Practical Faith Through Prayer

22nd & 23rd October

Weekend Edition

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.”

Philippians 4:6

How do we practically trust God with our worries? Answer: Through giving our worries to God. It sounds so simple and so disengaging from our problems. However, when we put our trust and faith in God through prayer, it is the most responsible thing you can do. It is like when you put money in the bank. You do it because you know it is safe, well looked after and secure (usually). You don’t worry everyday if your money is safe because you know it is in good hands. It is so simple yet give us peace of mind. Trusting God through prayer is built on the same principle. We can 100% trust God to personally engage with our problems, to help us and deal with our worries. There is no fear for those who put their trust in God.

Paul encourages us not to worry, but INSTEAD, pray. Our natural thought process is to see a problem and start worrying. Yet Paul tells us that instead or worrying, starting praying. It is the opposite of what we think is the normal thing to do. Yet just as Jesus said, echoed by Paul in a different way, what is the point of worrying? You won’t fix anything. Instead give it to Jesus, through prayer. Moreover, thank Him for all He has done, and all He will continue to do. Prayer changes thing.

Jesus’ help for our situations is not dependant on base rates, interest rates and brexit talks. His love is consistent, 100% for our good and always for the benefiting of His Kingdom. His help is free, unconditional and constant. It never runs out and is always readily available for those who put their trust in Him. INSTEAD of worrying, tell God plainly what you need, what you are worried about and trust Him for the answers.

Lord, ‘give us this day our daily needs’ and teach us to not ‘worry about anything’ but ‘instead, pray about everything’.

The Premise For Not Worrying

21st October

…but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”

Matthew 6:32b-33

Make no mistake, Jesus cares incredibly about you! He cares about you more than He cares about the flowers in the fields and the birds in the sky! Jesus said so Himself. He said if your heavenly Father feeds the birds of the air, who neither plant or harvest, yet have food, then how much more valuable are we to God than they are?

If we are so loved by Someone who cares so much for our needs, doesn’t that take away the need to worry. Yet it is not just any ‘someone’ who loves and cares for us. This is God, the creator of the world, that we are talking about. The God who formed you in your mother’s womb, the God who spoke life into you and you were birthed, the God who saw it fit to perfectly design you the way you are. Just look around you, at the natural world, can’t you see you see God’s mighty hand in all of creation. The birds that sing in the trees, the beautiful trees and flowers that adorn the landscapes around us, the stars in the sky that light up the night, and the mountainous ranges that point to God’s magnitude. If God is in all this, then how much more do you think He cares about you, His prime creation. Nothing else apart from mankind is made in the image of God. Yet you are. It is on that premise, that Jesus tells us not to worry about anything. We are His sons and daughters.

Furthermore, when we look to God, and seek His Kingdom above all else, it puts in practical disciplines is our lifestyles, that when tough times come, and worry sets in, instead on fixating on our problems, we look up to Jesus who we know is bigger than our worries, and will give us everything we need. May we not just put our trust is theological knowledge but in practical faith.

A Personal Encouragement

11th -12th June

Weekend Edition

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.”

1 Peter 5:7

This morning as I was praying for my non-believing friends and family members, God showed me a picture. The picture was of my friends and family, and I was praying, God was taking them into Heaven, almost like a vertical, rising whirlwind towards Him. At first, I thought God was comforting me that they will raptured in Jesus’ return, but then it became clearer as I felt like God saying, ‘Leave them to Me, they are with Me now!’ God was showing me, that I do not need to worry about them, but rather prayerfully entrust them into His hands and He will look after them.

Why am I sharing a personal reflection? Because I think that it is a good reminder, not just for me, but for those who read this, that salvation is God’s work. Our role is to prayerfully lift the lost up into God’s arms, trusting that He is the author and finisher of their/our salvation, and trust that He is faithful and will answer our prayers for our loved ones.

As Peter encouraged the elders and young men in the early church to stand firm in times of persecution, trusting God with their deepest worries and fears, so that same advice is a timely reminder for us too. God cares about us. He cares about the burdens we carry for our lost friends and families, He cares about our lives, our jobs, our education, what we eat and drink, our financial situations; He cares about everything. So instead of worrying, prayerfully entrust them into the hands of our caring Father, and watch as your cares and worries are lifted from you and presented in the throne room of Heaven.

The Colours Of Spring

21st & 22nd May

Weekend Edition

And why do you worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all of his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.”

Matthew 6:28

Spring is in full flow. The trees are adorned with green leaves, the flowers are blossoming, mornings are greeted with the sound of birds chirping and the earth is filled with new birth. It is a wonderful time of the year to celebrate God’s goodness and the joy of the beauty He has given us to enjoy. Moreover, it is a reminder of how much God cares and looks after us.

Jesus in the ‘sermon on the mount’ tackles the issue of worrying in the believers life by encouraging His listeners of the deeper truth behind the earth’s beauty. Jesus comments that ‘even Solomon in all of his wealth’ could not dress himself as beautifully as God dresses the fields with the lilies. In fact Solomon was the richest King ever to live in Israel. It was his accumulated wealth that helped fund the building of the temple, and his own magnificent palace. Jesus concluded that if God takes so much care in making the lilies of the fields so beautiful, how much more will He take care of us His children.

Today as you look around at God’s natural beauty, be reminded that God has His hand on your life. Be reminded that there is no need to worry. He is for you and wants to give you His every good gift. The situation you may be going through, may be tough and hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But be encouraged for your ‘Heavenly Father already knows all your needs…’!!