What is the real significance of Prayer

This is the first time I heard this story. It really spoke to me since this is how I view prayer and what the real answer to prayer is.

Pray Until Something Happens

Known as P.U.S.H this has been going around the Christian community for quite some time now, it is about a story of an old man who was tasked to PUSH against a rock as commanded by the Lord. For many years the old man toiled from sun up to sun down with his shoulders squarely set against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might.

At times, when we hear from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants. What God ACTUALLY wants is just simple OBEDIENCE and FAITH IN HIM. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it’s still God who moves the mountains. Discouragement began to set in his heart that the Devil started to put thoughts of doubts and discouragements in his thoughts but the Lord in His compassion was quick to the old man’s prayer and replied “My friend, when I asked you to serve Me— you accepted. I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all your strength— which you’ve done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push. And now you come to Me— with your strength spent, thinking that you’ve failed. But is that really so?”

“Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscular. Your back sinew is mighty. Your hands are callused from the constant pressure; and your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you’ve grown much and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. Yet you haven’t moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. This you’ve done. I, my friend, will now move the rock.”

The answer to our prayer will greatly depend on what we are praying for. But the answer to our prayers is simply God himself and not the solution to what we are praying for. When I say God himself, it is through the process of prayer that we get to know who God is, how He answers and how good He really is. For example, we might have been praying for a new job. I can think of three ways on the duration of how it can be answered.

Upon praying, you immediately get an answer.

  • During this time, you will really feel amazed at how God can put everything in place in such a short amount of time. Thus, you see how God is good and he hears your prayers. Through this situation you become much more aware of who God is and who He can really work things around for you.

It took some time, maybe months or years, but your prayer was answered.

  • It’s always hard to be in constant prayer while feeling God is not hearing or answering it. But if you push on and continue to trust him you develop patience, endurance and most especially your faith in Him.

It’s been years, and your prayer hasn’t been answered yet.

  • You might not really understand why. You have been praying for it for quite a long time already. You didn’t get what you want but you begin to trust Him that He knows better than you. Then, He answers you way totally than what you expected from Him. You realize, you really don’t know what you wanted – it was Him who answered it in the right time, place and way.

We have to see prayer as a process rather than an answer. The answer to prayer should always be God and the process is how our character will be tested and refined.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

We shouldn’t be anxious. But understand that the process of prayer should give us peace by learning to trust in a faithful God and thanking Him no matter what the outcome of our prayer is. The real significance of prayer is to draw near to the Lord and get to know Him more.

Let us join together in prayer waiting on God. We may get the answers immediately; we may not even get an answer at all. But as long as we push on prayer the answer that we will get is far greater than what we’ll expect and it is God working in and through us.

When was the last time you pushed in prayer and what was the result?

Rest in Him

 Things are piling up right now and I am really getting busy. I’m preparing my message on Saturday, monitoring the progress of registration for B1G8, establishing a system or process for the worship team, finishing all my deliverables in work and preparing for our Dgroup activity on Friday. And when things really get so busy and I feel overwhelmed by it, there is that still small voice speaking inside of me to withdraw from everything and pray. That is what Jesus did, after feeding five thousand people, he went away to pray.

46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.  (Mark 6:46)

 

It is in that moment of prayer that he strengthens me and reminds me to just focus on him. Even though there are so many things to do and my energy is being exhausted, if I focus my eyes on Him alone and think about his love for me – I am strengthened to continue the work.

Life can really get so busy, no doubt about it. That’s reality. But it’s also true that God wants to help you. He is willing to help carry you through. I have never realized this entirely until now. I have been too concerned with all the things that I need to do that I keep on praying about it to God. And in my requests and prayers, I feel I keep on bombarding Him with these that’s why he will help me. Not realizing that it’s not because I keep on asking that he will help me but because He wants to help me. He gave the invitation. He said “come to me all who are weary”.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

 

We just need to take the time to approach him in prayer, come with our request and rest upon his goodness and love. He loves us and wants to help carry our burden or tasks. He wants us to experience Him in the midst of all the concerns in life.

When was the last time you withdrew and just spent time in prayer? I would love to hear how the Lord gave you rest despite the busyness of life.

I’m happy for my sister

legaspi-sorongon-nuptialI can’t believe my dear sister just got married. I’m really glad she is happy and has found the right person that she will be spending her life with. With the years I spent trying to take care of her (even though at times it was the other way around) – I transfer the responsibility to someone who I can trust. I feel at peace knowing God is with them and working in and through them. I guess that’s it – I will truly miss my sister but I feel at peace because I know that it was God who brought them together. There is no greater joy for me than to see God glorified through their union.

I pray and wish them both the best. I will always be there for them. My prayers are with them always. The memory of their ceremony is something I will truly cherish.

Cheers to the new couple! I love you both!

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