Category Archives: Life Coaching

When Do You Usually Pray?

 

I was recently with a couple, who’s marriage and life I admire and respect highly.

We were going to get ourselves some snacks just outside church office after our work hours and just have a little catch up. Ethel, my wife was not with me at this time but I’m sure she would love to be with these two as well. They’ve been following Jesus longer than we do as a married couple and I get to have tons of positive impartations just being with them, watching them talk to each other, how they treat restaurant staff and talk about their family and kids.

The thing that struck me the most being with them at this particular time was their praying lifestyle. Going out the office the wife had a friend who got into a serious emergency. The wife wanted to do something but the husband gently led her and said, “wait, let’s just pray now.” And so we did pray, sincerely while walking to the resto.

Then while at the restaurant having our snacks, we talked about the challenge of parenting toddlers and the right way of leading them in love. The wife may have not noticed this but I did. She was talking about the power of prayer again.  She said was “Joash, you know, when I’m get into a conflict with the kids, or when they throw a tantrum or cry resisting vitamins or medications I pause and immediately pray and get back to attend to them.”

The kind of  praying lifestyle this couple showed me made me think: “Have I limited my prayer time in specific time and place and have forgotten that I could tap on it anytime of the day and see things change? Have I taken concerns that arise throughout the day into my own hands already and have forgotten I could pray and call on to my Father for help?”

As I think about these questions, I am reminded once again by those lines from a famous old  hymn:

“Oh what peace we often forfeit, Oh what needless pain we bear.                                                    Just because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”

This may be simple but that moment that was a huge reminder for me about the reality of this power & privilege we have-this access that’s 24/7 that we can tap into anytime, anywhere!

How about you?

When do you usually resort to prayer lately?

Why We Do Crazy Stuff

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We do crazy stuff simply because we don’t know how much loved we are.

It’s the almost the same story we get to hear over and over again. That a particular person would seem to be ok and then all of a sudden a crazy headline takes us by surprise:

-A father commits adultery

-A single lady gets herself pregnant

-A teenager gets addicted to drugs 

-A single pro gets hooked in pornography

-A certain woman has been spreading gossip

These are but a reality of how broken all of us are and how each of us are in dire need of a true love that would make us whole and complete againfree from all the wanting, and and all the thirsting and all the worldly cravings that really never satisfies.

And until we genuinely realize the fact that we are perfectly known and yet at the same time perfectly loved by God in and through Jesus Christ, we will never get to be free and empowered to live according to how we were supposed to live and thrive in this life.

So hear this truth again and again, and allow it to heal and restore you as it sinks deeper and deeper into your heart:

YOU ARE LOVED.

Got that?

YOU ARE DEEPLY LOVED! (Man! You are affirmed, approved, and accepted!)

Did that got through you?

YOU ARE PERFECTLY LOVED! (eternally, unconditionally, and unendingly)

God became man to hand it personally to you. He lived to demonstrate it and he died to prove it! And now He lives again, ruling and reigning in the heavens, wooing you to finally realize it, that you would own it and hold on to it until it begins its work in you.

Despite of what you’ve done and your unworthiness, He runs to you to embraces you and says “I love you and I have already paid for it all!”all the shame all the pain and all those sinful stuff you’ve committed. And God says to you “as far as the east is from the west I have taken away your sins from you. And as far as the heavens are above the earth so great is my love for you!”

It is only through His great love alone could we stop doing these crazy stuff and start to live enjoying life as it’s made to be enjoyed- under the grace and the favor of the LORD, in all its fullness and all its abundance, for our ultimate good, all for His glory.

“The LORD is my shepherd I shall not want. 

He make me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters

He restores my soul.

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name sake”

-Psalm 23:1-3

What is The Gospel?

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My friends and I recently attended a concert at the Music Museum and this word got my attention as we were going down the stairs.

Then I thought to myself,  a lot of people go through life, just passing by this word and not really getting the heart of it.

If you try to ask random people,  some would say its a genre of music. For others who grew up with a religious background its just the first four books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), and for some, they’d say its the good things you do for God or a way to earn your ticket to heaven.

But what is it really? What would a biblical worldview of the gospel look like?

 GOOD NEWS! GOOD ADVICE 

More than a doctrine, a teaching or a set of Scriptures, the gospel is primarily an event centered on the person and the life work of Jesus Christ. It is His Story that is actually the heart of the Christian faith. Dr. Rice Broocks gives us a clear and complete summary of what it is:

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Therefore, the gospel is not about what we do for God, but what He has done for us through Jesus. And what He has done for us elicits a response on our part if we would believe it or not. Indeed, it is the power for us to be made right and accepted before God who is holy and righteous. And it is through this gospel we who are enemies of God could become His very children.

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” -John 1:12

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NOT JUST THE A-B-C’s BUT THE A to Z 

Timothy Keller, a pastor and Bible teacher makes this point clear: “The gospel is not just the minimum required doctrine necessary to enter the kingdom, but the way we make progress in the kingdom.”

The point is as believers we never actually graduate from the gospel. It’s not just for the lost who needs to become new creations in Christ, but it also for Christians who continuously needs transforming. It is for you and I who continuously needs to be more like Jesus in our character and attitude, in thoughts and in our actions.

The gospel is the basis of our personal relationship with God. It must be at the core of our faith walk and life journey with God. It tells us how sinful and morally ugly we are in ourselves, yet loved and accepted in Christ more than we ever dared hope!

 

Do you have friends who need to know about this good news? Time to take this good news to them.

Are you struggling with character issues in your personal life and relationships? Time to get back to the gospel.

 

Here’s a prayer you could pray daily to saturate yourself with the goodness of the gospel, reminding yourself of the essence and the heart of God for us in Christ.

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8 Essentials of Effective Prayer

 

Prayer is our highest privilege!

Would you imagine how awesome it is that we can connect to The Creator of all things, enjoy access to God’s presence and have an intimate and dynamic conversation with Him?! This is possible all by His great grace to us in Christ! Here are at least the major eight essentials of effective prayer:

1. Genuine

We have to be real before God. Open up your heart with all honesty yet hold on to His unchanging nature! Trust His Heart!

39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” -Matthew 26:39

2. Current

God cares about you now! Tell God of your current concerns. Stop dwelling about the past. Face the present with faith in Him!

8 Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. 9 So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.”-Exodus 17:8-9

3. Persistent

Never say “I give up.”God will not only change the circumstance He wants you changed ultimately!

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man.And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’”-Luke 18:1-5

4. Earnest

Put your heart into it. Don’t just babble words, connect to God passionately!

44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.-Luke 22:44

5. Always

This is the ultimate “unli” full bar signal connection we could ever have!

Don’t just be limited praying like a monk in your room. Do it while walking, jogging, driving (of course, open your eyes!) in every season, whether summer, fall, winter, or springtime etc. etc.

18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,-Eph. 6:18

6. Specific

Be clear about what you need, where you want it, when you desire it and how you want it answered.

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God… 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.-Phil. 4;6;19

7. Humble

Remember that prayerlessness is the height of spiritual pride. Come to Him with all due honor yet by grace with God-confidence.

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”-James 4:6

8. Time

It’s one thing to just know things about prayer, but its another thing to really get to our knees and do it!  

We really have to set time for this and so experience the power and grace that flows from this greatest privilege we have!

12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.-Romans 12:12

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