. I pray for the move of the Holy Spirit through God’s Army over all the earth. I pray for Mercy and Love. I pray for Truth to be revealed in all nations.
Ole Hallesby, a Norwegian Christian imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II, wrote, “True prayer is a fruit of helplessness and faith. Helplessness becomes prayer the moment that we go to Jesus and speak candidly and confidently with Him about our needs. This is to believe.”
Daniel Henderson: Prayer in its simplest definition is depending on God. When we do not pray, we are saying, “Lord, I think I can live the Christian life on my own.” Prayerlessness is our ‘declaration of independence’ from God.
We are most effective when our lives are given over to Jesus MOMENT BY MOMENT. Jesus said,
Dear Father God,
We want to live a fruitful life. We want to abide in You and bear fruit - today and everyday. Apart from You, we can do nothing.
Lead us LORD – just like You led the Israelites out of slavery – cloud by day and fire by night.
Lam Yee Ling