Monday, 1 June 2015

The truth about prayer

Wrong ideas about prayer...

...well they range from asking for what you want, to expecting God to change His mind to match your plans, to maybe assuming prayer doesn't matter because He knows it all already... and no doubt you could add many, many more?

So what's the truth about prayer?
"Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me—but it is not my will, but yours, that must be done.” Luke 22:42

Well the truth is not that prayer twists His arm or changes God's mind, but instead that our prayer, produced and nurtured as it is by God Himself, becomes the way by which we can enter into God's 'mind'. So we end up by asking God to do what He had always planned to do, once He had got us to the point of asking Him to do it, with a genuine belief that He would.
If we really want to see God's power at work in answering our prayers (and let's face it there would be something a bit awry if we don't), our job is not to convince ourselves of the certainty of what we've just decided to ask for will happen, just because we've decided it will... No our job in prayer is instead to ask God, to seek His will, His desires about all the needs and issues that surround us and threaten to overwhelm us; then we can allow Him to show us just how to pray within His will so that we're genuinely praying - Your will be done!

June - July Prayer for Sierra Leone Mission

Sunday:  Pray for sincerity and unity among leaders of the Church and the Government of Sierra Leone as they execute their duties. That politics will have less influence in their duties of securing the welfare of the people, especially the very poor and needy and the ebola affected people and children in particular.

Monday: Ebola has still not gone out of Sierra Leone. Pray for God's intervention on the strategies to eradicate the disease.

Tuesday: Pray for Rev. Kelvin Mbayo who has been sick for over two years now of an undiagnosed condition in his throat. Pray for proper diagnosis and healing. Pray also for the Bishop of the Methodist Church of Sierra Leone who is suffering from a stroke that has taken him away from his duty.

Wednesday : We continue to pray for more funds for the completion of Bethesda building. This project upon completion will help alleviate the plight of a lot of suffering street children.

Thursday: Pray for the students at the Theological College, that they might become mighty leaders in the churches of S.L.

Friday: The children as they resume their studies and for the teachers. For safe passage of the next shipment

Saturday: Pray for the finances if the mission, that we may continue to support all we have promised so to do.