Sunday, December 20, 2009

Just talked with a dear friend over the phone. We encouraged one another, shared testimonies and prayed for one another. Deeply refreshed. One quote my friend shared with me: "We should spend more time talking with God about people's issues, than talking with people about their issues."

:) And about being led by the Holy Spirit... "There is a time for everything; it's just we don't know what time it is!"

Oh, let's be more and more dependent on God in prayer. Let's learn to rely on His leading in more and more situations. Let's ASK the Lord...

Well... come to think of it, probably quite a lot of people are discouraged from praying, even though they know the power of prayer. Just want to encourage you, don't worry. Just pray short short also can. The key thing is that we know that God cares - and He hears. Pray with faith. And pray in the Spirit with all kinds of requests and on all kinds of occasions! You'll see God work in ways too wonderful to imagine. It's like a soldier issuing a short, sharp radio burst for an artillery barrage. The power of the radio burst lies not in how long, or how loud, the soldier speaks, but how big the artillery shells are. And the more specific the coordinates, the more useful the barrage becomes. We often pray so generally and generically - "World peace, amen." - that it covers everything and accomplishes nothing. Throw here, throw there. Cannot lah. Try praying as exactly as you can, and you'll see more clearly how God can work! :)

And don't have to wait till a better time to pray. Why not just whisper a quick prayer right now, before you forget? You can follow up with a more detailed prayer after that. But pray, and pray often. Keep in touch with God always. Because He has commanded that we are to pray, so that He may act in response.

O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

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