September 14, 2018

Pray without ceasing - Bro. T. Stephen

Dearly beloved in Christ, I greet and bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord had given for you today is from the book of 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing”.

Prayer is a solemn request for help addressed to God. When you hold on to God’s word and pray to Him in an earnest manner, God will answer to our prayers. I wish to share my own experience with regard to the power of prayer.

Brother Joel whom I normally call as Uncle Joel is well known to me and he has a great love towards our ministry. Her daughter’s name is Priscilla who was born to them after sixteen long years. She is a beautiful, intelligent and well learned girl. Her marriage took place in Sri Lanka and I prayed and blessed her with happy married life. She went with her husband to live in Canada.

I happened to visit USA last March . When she heard that I was in Chicago, she decided to visit me with her husband. As he was a truck driver , they couldn’t afford to fly by air ways. So they traveled nine days by truck and reached Chicago. But it was difficult for her to reach my place. So I decided to meet her at her place. I went to meet her along with my friend. She believed that if she meets me and gets prayed, then surely God would bless her.

When I met her, it pained my heart. She looked rather darkened. She had lost all the glow and charm in her face. I embraced her husband and Priscilla and prayed for them with great burden. I couldn’t bear to see her in that situation. I prayed to God saying, “Lord how could you bear to see her in this condition? Lord, You are a God of compassion. I want you to bless this dear children”. I made three requests to God. The first one was to bless her with a Government job in Canada, and receive citizen ship. Secondly God to bless her with a child as she did not have a child for three years since she had been married. Thirdly to bless her husband with a job in a company as driving a truck was quite difficult and dangerous.

I prayed very earnestly for them and having blessed them I returned to Chennai. After a month I received the news that Priscilla had secured a Government job. Twenty days later, Uncle Joel called up and said that Priscilla was pregnant. And after another twenty days, Priscilla called up and said that her husband had secured a job in a transport company. God granted all the three requests within two months.

Today are you in tears yearning for a blessing in your life. Do not be worried. Our God is a loving God. God does not want to see you suffer and cause pain to you. He wants to set you in a high position according to Isaiah 58:14, “Then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken”.

The God whom you worship is truthful. He keeps His promise. He is an unchanging God. Surely your prayers will be answered and you will be blessed.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, I pray that my children will learn to pray sincerely and earnestly. Help them to fear God and walk in the ways of God. Make them to understand that it is their right to ask God, what they require. And may they realize that God is pleased to listen to the prayer of His children. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.

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