The Limits of Prayer

Surely there are no limits to what we ask for in prayer? You just imagine the Ferrari, or the healing, or the windfall, or the girlfriend, or the job, or the husband in front of you, and the ‘power of attraction’ will bring it to you right? Hmm… I’ve always been sceptical of this kind of thinking which is often called ‘new age’ doctrine but which in fact was the problem way back in the garden. “And ye shall be as Gods” were the  famous words of the snake

Then to complicate things we have from God himself; “And you shall do things even greater than I” – Jesus’ famous words, and I believe every word he spoke. This was a man we know we can trust in 100% from what came out of his mouth. And to make prayer even more difficult to understand we have also been promised a blank check book for the kingdom of God!

But are there any limits to this check book for Heaven Ltd? Yes I believe there are according to David Pawson. I think he is right when he says; we must only ask for that which glorifies the father. The thinking should always be; “how will the Father glorify himself in this prayer request and what should I ask for in light of that?”

Mr Pawson – old school preacher that he may be, is as ever bang on the money – no pun intended! No name it and claim it or your best life now clap-trap. No having to know some secret – as if a loving God of the universe would keep anything desperately needed a secret from those that love him, as many of us are often subconsciously taught by modern new-age quasi-Christian books and churches.

Would a loving God require us to say a set of spell-like words or phrases with the correct spelling and pronunciation, as if He is sort of genie who would not help us if we said something imperfectly? Of course not. So what does he want from, and what are the real point of our prayers?

Well, as mentioned above David Pawson beautifully explains the reality of the real meaning of prayer, and clears away the fog of self, and of praying for personal gain, or praying for that of others even, none of which are necessarily wrong to pray for ultimately, but might and can often miss the whole point of prayer – namely to glorify Him.

Watch the video below for a proper explanation (unlike my garbled one) and better understanding of what we should ask really be asking for in prayer and why we should be doing it in the first place.

Struggling With Forgiveness?

We’ve all been there, and most of us continue to struggle daily with forgiveness of those who sin against us. If you are having trouble with a particular person or something that has happened to you that you consider to be an injustice that has gone unnoticed by your fellow man or the perpetrator, here is a bit of inspiration and encouragement to help you forgive your enemies and those who sin against you. The reason forgiveness is so important is more for the forgiver than the perpetrator, since unforgiven sin breeds anger, discontent and blocks our connection with God. Ultimately I have seen unforgiveness end with mental and then finally physical illness. We as Christians must always try to nip any feelings of unforgiveness in the bud before they blossom into our own misery and sometimes even death.

Ancient Prison of St Paul Discovered in Israel

We take delight in reporting more news and discoveries that show that the Bible is not just a great and inspiring read, the bastion of all truth, The Way and unique one-of-a-kind book that self-verifies it’s own claims unlike any other book, but as time progresses we also see it’s an accurate document of historical events and does not seek to invent the stories it contains. Check out the videos below to see the latest discovery relating to the prison that Paul.

What is Forgiveness?

Here is a great example. In the picture below, the man on the left, armed with machete, hacked to pieces the woman on the right’s baby child. This was during what we know as the ‘Rwandan Genocide’. What is forgiveness?.. it is the woman on the right, who has since that terrible event, chosen to forgive the man on the left, and they are now reconciled and friends.

This for most would be an almost impossible – if not impossible task out of ones own strength, yet she has somehow, obviously with God’s power she managed to do the impossible and forgive, and just as important as healing his heart, at least in part enabled the healing of herself. With man things are impossible, but with God just as the Bible says, all things are indeed possible.

Resentment and un-forgiveness will in the end manifest itself in depression and even physical sickness if it allowed to fester for too long in the un-forgiver. So I hope this short true story inspires anyone harbouring grudges or resentment to give it to God and be healed. 

Marriage is Dead? For Selfie Millennials Perhaps

Marriage is for people who want a lifetime of hassle think most millennials these days. This is a result of what our parents called the ‘me’ generation but what I have coined the ‘selfie generation’. Jesus clearly told us that; “in the last days people would be lovers of self” and he was bang on the money – I wonder if had he known about mobile phones he may have altered that to; “in the last days people would be lovers of selfies.”

The fact is that marriage is for men not children. People that are looking to please and serve someone else – not themselves. And it’s not surprising as even in the church we see the doctrine of self pervading and being taught either consciously or unconsciously all over the place; what can I get from going to church today? What has the Lord in store for me today etc instead of; what can I do to serve my neighbour today?.. or what can I do to make someone else’ life better?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to pretend to have been any different and might as well be called one of the new ‘selfie generation’ Christians (I was born in 1971 but been little different to most people – i.e mostly concerned with self, but I’m working on it every day). I was churched on a diet of emotionally driven self-serving churchianity teachings (as well as some good stuff I have to admit) that often did not resemble to servitude and sacrifice of Christ.

We simply weren’t told it was all about picking up your cross and serving others was the main part. Having said that there are and have always been many great churches and pastors that do teach and model that we are to emulate Jesus’ servant attitude – and that our needs should come last – or at leat not always first.

In this post I wanted to encourage people to go back to that original servant calling in The Bible, as our servitude of the needs of others is needed by our Christian friends, and our unbelieving friends family and neighbours more than ever, in a world where the light of the gospel is being actively obscured and replaced by the meebies and their doctrines of ‘me’.