Power in Prayer

Today we will look at a powerful prayer in the book of Acts. It can be read in its entirety in Acts 4:23-31 In the first half of chapter 4, we read that Peter and John were preaching the gospel and performing great miracles when they were brought before the Sanhedrin and threatened to stop teaching and healing in the name of Jesus. The Sanhedrin wanted to go beyond just threatening Peter and John but they did not, because the people were praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had witnessed. So, they were given a stern warning and … Continue reading Power in Prayer

Faithful and Faith-Full

Romans 12:12-13 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. I had a moment of fear and panic a couple of days ago. To be honest it was more than a moment. With all that is going on, I think every one can relate to having moments of strength and moments that we allow our weakness, helplessness and fear to dominate our thoughts. I had heard that a colleague from my husband’s work, who was on contractual work will be let go at the end of the month. … Continue reading Faithful and Faith-Full

Doubts

The last week has been quite a difficult week in terms of news about family and friends. We as a family heard within the span of a week, two serious health diagnosis and a death. First, we got to know that my husband’s uncle got diagnosed with a brain tumour. The scan revealed quite a large one and the doctors insisted on immediate surgery prior to a biopsy. The second, a friend of my husband who studied with him passed away quite unexpectedly. I cannot imagine what his family will be going through. And third, a friend from church (her … Continue reading Doubts

Intentional Habits

I am a creature of habit. Doing things impulsively or just for the heck of it is just not my style. I just tend to like the predictable familiarity of a routine.  As it is still summer holidays here in Australia, my usual routine during school time does not exist at the moment. And I find that spending time in the word requires conscious effort especially during this time for me.  We all tend to have habits that either we have consciously developed or have just slipped into over time. Have you ever had the experience of driving on a … Continue reading Intentional Habits

More Than Words

The Lord’s prayer, commonly known and widely used in worship, is said often and many a times by rote. It is ironic that Jesus gave us these words to teach us how to pray so that prayer would not be reduced to a ritualistic recital of certain choice words and yet these words are often recited without much thought. I grew up frequently reciting the Lord’s prayer and must admit that when I was young, have done so without giving it too much of thought. Later on, as I grew in my spiritual journey, I paused and looked hard at … Continue reading More Than Words

In the Face of Worry

Response to an emotion can be very varied but experiencing basic emotions is very universal and shared by all. Worry is one such emotion that is not exclusive and is so very real. As Christians, we are not exempt from the trials and troubles of life nor are we ensured an unchallenging journey. So yes, we all do feel the weight of worry from time to time. The things we worry about are neither insignificant or inconsequential, it is human nature to lean into getting concerned and be disquieted. But we have to be mindful to not allow ourselves to … Continue reading In the Face of Worry

Be Still My Anxious Heart

Few of us are strangers to feeling anxious from time to time. It can creep in and infiltrate into our life and often overwhelmingly so. Last week, a friend’s daughter had a health scare. Initial tests were done resulting in a call back from her doctor about the results with the dreaded “Urgent” attached to it. You can only imagine what my friend was feeling. She always says that she excels at “catastrophising” and has to actively keep her anxious thoughts in check with supernatural help. This situation was one of those times when one worrying though tumbles into another … Continue reading Be Still My Anxious Heart