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(Un)answered Prayer

05/30/2011 Leave a comment

God has editing rights over our prayers. He will… edit them, correct them, bring them in line with His will and then hand them back to us to be resubmitted. ~Stephen Crotts

Last week, God granted and answered my prayer. To let my brother go into apprenticeship or on-the-job training (which I even asked my fiancee to pray the same) since it is one of the requirements in his studies for communications engineering. Wednesday night, my prayer was granted.  My brother was accepted and got into one of the leading telco company in our country. However, I would say that some of my prayers like to make rain stop from falling since my fiancee have their company outing did not stop as what I’ve expected (though I must admit, I can’t verify from my fiancée how heavy the rain was at that time). But one thing caught my attention which I got from Finest Quotes that made this post to have that opening statement.

For sure God “did listen and hear” my prayers but somehow it is not aligned with His will that He simply allow the rain to pour down… Disappointed, I still prayed, thinking of possible obstacles that resulted to unanswered prayer.  And then I realized… He wants me to depend more on him, making me more humble, continuously changing my perspective from my own to His.

Before I conclude my posts, I think it’s best to share below links I visited in understanding prayer.

  1. Getting Prayers Answered
  2. Three Keys to Answered Prayer
  3. The Correct Way to Pray
Glory to God, glory to Lord Jesus!
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Obstacles to Answered Prayer

05/25/2011 1 comment

Wow!  Just posted about answered prayer a while ago and a minute or two I received an email from Daily Devotions with Greg Laurie.

“Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.”

—Isaiah 59:1–2

Unconfessed sin and Idolatry is the reason why our prayers will go unanswered by God as stated in Psalm 66:18,

“If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”

So let me conclude my post from Greg’s message,

Is there someone or something that is more important to you than God himself? Anyone or anything that becomes more important to you than God can potentially become your idol. Any object, idea, philosophy, habit, occupation, or sport that has your primary concern and loyalty—or to any degree, decreases your trust and loyalty to God—could potentially become an idol. And it could stop your prayers from being answered.

An answered Prayer (#1)

05/25/2011 Leave a comment

Well, just jotting down the answered prayers by God.

 Last night, as I’m about to go home after school, rain poured heavily.  It’s so heavy that i can’t see the road (and even my surroundings) because it’s evening already plus the fact that it was raining.  But I prayed, giving glory and thanksgiving to my Lord and Creator.  I asked Him to let me and my family members go home first before raining continues.  I also prayed for my fiancée to arrive first in their office, just the same.  And He granted my prayers…

A very humbling experience.  Even before, I have made a lot of requests from Him and I know that from the bottom of my heart, He always answer my prayers even though I struggled a lot (spiritual arrogance).

As Bo Sanchez’s saying,

“Next time you pray any kind of prayer, whether it be for the resolution of healing, or for a house, or for a car, or for a husband, or for a family conflict, or for a solution to a problem, tell Him he can say yes or no. Because in the end, you’re a winner. Every time.”

Bo Sanchez (You Have The Power to Create Love)

Another favorite quote from a Danish Christian Philosopher,

“Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.”

Søren Kierkegaard

A simple as my request seems, but God still answers prayer — and that’s the bottom line.

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Jesus Christ is God’s Son

03/26/2009 Leave a comment

I received a letter from Global Media Outreach for the Weekly Prayer Focus. The Lenten season is near, though we should always do remember what God did for us, this is also a great time for us to re-think again, reflect and meditate how God’s Love revealed through our Lord Jesus Christ.  In this season I know some of us are in vacation or with our families but hope to remind that we can share to everyone, how really God embraced our own weaknesses and failures.

Jesus Christ is God’s Son. As we look at preparing for Easter this year, let us realize how wonderful it is that God’s Son came to die for us.

How can one man take on the sins of the whole world? An ordinary man could not do this — but Jesus is not just a man. He came to earth 2,000 years ago and was born of a virgin whose name was Mary. Jesus’ father is God. Jesus Himself existed with God from the beginning of time. “He was in very nature God.”

What is wonderful and amazing is that Jesus, the sinless son of God, came to earth and took punishment that He did not deserve. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but would have eternal life. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved.” Everyone on earth has sinned; God has laid on Christ the punishment for the sins of us all.

What we have to do is accept Jesus Christ as our savior; agree with God that we have sinned; and thank God that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. Without that, we are deserving of eternal death and punishment and separation from God. When we accept Jesus Christ, we are given the gift of eternal life — and forgiveness for all our sins! What a wonderful gift! How great is the love of God!

So this week, let us thank God

  • For sending His own Son Jesus to be our Savior
  • For allowing His Son to be crucified to pay the penalty for our sins
  • For His great love for us

God is so wonderful — He is willing to not hold our sins against us, but He wants us to be His sons and daughters. Let us live our lives in thankfulness to God.

Dear Father, we praise and give you thanks and honor for all the showered blessings and continuing love for humanity.  To the point of sacrificing your Son, bearing the pain of seeing Him beaten and hang in the cross; mocked and insulted — until death.  Abba Father, though it’s quite hard for us to comprehend all these things and Your mystery, what we all know that You love us, your sons and daughters.  May you allow us Father to help us grow in love, peace and compassion.  Help us to bear the pain and suffering, hurts, anxiety, misunderstandings in our midst.  Father, please give us a heart like your Son.  A heart that gives, forgives and forgets.  A spirit that is obedient to you.  Send us your Holy Spirit to be filled up with your power so that we may do your work and tell/share among our brethren about You and Your love.

All praises are yours Father together with the Holy Spirit and our Lord Jesus Christ, all glory are Yours now and Forever.  AMEN

Jesus and His Cross

03/22/2009 Leave a comment

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Today is Sunday, and I needed to go to the office in Eastwood City to brush up with my review materials (exam tomorrow) and the web application I am still coding up with and needed to be finished soon. I attended a mass this 5:00 PM in the chapel and the mass is all about the cross of Jesus Christ with a little bit of Israel’s history, its captors (Babylon and immediately the Persian Empire), the temple and about salvation brought by the Father through Jesus Christ. A few phrase of the introductory part of Sambuhay caught my attention.

Jesus is on the cross not only because of the work of evil men. Jesus is on the cross because the cross summarizes his life of giving, forgiving and loving. Jesus could have employed all possible means to crush his enemies and display his power as Son Of God. Instead he shows us that His power lies not in destruction and loving embrace of death so that its venom could be rendered powerless and Jesus’ love revealed to us.

Now I remembered all my sins and compared it to the Israel as a nation.  They did all abomination to the Lord – how they crushed God’s heart in leading a life astray – but, God continue to love the chosen nation even to the point that they killed His Son.  I was stunned and amazed how God is really full of mercy.  When I looked my sins, I feel so lowly that I cannot gaze His face.  That I keep asking for forgiveness and power to (re) gain my strength to continue what I started.  God gave me the power to stand up against the evil and continue living a holy life and trying to live His standards.  Yes, I am not a perfect human being, even that I surrendered by life to Him, I still commit sins and have more struggles after I become a Christian.  But deep within my heart I know and I believe God is there always for me. Will accompany me in the race that I am willing to be finished.   At the end of it, I can also say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)  Towards the end of the mass, I realized that, love is still the number the one weapon and it challenges me of what I still need to be done.  May God help me to enlighten and give me the courage to love my neighbor… even in the midst of danger, misunderstanding, and hatred.

Father, thank you for the life you gave.  Thank you for your Son Jesus, our Lord.  Thank you for your mercy and your love.  I’m sorry for all my sins, and all my sins are against your Holy Will.  Keep me standing amidst of hardships.  Empower me to continue to endure the “race”.  Help me to look up into the cross which Jesus carried in the way to Golgotha.  Help me persevere till the end that I might attain the heavenly place you prepared for me.  I pray for our families and our loved ones, our nation and the whole world.  Let your light shine continually upon us and share that light among us.  May the Church continue to be our family of “salt and light” that shows compassion, mercy and love towards our brethren.

Help us to be a part of it Father.  For your greater glory, in Jesus name I pray.  AMEN.

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