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Thanking God in Advance

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
-Phil 4:6-

On last week’s cg meeting, we meditated on the verse above.
Each of us was given 10 minutes to ponder on it.

For me, I focused on the phrase “be anxious for nothing” and “in prayer”.
The absence of anxiety is faith. When I face an obstacle, I may feel anxious.
Hence, I should pray. If I still feel anxious, I should pray some more.
If the anxiety persists, I should pray more earnestly.
In short, I should keep praying until my anxiety disappears and my faith arises.

Somehow this revelation is really applicable.
There is this one anxiety which keeps haunting me every once in a while.
I should keep praying and believing and confessing every time this anxiety visits me.

My Cg leader shared many points from the passage.
One thing I remember the most is the phrase “supplication with thanksgiving”.
In short, it is about thanking God in advance for the answer to prayer. It is really an attitude of faith.

Maybe I should say “Thank You in advance for the blessing” when I pray?
Thanksgiving is simply a way to ignite faith while waiting for God’s timing.
Many times, waiting on God to answer prayer can be very tiring.
Of course, it does not mean I ‘force’ my prayer to God. After all, God is God and I am just His servant.

I thank You in advance, oh God, for the solution to my anxiety!

Posted June 5, 2013 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Thought, Verse of the Day

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Pastor Tan’s Sermon 26, October, 2012: Prayer Meeting VIII

After ministry outing last Friday, I went to Jurong West prayer meeting for the first time.
It was planned to be 40 weeks of prayer.
So, it was the eight one which I attended.
Pastor Tan Ye Peng delivered a message on prayer.

Luke 18:1-8
The context of this passage is about the kingdom of God.
A widow persisted in asking a favor from an unjust judge since there was no other judge.
In the  end, the judge gave in to her request.

Lord Jesus taught them that they always ought to pray.
Similarly, we too, should pray and find a spiritual way against adversary.
Widow here represents the elect of God suffering from adversary.
God will then avenge them speedily or, more correctly speaking, suddenly.

Luke 17:25-30
Lord Jesus Himself suffered and yet He prayed.
Like lightning flashes: it is sudden. God suddenly acts.
In the days of Noah: Noah was a righteous man, suffering from the evil men surrounding him.
Times and again he warned them about the flood as he was building the ark. Yet, people mocked at him.
Finally, the day came. God speedily/suddenly avenged him by sending the flood.
In the days of Lot: Lot was a righteous man (2 Pet 2:7) who suffered from the evil of Sodom and Gomorrah people.
Finally, the day came. God suddenly saved him from the rain of sulfur and brimstone.

Luke 18:8
Will Lord Jesus find faith on the earth? What can faith He is looking for?
– Faith to continue praying to the same God.
– Faith that God will answer speedily and suddenly.
– Faith that God shows mercy and exalts us as we humble ourselves (Luke 18:14).
– Faith of little child to believe that coming to Lord Jesus is to enter the kingdom of God (Luke 18:17).
– Faith to believe that the kingdom of God does not come by observation but it is within us (Luke 17:20).

Matt 25:1-10
The foolish virgins might have thought they were wise and then mocked the wise virgins.
The wise virgins might have looked foolish for being overprepared. In the end, they were truly wise.
In the context of prayer, let’s over-pray.
Even when the breakthrough is obvious, keep praying. Do over-pray.

A very nice sermon.
A reminder for me to keep praying even when things go from bad to worse.

Posted October 31, 2012 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Church Service, Prayer, Sermon

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