Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Praying and Sleeping

In the passage about the storm in the sea, Jesus was sleeping. All others were crying and praying. Jesus did not ask them to pray. He didn’t say you could have prayed better. He just said you must have more faith. After some time, in Gethsemane, Jesus was the one who was crying. But here the disciples were sleeping. In fact Jesus had asked them to watch and pray. May be they learnt from Jesus, from the storm in the sea session. This happens to all. We pray restlessly like the disciples, when we need to sleep trusting God. But, we sleep in rest like the disciples when we need to bleed sweat. Many times we just need to sleep in the storm having the faith that Jesus will see us through. But we fret and worry about life and things of this world. At other times, we must be pleading with the father about the spiritual battles with the spiritual forces. But we are not even aware that such a battle is going on and we sleep through the battle. May God give us the discernment on when to rest and when to fight in prayer.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

When God Lets You Die...

Recently, I happen to hear a lot of testimonies about how God has delivered them from disease, death and so on. Almost at the end of each testimony I hear them saying, our God lives. I am glad that our God is a deliverer and am Glad that we realize that he is alive when he works miracles in our life.

But there are equal numbers of people who are struggling with unanswered prayers, who are still waiting for their deliverance. Some die with their disease. Does that mean that God is not alive? When our cry for deliverance from the dungeon are not heard, we tend to question him by asking are you really God?

I remember John the Baptist. He was the very first person to identify Jesus and show him to the world. As Jesus came for baptism, John cried, behold the lamb of God. He saw the heavens open, the Holy Spirit descend on Jesus and heard the Father’s voice. If one person who should not have any doubts about Jesus, he was John.

But when he was in the prison cell waiting for his deliverance, he began to doubt. He sent his disciples to Jesus, asking him if He was really the Messiah. God’s silence troubled John. God let him die in prison. Does that mean God is dead?

Have you been praying for something and you have not got the answer? Are you dying in your disease and asking is Jesus alive. When pain pricks and patience end, do you question His existence? When God is silent it’s hard. But does that mean he is dead? NO. So when God lets you die, is he still alive? Yes. One thing I know, that when God doesnot remove our thorns in our flesh, be assured that his grace is sufficient.

Believing a Different Story

In Mathew 28, we see about two groups who witness the resurrection, the women and the soldiers. Both see the angel, both see the rollin...