Reflections From The Bible And Life

Behind Closed Doors

1 Timothy 2:1-8; Psalm 28:2-9; Luke 7:1-10

Our Lord is the lord of all. His love spreads to both followers and non-followers. He is our pillar of strength in times of weaknesses, and our divine healer in times of sicknesses. All He asks of us is to have faith in Him and love one another, just as the Centurion’s love for his servant and faith in Jesus healed his valued servant. He loves us and desires everyone to be saved.

As children of God, we should have the same perspective in life. Prayer, intercession and supplication and thanksgiving are some of the ways we can communicate with God. By doing so, we thank the Lord for all the abundance of blessings and bountiness that we receive from the Lord, as well as we lift up to the Lord all our worries, trusting that He will take care of all our needs. However, our concerns shouldn’t just limit to ourselves. We should also pray for everyone else, as everyone else deserves God’s love and affection. We are encouraged to pray for our world leaders, that they may lead their countries in godly ways, as guided by the Lord, so that the world may become a better place to live in, and so that there would be peace and harmony in all mankind.

When we pray, we should be in a state of grace, devoid of anger or argument, nor doubt in God. We should instead focus on the things that are going on around us that need God’s help. If we only open our eyes to what is going on around us, there are so many things to pray for. Among which are people who have misconceptions of faith and are closed-minded and take religious practices as one’s faithfulness in God and ticket to eternal salvation. They refuse to seek the Lord for a more personal relationship with Him, and are limited to their comfort zones. They are like students who are satisfied with getting grades of 75% , and unwilling to do more to get higher grades. Examples are Sunday Catholics. They go to mass on Sundays, but their actions on weekdays do not reflect that of a devoted Christian. They speak words of wisdom, yet God doesn’t have a place in their hearts, as reflected in their daily activities and how they do things, and how they think.

We should pray for world leaders who lead their countries into doing what is wrong, like wars. You don’t get any permanent results with wars. A bad seed grows into a bad harvest. Actions that are sprung from hatred will only bring anger and more hatred. It’s like opening a can of worms, and there is no end to this. If we truly have Jesus in our hearts then we don’t have to worry about vengeance and justice because in God’s time justice will prevail, and nothing escapes God’s eyes. He sees everything. We don’t need to be selfish too, for God sees what we need and provides whatever we need as he sees fit. Greed and selfishness is a sign of lack of faith in God, and so are impatience, insecurities, and the desire to be in control, and being afraid of losing life’s conveniences.

Our desire to be in control always leads us to do immoral or selfish ways since our focus is on ourselves, and we have the natural tendency to do things the easier way, which is not God’s way. It can never produce good results. We can pray for this too for everyone.

Are you growing in your faith? Have you made an effort to know God more?

Harden not my heart to your Word, Jesus!

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