May 29, 2016

The Shepherd's Corner

[:en]THE SHEPHERD’S CORNER

Life is fragile. Like a vase, life can break into pieces. The sad thing is, not only do we have to spend time and energy—not to mention anguish—to pick up the pieces, there is also no guarantee that we can ever hold the same vase again. Some of us have been through this fragility of life, and some are going through this, as we speak.

One of the greatest gifts God has blessed us with is the gift of prayer. Through prayer we come to God bringing all our heart-felt anguish and deep-seated longings. And, through prayer God infuses into us His strength and His love. Yes, it is in the fellowship of prayer we find assurance that He loves us and will carry us through.

But, there is one more thing that prayer does: God gives us this gift to unlock His power. Yes, prayer releases the power of God to accomplish His will and to answer our needs. Andrew Murray, in his book, With Christ in the School of Prayer, reminds us of this truth.

He writes, “We see how Abraham’s prayer power affected the destinies of those who come in contact with him . . . . His prayers for Sodom and Lot, for Abimelech, and for Ishmael prove that a man who is God’s friend has the power to control the history of those around him.” Prayer affects the destinies of those we pray for!

In my seven years serving in our church, I can’t recall so many of us getting sick at the same time as these past a couple of weeks. So, pray we do—every day! We pray for our sisters Devi and A-Chin; we pray for Tante May Ie and Tante Tina. And, we pray for the others who have had health issues for quite some time. We pray not only because we know God hears us, but also because we know our prayers make a difference in their lives—somehow, someway.

Pastor Paul[:id]THE SHEPHERD’S CORNER

Life is fragile. Like a vase, life can break into pieces. The sad thing is, not only do we have to spend time and energy—not to mention anguish—to pick up the pieces, there is also no guarantee that we can ever hold the same vase again. Some of us have been through this fragility of life, and some are going through this, as we speak.

One of the greatest gifts God has blessed us with is the gift of prayer. Through prayer we come to God bringing all our heart-felt anguish and deep-seated longings. And, through prayer God infuses into us His strength and His love. Yes, it is in the fellowship of prayer we find assurance that He loves us and will carry us through.

But, there is one more thing that prayer does: God gives us this gift to unlock His power. Yes, prayer releases the power of God to accomplish His will and to answer our needs. Andrew Murray, in his book, With Christ in the School of Prayer, reminds us of this truth.

He writes, “We see how Abraham’s prayer power affected the destinies of those who come in contact with him . . . . His prayers for Sodom and Lot, for Abimelech, and for Ishmael prove that a man who is God’s friend has the power to control the history of those around him.” Prayer affects the destinies of those we pray for!

In my seven years serving in our church, I can’t recall so many of us getting sick at the same time as these past a couple of weeks. So, pray we do—every day! We pray for our sisters Devi and A-Chin; we pray for Tante May Ie and Tante Tina. And, we pray for the others who have had health issues for quite some time. We pray not only because we know God hears us, but also because we know our prayers make a difference in their lives—somehow, someway.

Pastor Paul[:]

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