Prioritize Prayer


The Apostle Paul tells us in Colossians 4:2 to “devote yourself to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” In our pursuit of the right goals, we begin with the overarching goal of pleasing God. And then we should choose prayer as a priority. Though prayer, God gives us direction in life and that determines our destination. When we pray we should be ready for God to act!

But many of us think that we don’t have time to pray. This is a myth! If something is important, then we will have time for it

“The sign of prayerlessness is proof that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness.” — Andrew Murray

Jesus said in Luke 22:40, “Pray so that you won’t fall into temptation.”

As John Bunyan said, “Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.”

In 1 Samuel 1:1-28, we learn about the power of prevailing prayer. Hannah was childless and her rival, Peninnah, purposely provoked and irritated her year after year when they went to the temple to worship. We can learn from Hannah that our response to people and circumstances is our responsibility. She did not grumble. She did not blame others or retaliate in her distress. Instead, she prioritized prayer. “She, greatly distressed, prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly. She made a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life (v. 10- 11).” Hannah knew the Lord intimately. She called Him the Lord of Host. Our understanding of God determines our prayer life. She was specific in asking for a boy. She was expectant. After she prayed her countenance changed. She got up and ate and the next morning worshiped God. When we pray the first person changed is you. The Lord invites us in 1Peter 5:7 to cast all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.

God indeed answered Hannah’s prayer for a son, whom she named Samuel. It could have been difficult to give up her much awaited son but she willingly dedicated Samuel to the Lord as her covenant with God because she saw herself as His maidservant (v.10-11; 27- 28). We can never out give God. He took note of Hannah and blessed her again with three sons and two daughters; and the Lord used Samuel mightily in His work (v.2:21).

Prayer is not a ritual or a memorized script. Prayer is talking and listening to God, pouring out our heart to Him even in tears. Heart prayer is an honest, faith prayer and God listens. We can be assured that He will answer us in His time with either a yes, no, or wait. Whatever His answer, we can thank Him because God loves us and will give us the best. Like Hannah, we should pray honestly from the heart, specifically and expectantly! Thank God in advance for what He will do in response to your prayer! With God, there is no limit!

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Arm Yourself!


By Peping De Villa

Paul understands that we cannot win this war with Satan using our human strengths and capabilities. This is why he encourages us to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might”.
How is this possible? He continues by saying “take up the full armor of God”. As Christian warriors, we need to be fully equipped. We have to wear all of them. If you lack one, then you become vulnerable.

Are you wearing the full armor? Ask yourself the following questions.
Belt of Truth
Are your decisions and actions grounded on God’s truth?
Breastplate of Righteousness
Are you following God’s standard of righteousness or what the world dictates?
Shoes of the Gospel of Peace
Are you sharing the Good News of salvation to others?
Shield of Faith
Do you trust God in times of difficult and trying situations?
Helmet of Salvation
Are you being transformed into Christlikeness as a result and as an evidence of your salvation?
Sword of the Spirit.
Do you read God’s word daily?

Remember, when you are with God, Victory is assured!

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Are we living in the end times?


By Peping de Villa

Today we talked about what on earth is going on.

False prophets, wars and rumors of wars, calamities, famine, etc. Mathew 24 talks about these things which are occuring in more frequent intervals these days, just like birth pains. We definitely are living in the end times. We do not know when the end will come, but it is imminent.

One question you have to ask yourself is -Are You Ready?
…are you truly saved? Is there an evidence of your salvation?
…are you prepared to endure and run the race well during hard times?
…are you sharing Christ with others?

In the meantime, devote time to studying God’s Word. Put to heart His truth and promises so that your faith will be strengthened. This will enable you to…
…know for sure that you are truly saved,
…prepare yourself to endure during hard times, and
…motivate and empower you to share Christ with others.

Blessings!

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