Prayer Email archive:
(08/28/2000) how to endure..
|Hello prayer warriors,
1. Prayer note: how to endure..
We talked in the last email about sharing in Christ's
sufferings and why sufferings is necessary
[Philippians 3:10-12]. Paul wants us to present
ourselves perfect in Christ.
Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every
man in all wisdom; that we may present every man
perfect in Christ Jesus:
Derek Prince also talked about how we are to mature in
Christ. One of the things that he said is that we go
through different stages of trials. There are no
shortcuts. If we do not pass stage 3, we cannot jump
to stage 4. It is therefore important for us to pass
through and triumph over the circumstances before our
light breaks forth like the morning.
In the midst of the night, how do we endure till
morning comes? Let us continue where we last left off
at the book of Philippians.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have
apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those
things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those
things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the
high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
How do athletes endure in their training before they
reach for their gold medal? By keeping their goal in
mind. They discipline themselves and they go through
their training cheerfully because their focus is not
at the present or at their past failures but at the
prize which they will seize in the future. One
interesting point is that it is difficult for us to
focus on our future if we do not learn to forget about
our past. Our prize and our future is God's will for
us in our lives which we know is for good and not for
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. (NIV)
When we focus on the goodness of God in our lives and
believe that His goodness will ensure that His best
plan for us will be fulfilled, we will have the
strength to endure.
2. New prayer requests:
i. desperately need prayer for my parents -- carol
I am seeking your help to pray for my parents before I
do something rash to both of them. They are supposed
to be christians since the 1940s, but their attitutde
towards us & each other is very uncharitable. My
mother always finding fault with everything while my
father criticizes everything in a very loud voice.
They are both in their 80s(80 & 84). They just
returned home from a holiday in Canada & they
complained incessantly about the oldest sister. I find
that I am unable to go to church because of their
attitude to me. My brothers & their wives who go to
church also do not speak to me. I still have faith in
God but my heart is so heavy being surrounded by this
attitude. I have had a failed marriage & i am back
home because of a lack of finances. I begin a Msc
degree in September to qualify for a better job. God
is good to me. Seems as though I can't maintain any
relationship. I recently had another failed one & it
hurts really bad. Please pray for us.
ii. job -- toya
Please pray for Michael so that he would get a job at
Ford Motor Company. Thank you for your prayers.
iii. Needing a closer & more faithful walk -- paris
I am a 22 yr old female, that is trying to gain a
stronger & more faithful walk with Jesus. I have
devotions that I try to be faithful in reading
everyday, but that is not really my big problem. I
have strayed away from faithfully praying everyday,
going to church faithfully & not attending bible
study. What I ask that you pray with me to be more
faithful in my serving of Jesus Christ & stay in the
narrow way. Now I know that all have fallen short of
the glory of God, but the Lord always makes a way to
bring you back to where you need to be, & I thank Him
for that. I just also want you to pray that when I do
fall short during my journey, that I don't take long
to get back on track & continue my journey with the
Lord. Thank You
iv. Moving to a new place -- craw
My wife & I are currently living with her mother. We
have just been turned down for an apartment recently.
We are currently talking to a loan officer & a realtor
about getting a house & straightening our credit out.
Pray that God will lead us to the right decisions.
3. Number of prayer warriors: 392
We welcome craw, rhanks5798, eagle, jeanforan, jrthom
and mel into our prayer group.
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|Monday, August 28, 2000 9:55:10 AM waihun|