Dr David van Gend, family, and the team need urgent and ongoing prayers

Dr David van Gend, his family, and the team at australianmarriage.org  need our urgent and ongoing prayers.

Please look at the link and make the need for prayer known. He has been battered by the press and this will be unrelenting. Physical danger cannot be dismissed. There will, no doubt, be those who report him to Medical Board. read: australianmarriage.org  “Now a former PM is trying to intimidate us”

How can it be:
that our MPs can ignore the evidence from overseas (and here) that enshrining same-sex marriage in law will be harmful for our society?

How can it be:
that so many of our church people cannot see that it would interfere with our right to bring up our children in accord with our beliefs? And interfere with our right to choose Christian teachers in our Christian schools?

How can it be:
that many Christians cannot see that it would even restrict our freedom to say – or even just admit – what we believe?

And ultimately result in increasing persecution against Christians including workplace advancement and even employment? And targeting of businesses where owners have dared to say – or even just admit – that they believe marriage should be between a male and a female and that children should ideally have both a mother and a father?


Dear Christian, please do not underestimate the severity of this spiritual attack on our faith and the future of the church in Australia and the future of our nation. It is an attack against our Creator God and His creation.

Once again I quote John Yates “the oppositional but complementary nature of heterosexual gender identity is written into the very framework of the order of the universe and the peak of the Creator’s genius. The challenge is far more profound than most Christians realise. This is a claim (for same-sex marriage) that God did not create His Image as male + female, it is an attack on the very existence and nature of God. The spiritual warfare around this issue is very intense.


REMEMBER, if we lose this battle it will be impossible to reverse it. For our children’s sake we must resist it and realise once again that

our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God…  and stand firm… and pray (Eph 6)
Also Read: chooselifeaustralia.org.au “Life Just a Reminder of How Serious this Battle SSM Is


Further important reading in case you have missed it.

There is increasing pressure on Labor Party to make voting for SSM binding: Read: thesaturdaypaper.com.au  “Pressure builds same sex marriage libs and alp”

But the “it’s time to bind” push has the support of some senior figures on the left. Deputy leader Tanya Plibersek backs a binding vote. Labor senate leader Penny Wong’s spokesman says: “Senator Wong’s longstanding position is that marriage equality should not be a matter of conscience, it should be Labor policy.”


Hatred of the Gospel is boiling over into the vilification of Christians.

State violence won’t be far behind, history teaches. John Zmirak  The Stream Read: stream.org  “Gay totalitarianism coming persecution christians”

If you have been following mass media over the past few days, you will have learned from an economist at the U.S. Department of Labor that defenders of religious freedom are “Nazis.” Take a moment to ponder that assertion. Roll it around in your head for a…

Equality and Coercion:
The Antipodes of Humanism Read: reformationministries.com.au  “Equality and coercion the antipodes of humanism”  Posted on March 10, 2015

Here, we enter upon the conundrum. We subtitled this article, The Antipodes of Humanism, and we did so for this reason – Humanism cannot reconcile its two great mantras!

…the fruit of Humanist philosophy is rancid, unpalatable, and poisonous. It does so precisely because it proves that the two great Humanist mantras of Religious Freedom and Equality are completely incompatible. It proves that Humanism cannot guarantee everybody’s freedom. At some point, a person’s ideology (religion) is going to clash with another’s ideology as the fruits of that ideology (actions) are put on display.


And now from the homosexual community:

Dear Gay Community: Your Kids Are Hurting

(I loved my mom’s partner, but another mom could never have replaced the father I lost.)

Read: thefederalist.com  “Dear gay community your kids are hurting” Posted 17, 2015 by Heather Barwick

We Are ‘Synthetic Children’ And We Agree With Dolce & Gabbana Read: thefederalist.com  “We are synthetic children and we agree with Dolce Gabbana” By Hattie Hart and Alana Newman  March 19, 2015

This past week has seen the outrage generated by parents of donor and invitro-fertilization children following a now-infamous Panorama magazine interview conducted with the fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana, wherein Domenico Dolce proclaimed, “You are born to a mother and a father — or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children.” 

 Also see doctors4family.com.au A safe place for our children! Lachlan Dunjey (Mob: 0407 937 513)

by Lachlan Dunjey. Resurrection Sunday, 5 April 2015. | Original Source: chooselifeaustralia.org.au   "Dr David van Gend his Family and the Team at australianmarriage.org Need Our Urgent and Ongoing Prayers"

Global Day of Prayer (World Day of Prayer) March 04, 2016

by Timothy Tay


Looking Back G O D P

Looking Forward W D O P
World Day of Prayer 
March 04, 2016 

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[1]WIN’s Robin Walker proudly unfurled the Aussie flag at the GDOP 10th anniversary conference in Cape Town [top].What started 10 years ago as a combined church gathering in Cape Town, South Africa, for prayer is now the single largest non-denominational prayer movement.

 On May 23 2000, Pentecost Sunday, over 400 millions prayed in churches and public halls in all 200+ nations on earth.
In Perth, there were churches and prayer groups involved on the day but the one at Curtin University, anchored by Zion Praise Harvest, is worth mentioning here. The senior pastor, Patrick Chen, wrote, “We had a great time. There were great participation from many churches and organisations. The worship & prayer atmosphere was awesome!.”


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[2]Graham Power G D O P started humbly when Graham Power, a businessman and a new convert, asked some church pastors with childlikeness candor on why can’t Christians get together to pray in his city considering the precarious situation the city was facing.


At that time South Africa was just a few years free from the Apartheid era. Graham was happy to report that the last bombing in his city happened just days before the prayer gathering 10 years ago and there is no repeat ever since. With the success of the initial 45,000-strong attendance at the city’s rugby stadium the event was repeated in many cities, some with 100,000s in attendance, all over the world in a short few years.

Edmund Chan from Singapore said that there is no other event in Singapore that unify the churches in his city in such a way and in such a scale as the GDOP event. Hong Kong, Jakarta and many other cities around the world reported similar experience.

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[3]GDOP Perth 2007 In Perth in 2007 the GDOP event drew a few thousands into Challenge Stadium for prayer under the theme of forgiveness and reconciliation between the indigenous people and the rest of the Australian communities.

What followed were some remarkable events – the first declaration of ‘Sorry’ by the prime minister of Australia following a surprise victory in the general election that year, a noticeable and positive shift in the national conscience towards the first people of Australia and the beginning of some bold attempts to put all of these into practice like the Generation One initiative.

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
(2 Ch 7:14 -G D O P’s guiding verse from the Bible)

References

1 WIN’s Robin Walker proudly unfurled the Aussie flag at the GDOP 10th anniversary conference in Cape Town [top].
2 Graham Power
3 GDOP Perth 2007

Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done

By Pastor Teresa Tay 

I have been spiritually challenged for the past months by this statement – 

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done

One day I was introduced to a lady by a friend of mine. What disturbed me was the way I was introduced by my friend. She said, ‘This is my good friend Teresa. She is a prophet.’ The lady said, ‘Excellent, she can pray for us.’ I was utterly shocked with such an introduction. Fear, feelings of inadequacy entered my mind and I felt sick in the stomach.

your_kingdom-01The next morning I woke up with a song in my heart on ‘Our Lord’s Prayer’.

The line ‘Your Kingdom come Your will be done stayed in my mind for some time and I sensed God was saying something important to me; I taught this prayer so my disciples will know the Fatherhood of God. I taught them to pray first about the thing that concerns the Father’ heart so they will act with my Kingdom mentality’.

There is only one Way

He carried on to speak to me from Matthew 26, where Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Matt 26: 38 | – My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death….

v39 | – … He fell on His face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.

v42 | – a second time Jesus prayed, ‘My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.’

v44 | – once more He prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

Jesus must be asking the Father, “Is there any other way to bring redemption Father?”. But there is no other way because He is the way.

The Lord said to me,

When I prayed your will be done, my mind was focused on my Father’s plan, to save and redeem all man. At such a time of agony, I was thinking of my Father’s love. It was that love that helped me to stay committed to my Father’s plan. The thought of victory that would follow after my death gave me the strength to endure the pain.

He said,

Notice I said ‘Our Father’, not ‘My Father’. I expect my people to have a sense of community in their prayer. I was teaching my disciples not to think of themselves only but think about the well-being of others both in prayer and in the things they do.

As I pondered on this, I think of what the Lord said in:

Mat 22:37-40 | Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments

We are saved us so that we would know the Father’s love. I believe God’ desire is that He will be the lover of our souls. Everything we do and say has to be birthed out of that divine love in our heart and that can only come out of an intimate relationship with Him. If we know Him and His love deeply, we will know His heart for others. The deeper we experience His love, the more His love will be imparted in us for others because the very nature of God is LOVE.

Your Kingdom Come

The Lord asked me, ‘What does your kingdom come your will be done mean?’ I said, ‘It means letting go of my own desires, my ideas and my plans. It means knowing and embracing your heart’s desire and acting in obedience to carry out your desire and your will.’ He said to me, ‘Do it then. Am I not sending you?’.

A huge sense of responsibility came upon me, I felt if I would not pray for that lady due to fear, then I really cannot sincerely pray ‘Our Father, let your Kingdom come let your will be done’. I felt convicted that day to pray His kingdom come; His will be done means to be obedient when God requires me to do anything that is on His heart, for anyone and at any time.

I came to the conclusion that if I pray Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done, I have to cooperate with our God.  It means stepping out of my own limitations and understanding, avail myself to be a vessel God can use. The ability to do the job will follow the step of obedience I take.

Kingdom of God is within you

Jesus said to His disciples :

Luke 17:21 | – “…the Kingdom of God is within you

The word kingdom speaks of “the domain of a king.” It also carries the meaning of “a realm or region where there is rulership by something or someone.”

So, the kingdom of God, or the domain of God, exists inside every  believer: the reign of God is within us.

To pray Our Father, let Your kingdom come Your will be done, we have to see ourselves as partners of Christ doing His will and His purposes. How is God going to do His will unless His people align themselves to His will? As far as the kingdom is concerned, it has to begin with us. The Lord’s prayer is a prayer for the church to be His Kingdom builders.

Application Time

I have been so challenged by it that ever since and often enough I prayed this simple prayer,

Lord let your kingdom come let your will be done here.

As a result many miracles happened. God’s Kingdom is indeed about bringing salvation, healing, and deliverance for all. It is about transforming life.

I am convinced that the time has come for the Lord to release the mantle for signs and wonders on His people not just only in church services but also in the workplaces, at homes, in the hospitals, at shopping centers and on the streets. With the anointing comes responsibility. God is looking for vessels He can trust, He can use. We are a channel of God’s presence in the world; we are called to be Kingdom builders in this world.

This calls for a lifestyle of deep intimacy with Him. As we walk in deep intimacy with the Lord we carry heavenly atmosphere wherever we go.

May your life be completely surrendered to Christ even dying to self as if you are offering a daily living sacrifice – the very essence of the Lord’s Prayer.

Lords Prayer

Key: (LP) = Lord’s Prayer

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.[1]This section of the LP involves a number of details of interpretation concerning the actual words which Jesus spoke. The King James Version of the Bible ended the prayer with ““For thine is the … Continue reading

by Dr. John Yates

Introduction

Two weeks ago a mentally disturbed father murdered his 11 year old son, this week a 15 year old bashed his infant child senseless. My own exhausting week began with the need to confront someone with allegations of child abuse, moved through dealing with a host of other problems, including the news of a young Christian wife and mother attempting suicide, and climaxed with trying to find ways to help a homeless family of 6 who I met camped out by the river last evening.  The petition “Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.” has lost none of its urgency. Temptation and evil are not “out there”; they are close at hand.[2]Jesus was no idealist, never once did he indicate that he thought that human beings are “basically good” for from the beginning he knew what our race would do to him [Mark 7:21-23; John 6:64].

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn puts this very pointedly; “If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

Such sober reflections are necessary but must not have the final word, James confidently says, “Count it all joy…when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4, ESV). James’ confidence lies in the victory of Christ over all evils.

Our Trial and Temptation[3]Many English translations of the LP read ““And lead us not into temptation…”” [Matthew 6:13, ESV]. Other contemporary versions have changed these words to ““Save us from the time of … Continue reading

The key Greek word in the petition “Save us from the time of trial” [peirasmos] can be translated “trial”, “test” or “tempt” depending on the context. Trials and testings fill the pages of the Bible.

Adam and Eve were on trial in Eden, Abraham was tested when asked to sacrifice Isaac, Israel was tested by their wilderness experience, David was tested when he sighted Bathsheba bathing …with considerable insight Job says God visits us every morning and “tests us every moment”.[4]If ever there was a man exposed to the trials of life it was Job, because of his tribulations Job exhibits great insight into the human condition when he says, ““What is man, that you make so … Continue reading

 Jesus himself “was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (Matt 4:1).[5]Without such testing he would have been unable to help those tested cf. Heb 4:14-15.

 Marriage struggles, illness, financial stresses, losing a job, being let down by friends, disappointment with the Church… these are all trials that test our faith. Let me share one of my trials.

I was studying in Brisbane some years ago and ministering in a voluntary capacity in a small daughter church. The congregation put forward a request to the rector of the parish that they fund my rent so I could move into the local neighbourhood and be more available to pastor them. Soon after this I found a note in my letter box from the rector. Without prior discussion or prayer the note stated that I no longer had permission to minister in the daughter congregation and our family were no longer welcome to worship in the parish.

The impact of that communication was pretty drastic and certain events of high drama followed. Yet in the midst of this sorrowful trial I went into the forest and prayed to the Lord, “I have nowhere to minister, I don’t even have a church where my family can worship, but if I have you I have everything.” I praise God for that trial because it brought to the surface where my heart really was. As Peter says, “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:6-7, ESV). Some trials however seem utterly overwhelming.

Novelist Eli Wiesel survived the Holocaust but his faith did not. He tells this story.

“During the hanging of a child, which the camp is forced to watch, he hears someone ask: Where is God? Where is he? Not heavy enough for the weight of his body to break his neck, the boy dies slowly and in agony. Wiesel…weeps. Behind me, I heard the same man asking: Where is God now? And I heard a voice within me answer him: … Here He is – He is hanging here on this gallows.”

For Wiesel the agonising death of the child means the death of God; the story of a loving covenant God is a fiction. If we are honest the world’s traumas are totally overwhelming, and our only hope for the triumph of good is found in the life of Jesus.

The Trial of Jesus

Jesus greatest trial begins in Gethsemane and climaxes on the cross. At the height of his Passion Jesus was so weakened that he could perform no miracle nor could he preach, but he had strength to petition God. As Hebrews says, “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his godly fear.” (Hebrews 5:7).

Jesus trusted the Father in the great trial of the cross and was delivered by the power of the resurrection. In company with Christ painful trails will daily beset us and resurrection power is made available to deliver us (Phil 3:10). But to experience the resurrection victory of the Lord we must turn to him as the only one with the power to deliver us from the control of evil (Rom 8:11; 2 Cor 1:10). Only Jesus can teach us about the dreadful power of evil in such a way that we are moved to desperately prayer to the Father to save us. For only Jesus has ever come to terms with the full measure of wickedness.

Deliver us from Evil[6]Translators struggle over whether this petition should read “deliver us from the evil one” i.e. the devil, or “deliver us from evil” i.e. evil in general. Both are possible and largely … Continue reading

The presence of evil was so powerful in Gethsemane that Jesus said, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” (Matthew 26:38, ESV). Christ’s holy soul was being crushed to death there and then (cf. John 12:27). At the hour of his most severe trial all the powers of demonic and human evil fell climactically upon him[7]eg. Isa 52:13-53:12; Rom 8:3; 2 Cor 5:21; Col 2:15; 1 Pet 2:24 etc. and Jesus uttered this most dreadful cry from the cross, ““My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”” (Mark 15:34). This is a cry from the depths of Christ’s heart to be delivered from the abhorrent presence of evil in all its forms.[8]Habakkuk 1:13 is as true for the Son as it is for the Father, “You…are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong,

 If it were not for the power of the Spirit at work in Jesus’ own life he certainly would have succumbed to the temptation to come down from the cross (Mark 15:30; Heb 9:14).[9]The issue of whether it was actually possible for Christ to sin is a hotly debate done. My opinion is that Jesus’ union with the Spirit made sin impossible. But as a human being he only discovered … Continue reading

 Jesus’ trials speak to us today.

It was in Gethsemane that Jesus warned his disciples, ““Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation”” (Luke 22:40, 46). Instead of praying the disciples fell asleep for they lacked the supernatural strength which alone makes obedience possible in the hour of trial;  as the Lord said, ““The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”” (Mark 14:38). What transpired next perfectly illustrates our urgent need to persistently pray, “deliver us from evil”. When Jesus is arrested in the Garden no one stood with him in his trial, “all the disciples left him and fled” (Matt 26:56). You and I have fled Jesus many times.

The time of trial, when we abandon Jesus for the sake of our own lives, may come in the crisis of a marriage, a financial emergency, a family tragedy, a church quarrel, a time of sickness or a career situation. When people are ridiculing the name of God and we remain silent, when an opportunity presents itself to speak the gospel and we are afraid to open our mouths, when we close our hearts to the poor or can’t find time to listen to the lonely, when Jesus calls us to pray and we stay in bed or watch TV instead, these are all times of trial when our faith is tested and found wanting. Here is where it gets really tough.

We can never pray “deliver us from evil” with urgency unless we have a sense of evil in themselves. Paul describes a titanic struggle going on within him when he says, v24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? v25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom 7:24-25). Then in Galatians, v16 “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. v17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.” (Galatians 5:16-17). The ongoing struggle between the Holy Spirit and the evil which resides in us is a sign of a mature Christian life and the essential prerequisite for the prayer, “deliver us/me from evil”.

Whose Kingdom, Power and Glory?

If Satan tempts us to destroy us, God tests us to glorify us. This is the importance of the familiar liturgical ending of the LP; “For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.” These words wonderfully sum up the central motivation of the LP and express the reason why we were created – for the glory of God (Isa 43:6-7).

The most influential Christian book this century begins with the words, “It’s not about you”.[10]The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, which has sold 60 million copies.

 All spiritual growth comes through living for God’s glory instead of living for ourselves. Jesus’ taught his disciples; ““Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?””” (Luke 24:26). We all need to understand that the only way to eternal life comes through standing in the hour of trial.

Conclusion

In Gethsemane a grieved and exhausted Jesus spoke to his disciples, ““So, could you not watch with me one hour?”” (Matt 26:40). Today we are being called not only to pray to Jesus but to pray with Jesus .[11]Who is interceding NOW [Rom 8:34; Heb 7:25].

To pray that the power of evil be broken – in your church, in suburb, and beyond. To respond to such a burning challenge each of us must feel the urgency to be delivered from our own personal evil (cf. Luke 5:8).

Perhaps you have never come to Jesus, to quote his own words, as the only one with the power to save you “from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world.” (Rev 3:10 cf. Rev 2:11; John 17:15). This is the trial of the Last Judgment. If you have never asked Jesus to deliver you from evil in your own life you urgently need to do so today.

Others of us need to recognise anew that the depth of our intimacy with God and our authority to minister to others flows from how deeply we are trusting Christ to overcome trial, temptation and evil each day.[12]Peter understood these things, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you … Continue reading

We too must ask Jesus to reveal our unfaithfulness in the times of trial and expose the evil which is in us.

The Lord will never expose sin in order to condemn us, but to prove that he indeed has the power to

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.

Let us stand together today in the victory of the cross for the glory of God.

To do anything else is simply too exhausting.

References

1 This section of the LP involves a number of details of interpretation concerning the actual words which Jesus spoke. The King James Version of the Bible ended the prayer with ““For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”” All contemporary translations omit this on the basis of its absence from the oldest Greek manuscripts and the earliest commentaries on the LP by the Church Fathers available to us today. This ending of the prayer is however found in very ancient liturgies and has worked its way into the heart devotion of millions of Christians over the centuries.
2 Jesus was no idealist, never once did he indicate that he thought that human beings are “basically good” for from the beginning he knew what our race would do to him [Mark 7:21-23; John 6:64].
3 Many English translations of the LP read ““And lead us not into temptation…”” [Matthew 6:13, ESV]. Other contemporary versions have changed these words to ““Save us from the time of trial..””. The change is mainly due to the fact that “lead us not into temptation” sounds like God himself might tempt us. This contradicts James chapter 1, “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.” (James 1:13-14).
4 If ever there was a man exposed to the trials of life it was Job, because of his tribulations Job exhibits great insight into the human condition when he says, ““What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him, visit him every morning and test him every moment? How long will you not look away from me, nor leave me alone till I swallow my spit?”” [Job 7:17-19, ESV cf. Ps 11:4-5]
5 Without such testing he would have been unable to help those tested cf. Heb 4:14-15.
6 Translators struggle over whether this petition should read “deliver us from the evil one” i.e. the devil, or “deliver us from evil” i.e. evil in general. Both are possible and largely overlap. In order to avoid the temptation to say, “The devil made me do it”, which is to externalise evil,  the version “deliver us from evil” is preferable.
7 eg. Isa 52:13-53:12; Rom 8:3; 2 Cor 5:21; Col 2:15; 1 Pet 2:24 etc.
8 Habakkuk 1:13 is as true for the Son as it is for the Father, “You…are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong,
9 The issue of whether it was actually possible for Christ to sin is a hotly debate done. My opinion is that Jesus’ union with the Spirit made sin impossible. But as a human being he only discovered this after his testing.
10 The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, which has sold 60 million copies.
11 Who is interceding NOW [Rom 8:34; Heb 7:25].
12 Peter understood these things, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” [1 Peter 4:12-14  ESV].

Facing the Storms of Life

by Rev Gary Green
Four Corner Ministries

 

Hebrews 6:16-20 (ESV

16 For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 
 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20  where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
 

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Jeremiah’s Prayer

by Timothy Tay

23 Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own;
it is not for them to direct their steps.

24 Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure—
not in your anger,
or you will reduce me to nothing.

25 Pour out your wrath on the nations
that do not acknowledge you,
on the peoples who do not call on your name.

For they have devoured Jacob;
they have devoured him completely
and destroyed his homeland. 
(Jeremiah 10:23-25)

Jeremiah understood and knew God; that He is the Lord who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth (9:23-24).

When a man chooses to direct his own steps without God he is walking in darkness perils.

However, if the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand (Psalms 37:23-24).

Correct me, LORD, but only with justice because the anger of God is a consuming fire destroying everything in its path.

As God is a God of justice there is a price to be paid for sin. But God too is a God of mercy, therefore a sincere appeal for His clemency and grace will not go unheeded. Made this in no uncertain way by calling on the name of Jesus Christ – for salvation comes by no other name in heaven (Acts 12:4).

The first half of Jeremiah’s prayer is in the first person but from the context it is clear that he is praying on behalf of his nation, Israel.

He who is the Portion of Jacob . . . the Maker of all things, including Israel, the tribe of his inheritance (v16).

The prayer concludes with a warning against any nation that poured scorn and death wish on Israel will face the God of Israel who in His justice will bring down judgment against the nations that defy Him and ridiculed His chosen ones.

Over the past year there is a distinctive cold wind that is blowing against Israel from unlikely source. The once staunch allies in the West are now reviewing their support.

Sadly the benediction, I will bless those who bless you (Gen 12:3), coincidentally appears to be fading too from these nations.

Where will Israel’s help come from?

The Christian Church. Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel, sensing the growing loneliness of his nation, had declared that Israel “has no better friends in the world” than Christians who love and support Israel.[1]Posted on Breaking Christian News Apr 7 2008 | | |

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
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References

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Prayer for Sin City

by Charles Slack

Prayer grammar

Regarding prayer to God, the little preposition, “to” is unique and important – obviously our prayers go to him or they don’t go; they don’t avail.  No other preposition will do.

But prayers are also “about” or “for” someone or something.  The English language has many other prepositions (in, on, into, over, outside, inside, toward, etc.)  So regarding prayer “for” the city of Perth, 45 or 50 different prepositions can replace “for” and make sense.  Most are straightforward and easy to visualize, prayer around the city, prayer across the city, or among, along, before, beyond…etc.  But even the odd ones are instructive.  Imagine “prayer underneath the city.”  One thinks perhaps of early believers down in catacombs.  Or maybe by some miracle a city becomes a Godly covering and Christians pray under its aegis.  Wouldn’t that be wonderful!  I’ll leave it to you to figure what it might mean to “pray up and down the city”, “pray after the city” or “pray out the city”.

Prayer from vs. prayer for

Recently playing the preposition game gave me an insight as to why the city of Perth has not yet been transformed by God even though righteous Christians have prayed fervently (some unceasingly) for its transformation.  Some prayer groups, even big, interdenominational ones, are showing signs of weariness.  Why?  What could be holding back God’s hand?

The answer in terms of prepositions is that the prayers have been for the city not from it.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that any prayers have been wasted.  Fervent prayer by righteous people works wonders (James 5:16) and is required.  But in transforming a city like Perth, God says he also wants to hear from the unrighteous, those who have “wicked ways” and sins that need forgiving.  He wants to hear from those who have not yet “sought his face”.  In particular, he says he wants to hear from Christians who may be in denial of their calling.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God says the heretofore unrepentant must pray.  KJV reads, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  Notice he doesn’t mean only already-convicted Christians like you and me.  He doesn’t say “just my people who by now believe in me” or “which already call themselves by my name”.  He also means those designated as believers even though they may deny it and call themselves something else, agnostics, other religions, New Agers or whatever.  He means the many that are “called” not just the “chosen few”.  He wants to hear from his Whole City – you, me and them – including those who have not (yet) humbled themselves, sought his face or turned from wicked ways.

So for God to forgive the sins of Perth and heal the land, it’s not enough for you and me to pray for Perth.  That’s for starters.  Now we must persuade and promote prayer from the unchurched, unsanctified, unrepentant, unbelieving, unwashed who, consciously or unconsciously, conceive or suspect that they might possibly have been called by the name of the Lord.  Maybe they were too preoccupied at the time.  Maybe they were too young to fully appreciate.  Maybe they didn’t entirely want to be called by that Name.  Maybe they were drunk or stoned.  Well, now is the time to come out of the closet of denial and into the prayer closet.

Our job, yours and mine, is to provide the means, the opportunities, the events, the venues, and the stimulus for the unrepentant to pray.

Will they do it if given the opportunity?

I firmly believe that deep down, underneath the rejection and rebellion, they know who they are.  When asked, they will often admit that they might in some way be Christian…whatever.  Furthermore, they know their current belief systems (or lack thereof) are no cause for great joy.  Something important is missing.  Their world-views are inadequate.  Their good-times are not that great.  Their bad days are getting worse.  Some are in worldly trouble as rents go up, relationships come apart, pregnancies get aborted, credit-cards max out, young ones get bullied, teens get stoned (and stabbed).  Perth is not the nice place it used to be.  Anti-depressants, low-fat diets, gym memberships, cocaine, counseling and anger-management aren’t working.  In fact it’s all not working – and they know it.  Even those who don’t believe may think it wouldn’t hurt to pray, say for example, that the grandchildren won’t get molested and become sex-addicts.  It is a worry isn’t it?  What harm could a prayer do?

Repentance

Of course the sinner’s prayer is the ultimate, asking Jesus to forgive our faults.  But prayer of any kind can be a step in the right direction.  Those who come to pray for need may stay to pray for repentance.

So our job, yours and mine, is to provide the means for us to humble ourselves and pray with the city so that prayers to God come from the city, from sin-city, itself.

It begins small:  I know an evangelist in Auckland who puts a street sign every Friday outside a Christian book shop reading “Free Prayer Inside for any need”.  Last year, among other miracles from his effort, two homeless men now walk with the Lord and pray with others.  One already has a job and an apartment.  My friend’s “Free-Prayer Ministry“ is growing and multiplying.  Keep it up and we’ll have not just “city prayer” but “Prayer City” as in “Radio City” or “Circuit City”.

Perth City Prayer

Wednesdays 12 noon to 1 pm, 97 William Street, Church in the City Offices, Queen’s Chambers, Level 1.

We gather and greet from 12:00-12:10 PM, sing and praise until 12:25 PM.  A brief testimony until 12:35.  Group Prayer and private prayer for individuals with pressing needs until closing before 1 PM.

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