Thursday, 30 December 2010

Solving Bigger Problems!!!

As we come to the end of 2010, there may be too many unanswered prayers this year. What I have learnt this year regarding unanswered prayers is that God is SOLVING MUCH BIGGER PROBLEMS.
Let’s look at one of Jesus’s request that was not granted. (Yes you read it right) Jesus was about to enter is final hours of his life. He was about to be crucified on the cross. Here, Jesus prays that he will be saved from the cross. But the answer he got was NO. Why? The Father gave a negative reply to Jesus because He was solving a bigger problem. He was solving the problem of SINs of the World. May be some of the negative answers that you have received are because God is seeing the bigger picture and he is solving the bigger problem.
Moses wanted to save one Hebrew but God wanted to save the entire nation. Joseph’s cry for help was not answered but God used him to save a nation. David could have prayed for more sheep and a well settled life but God wanted him to lead a nation. Ruth wanted food and wanted to live but God included her in the Greatest Family of Jesus. Hannah prayed for a son but God gave her a prophet to lead a nation. Elizabeth wanted a child but God took his own time and gave a predecessor for Jesus. Paul wanted his weakness removed but God knew better. Peter didn’t want Jesus to die but God knew better. Jesus wanted to escape cross but God was solving a bigger problem. All the bible and history God was always seeing the BIG PICTURE and He was solving the BIG PROBLEMS.
May be your prayers are unanswered today and your problems are not being solved. Take courage. God is solving a much bigger problem. Trust him God knows better. He knows what’s best. As we come to a close of this year, let us trust God for all our unanswered prayers. Wishing you and your family a very meaningful and satisfying year ahead.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Using the "Right Words"..

Recently, I had a discussion among a group of friends. They were discussing about how we should pray. To be more precise, they wanted to use the right words in prayer. It was a very “theological” discussion. To some extend I was even trapped. They even told me, I didn’t pray the “Right way” with the “Right words”.
While I was returning home that day, I was almost floating over a flood of thoughts. I had questions that I never had on prayer. I was wondering if ever I could pray the right way. I thought over what was discussed and I felt more terrible. I was trying to count the times when I used the right words. Is there a right way to pray? Are there some right words to pray? With these questions, I opened the door to enter my home. I didn’t know I was opening a door of answers for these questions.
As I opened the door, my two boys crawled towards me in Joy. One stopped half way through and started clapping. Another started to shout in joy. Then they were lifting their hands towards me wanting me to carry them. After that one of them began to cry wanting my touch. The other started holding my leg. Though these are normal things that happen every day, that day it was normal for me.
My imagination took off. What if I didn’t respond to them because they didn’t use the right words? Yes, they smiled, crawled, clapped, shouted, lifted their hands, cried, and held my leg, but they didn’t use the “right words”. I could have argued. I didn’t. Because I knew, this is not about using the right words but it’s just coming to the father. I knew that they sincerely seek me. And that is enough for me.
It began to dawn on me that this same illustration can be applied to prayer too. God is not waiting for us to use the right words, but he just wants us to come to Him. Come to Him, just doing whatever we know. Smiling, crying, clapping, shouting, lifting our hands, and babbling. He understands our language. Our heavenly father answers us because we sincerely seek him and not because we use the right words. If you are praying, you are already using the right way to seek God!!