During prayer meeting this week, Pastor Ming took the time to share a great word about prayer.
Pastor paused during the prayer meeting and asked us what needs we have today. Members of the audience then shouted out – "Financial breakthrough", "Health", "Family’s salvation", etc.
He then referred us to Philippians 2:14, which says "Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe…"
The word ‘complaining’ actually means ‘murmuring’ and it was first used in the Old Testament when the children of Israel were continually complaining about how God didn’t meet their needs. God had parted the Red Sea for them and showed them miracles, yet the people were continually complaining about their own needs – about how they were hungry, how they were too hot and too cold. As a result of that, they ended up walking in the desert for 40 years.
In old Jewish times, the Rabbi used to share this story about 2 Jewish men who were walking through the Red Sea as God parted it. As they were walking, they kept on complaining about how the ground was so muddy and how difficult it was to walk through. All this time, they focused only on their needs and didn’t bother to look up and see how God had actually parted the sea and raised up walls of water on their sides.
Bringing us back to the point about prayer – Many times, we are too need-centred and we pray out of need, out of fear and faith. We become like the murmuring Israelites and we forget that we need to come to God with a heart of thanksgiving and be thankful for all that God has given us. Attending a prayer meeting is a holy and scared time. There is no doubt that God wants to bless us, so as we come to pray, we need to put aside our own needs and worries, and come to God with a heart of thanksgiving. Give thanks for everything that we have – that we can breathe, that we have good health, that we have a home to go back to and this is the heart that will please God.
After sharing this word, Pastor Ming led us in a time of thanksgiving, where we just kept thanking God for everything and I felt like a burden was truly lifted up and I was praying with a greater sense of assuredness. 🙂