Last week Rev. James Ananda Kumar spoke about the significance of prayer for an individual as well as for fellowship to grow in spiritually. He reminded us that, when we pray in one accord with one heart we can see the miracles.
Colossians 4:2 tells us “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;” when we pray If we follow these three ways we see the miracles of God. Colossians 4:12; Thessalonians 5:16-18; Luke 18:1 tells us to pray fervently, without ceasing or grieving, for this is the will of God. Hence prayer is a communion between God and man. It brings victory, making us more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Prayer changes our lives and situations. The first Church was born after praying( On Pentecost)).. Apostle Paul describes in Hebrew 4:14-16 that we have a great high priest Jesus, the son of God and we need to boldly pray at his throne of grace. Through prayer God reveals many things (Acts 22:17). And he is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (psalm 46:1)…Continue Reading
Pastor gave the example of Daniel, who prayed not for himself but for Jerusalem (Daniel 9:20). He was presenting all the supplications by confessing sins on behalf of his people.Then the angel of God came to him in swift flight to give him wisdom and understanding . Our God is a prayer answering God and His grace is beyond our understanding. In a church we can see three kinds of people. 1. Carnal. 2.Natural. 3. Spiritual. Carnal and natural people pray but they do not believe. Spiritual people pray and believe.
Finally, Pastor has ended his sermon by giving Jacob’s example from Genesis 32:24 -31. He showed us five things that Jacob brought before God at Penile.
1. V/s 22-23 says, Jacob came before God by emptying himself. He became zero before God. (Mark 10:28-31)-emptiness
2. V/s 24 says, he came alone to his presence. He was left alone. A lonely heart. (Isaiah 51:2)- loneliness
3. V/s 25 says, he came with a broken heart and pleads the god to bless him. God struck him on his thigh (the strongest part of the body) and all his pride and selfishness has gone. -brokenness
4. V/s 26 says, he came with a great repentance. He wrestled with God for blessings as he knew that blessing would only come from Him. (Hosea 12:3-4)- repentance
5. V/s 27-28 says, God asked his name and he answered “Jacob” (deceitful). He did not lie and then God gave him a new name Israel and through him the entire nation received blessings. –truthfulness
In v/s 31, it is described as “then the Sun rose”, a new beginning to his new life in truth with God.
So we need to realize this is the time to bow down our knees at the feet of Jesus and pray for a change for our lives and welcome him, the Holy Spirit into our hearts.
Finally, appeal was made to introspect ourselves and challenged us with a question “How much time are we spending with God?”