Prayer Email archive:
(01/12/2003) approaching the new year with an attitude
|Hello prayer warriors,
1. Special note:
i. Votes increasing
Thank you again for fellow members and fellow voters
of the site. Since our last email, the average votes
have been increasing and I'd like to thank again for
people who are faithfully voting everyday.
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ii. Pray for the site
Guys and gals, we have all been blessed by the site.
Please pray for the site regularly. There was a time
when we started when the web hosting provider refused
to support the site. It's complicated but just take a
moment to lift up the site and its members. Now, we've
changed to Interland as the web-hosting provider and
the service has been good. But it's good to pray.
2. Prayer note: approaching the new year with an
First of all, I'd like to wish everyone Happy New Year
and welcome to the new year 2003.
Every new year is a good time for new resolutions. But
as we get older, sometimes the zeal and desire to
create effective change becomes lesser. Sometimes, as
we grow older, our "light" becomes dimmer and we
approach the world with a sceptical view. If our plans
and desires have not been fulfilled, we tend to lose
hope every year until one day, you do not have the
courage to hope anymore.
Well, I have good news for you. It's old news but it's
applicable every year. God's plans for us haven't
changed. Even when we feel hopeless, He still says in
His Word that He has planned good things in our lives.
His plans for us is to prosper us and believe me, when
God says prosper, He means in every aspect of our
[Jeremiah 29:11-14] ...
11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the
LORD , "plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me,
and I will listen to you.
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with
all your heart.
14 I will be found by you," declares the LORD , "and
will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you
from all the nations and places where I have banished
you," declares the LORD , "and will bring you back to
the place from which I carried you into exile."
The question is why we still despair? Someone told me
recently that he feels that his life was in a
shambles. His career doesn't seem to be going his way.
He is still struggling with an ailment which has
plagued him for some time. He doesn't see himself
contributing positively to others, etc. etc. He's not
even sure whether God exists or God cares.
Strangely, the advice that I gave him was not my usual
advice. I just told him that his problem was that he
2 Praise the LORD , O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
So, now you've guessed it what it is that he has
easily forgotten. I reminded him of the business deals
that God has brought his way. I reminded him of the
family and friends that God has given him, of how God
took him out of his debt, etc. Sometimes, we look for
God in the spectacular (in supernatural ways), but
when God blesses us and turns around situations, we
easily forget because to us, that is not spectacular
enough. You don't have to see the blind see, or the
lame walk to see God in action. You just have to
reflect positively on the good things in life to see
God in action in your life.
So, what is the missing attitude that most of us have?
It is the attitude of gratitude. We become miserable
when we focus on what we don't have and not on what we
have. When you are sick, you will be glad if you can
walk and breathe and smell the roses without
experiencing any pain and discomfort. That is one
reason to be thankful. I have so many reasons to be
thankful. We just have to reflect and as the psalmist
says "Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not ALL
his benefits, who forgives all your sins and heals all
your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and
crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies
your desires with good things ..."
Isn't that enough to be thankful for? If God can give
me His best, His only Son, what else will He withhold
from me? So, if we are to approach this new year with
an attitude, let's approach it with an attitude of
gratitude. Forget not all his benefits, let your soul
remember and praise God and give thanks because He is
great and His plans for us will prevail if we allow
Him to. We will talk more about that in our next email
but for now, just spend a quiet moment before God and
thank Him. This is a new year and we are to approach
it with the right attitude!
3. New prayer requests:
i. relationships - orangeflyer
ii. Salom,Please pray for me(in sung Kim) -- sabgreen
iii. for my brother in Christ -- james00
iv. my family seperated -- kjnfemale
v. for a job -- guest
vi. provision for rent and to know Christ -- guest
vii. business collapsing and no home -- guest
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|Sunday, January 12, 2003 2:00:47 PM waihun|