It’s important when the odds are stacked against you to pray a certain way that is different from the way you normally pray.
Jehoshaphat gives us a model of the three things you need to pray when you feel overwhelmed.
1. Remind yourself who God is.
Before you talk to God about the problem and focus on it,
remind yourself that God is bigger than the problem you are facing.
King Jehoshaphat realizes that three enemy nations are coming at him,
yet he stops and says, “You’re bigger than all the nations, God.
You are bigger than anything I will ever face.”
“When your people Israel moved into this land,
you drove out the people who were living here and gave the land to the descendants of Israel,
your friend, to be theirs forever” (2 Chronicles 20:6).
Jehoshaphat recalled all the ways God had worked in Israel’s past.
3. Ask God for help now.
How about a repeat performance, Lord?
Do it again! In verse 9, Jehoshaphat mentions three kinds of situations: war, epidemic, and famine.
He says, “None of this is too hard for you.
You’ve helped us in the past, so do it again!”
His prayer is built around three questions:
Are you not?
Did you not?
Will you not?
“Are you not God?” Yes, you are in charge, and you’re big enough to handle it.
“Did you not help us in the past?” Yes, you did help us in the past.
“Will you not do it again?” Yes, you will do it again!
That’s the way you need to pray when you’re overwhelmed.
No matter what the situation is, remind yourself first who God is, what he’s done, and then ask him to do it again.
Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to talk about your problem.
- fwd: v c mathews
God has a reason for allowing things to happen.
We may never understand His Wisdom,
But we simply have to TRUST HIS WILL.
Are You Not Afraid?
A man just got married and was returning home with his wife. They were crossing a lake in a boat, when suddenly a great storm arose. The man was a warrior, but the woman became very much afraid because it seemed almost hopeless:
The boat was small and the storm was really huge, and any moment they were going to be drowned. But the man sat silently, calm and quiet, as if nothing was happening.
The woman was trembling and she said, “Are you not afraid?”. This may be our last moment of life! It doesn’t seem that we will be able to reach the other shore. Only some miracle can save us; otherwise death is certain. Are you not afraid? Are you mad or something? Are you a stone or something?
The man laughed and took the sword out of its sheath. The woman was even more puzzled: What was he doing? Then he brought the naked sword close to the woman’s neck, so close that just a small gap was there, it was almost touching her neck.
He said,” Are you not afraid?”
“He put the sword back and said, This is my answer”. I know God Loves me, and the storm is in His hands.
SO WHATSOEVER IS GOING TO HAPPEN IS GOING TO BE GOOD. If we survive, good; if we don’t survive, good, because everything is in His hands and He cannot do anything wrong.
- fwd: alwyn fernandes
Because of noise the Worker did not hear his Call.
To draw Attention, the Supervisor threw a 10 Rupee Note in Front of Worker.
He picked up the Note, put it in His Pocket & Continued to Work.
Again to Draw Attention the Supervisor threw 500 Rupee Note & the Worker did the same.
Now the Supervisor picked a small Stone & threw on the Worker.
The Stone hit the Worker.
This time the Worker looked Up & the Supervisor Communicated with Him.
God from Up, wants to Communicate with Us… but We are Busy doing our Worldly Jobs.
Then, he give Us Small Gifts & Big Gifts… We just keep them without looking from Where We Got it.
We are the Same.
Just keeping the gifts without Thanking him,
We just say
We are LUCKY.
And when we are Hit with a Small Stone, which We call PROBLEMS, then only We look Up & Communicate with him.
That is why it is said, He gives, gives n forgives
And We get, get n forget.
A beautiful speech by Sundar Pichai – an IIT-MIT Alumnus and Global Head Google Chrome:
She started screaming out of fear.
With a panic stricken face and trembling voice, she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach.
Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group also got panicky.
The lady finally managed to push the cockroach away but …it landed on another lady in the group.
Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to continue the drama.
The waiter rushed forward to their rescue.
In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter.
The waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the cockroach on his shirt.
When he was confident enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the restaurant.
If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed?
He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos.
It is not the cockroach, but the inability of the ladies to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach, that disturbed the ladies.
I realized that, it is not the shouting of my father or my boss or my wife that disturbs me, but it’s my inability to handle the disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs me.
It’s not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but my inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs me.
More than the problem, it’s my reaction to the problem that creates chaos in my life.
Lessons learnt from the story:
I understood, I should not react in life.
The women reacted, whereas the waiter responded.
Reactions are always instinctive whereas responses are always well thought of.
A beautiful way to understand…………LIFE.
Person who is HAPPY is not because Everything is RIGHT in his Life..
He is HAPPY because his Attitude towards Everything in his Life is Right..!!
WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY!!! Where….
*Our Phones ~ Wireless
*Cooking ~ Fireless
*Cars ~ Keyless
*Food ~ Fatless
*Tyres ~ Tubeless
*Tools ~ Cordless
*Dress ~ Sleeveless
*Youth ~ Jobless
*Leaders ~ Shameless
*Relationships ~ Meaningless
*Attitude ~ Careless
*Wives ~ Fearless
*Babies ~ Fatherless
*Feelings ~ Heartless
*Children ~ Mannerless
PARLIAMENT _, CLUELESS Everything is becoming LESS but still our hopes are ~ Endless.
In fact I am Speechless Because Salvation remains Priceless!!!!
A father left 17 Camels as an Asset for his Three Sons.
The Middle Son should be given 1/3rd of 17 Camels,
Youngest Son should be given 1/9th of the 17 Camels,
As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the sons started to fight with each other.
So, they decided to go to a wise man.
The wise man listened patiently about the Will. The wise man, after giving this thought, brought one camel of his own & added the same to 17. That increased the total to 18 camels.
Half of 18 = 9. So he gave 9 camels to the eldest son.
1/3rd of 18 = 6. So he gave 6 camels to the middle son.
1/9th of 18 = 2. So he gave 2 camels to the youngest son.
Now add this up: 9 + 6 + 2 = 17 &
This leaves 1 camel, which the wise man took back.
MORAL: The attitude of negotiation & problem solving is to find the 18th camel i.e. the common ground. Once a person is able to find the common ground, the issue is resolved. It is difficult at times.
However, to reach a solution, the first step is to believe that there is a solution. If we think that there is no solution, we won’t be able to reach any!
- fwd: judith
Never ask for a lighter rain, just pray to God for a better umbrella. – That is the attitude!
Life is not about finding the right person, but creating the right relationship. It’s not how we care in the beginning, but how much we care till the very end.
Some people always throw stones in your path. It depends on what you make with them; a Wall or a Bridge? – Remember you are the architect of your life.
Search for a good heart, but don’t search for a beautiful face, coz beautiful things are not always good, but good things are always beautiful.
It’s not important to hold all the good cards in life, but it’s important how well you play with the cards you hold.
Often when we lose all hope & think this is the end, remember God and pray, it’s just a bend, not the end.’
One of the basic differences between God and humans is, God gives, gives and forgives. But the human gets, gets, gets and forgets.
Be thankful in life…
If u think it is your alarm clock that woke you up this morning, try putting it beside a dead body and you will realise that it is the Grace of God that woke you up.
- fwd: lourdes
ACCOMMODATIONS: Arrangements for accommodation must be made in advance (John 14:2).
PASSPORTS: Persons seeking entry will not be permitted past the gates without having proper credentials and having their names already registered with the ruling authority (Revelation 21:27).
DEPARTURE TIME: The exact date of departure has not been announced. Travelers are advised to be prepared to leave at short notice (1 Corinthians 15:52).
TICKETS: Your ticket was purchased by a Friend named Jesus. It should be claimed and its promises kept firmly in hand (John 5:24; Hebrews 5:8-9).
LUGGAGE: No luggage whatsoever can be taken (1 Timothy 6:7).
IMMIGRATION: All passengers are classified as immigrants, since they are taking up permanent residence in a new country. The quota is unlimited (Hebrews 11:16).
AIR PASSAGE: Travelers going directly by air are advised to watch daily for indications of imminent departure (1 Thes. 4:17).
VACCINATION / INOCULATIONS: Injections are not needed, as there are no illnesses or diseases there (Revelation 21:4).
CURRENCY: Supplies of currency may be forwarded to await passenger’s arrival. Make deposits as large as possible (Matthew 6:20).
CLOTHING: A complete and appropriate new wardrobe is provided for each traveler (Isaiah 61:10).
RESERVATIONS: Booking is now open. Since departure time is unknown you should apply at once. If you wait, it may be too late (2 Corinthians 6:2).
To learn more, please consult ‘”The Holy Bible”.
It was a Sports Stadium…
With sound of Pistol all boys started running.
Hardly had they covered 10 to 15 steps,1 boy slipped & fell.
He started crying due to pain.
When other 7 Boys heard him, all of them STOPPED running..
STOOD for a while, turned BACK & RAN towards him.
Officials were shocked.
Many Eyes were filled with tears.
It happened at Pune.
Race was conducted by National Institute of Mental Health…
All participants were Mentally RETARDED.
What did they teach ?
Teamwork, Humanity, Sportsman spirit, Love, Care & Equality..
We Surely can NEVER Do this because…
We have Brains…. We have Ego… We have Attitude
I was staying with two of my granddaughters. We agreed it wasn’t babysitting anymore because after all they were six and eight years old now.
While they were having a bedtime snack I noticed a Bible verse on the fridge door. “Is this your memory verse for this week?” I asked.
“Yes,” one of them replied, “but I don’t memorize it until Saturday night, so I won’t forget it.” “It says, “God has created us to do good works.
What does good works mean to you?” I asked. “How do you do good works?”
I was surprised at how eager they were to discuss the question and ready with answers.
“Worship God,” said Mercedes.
It was exciting to hear them answer these questions. And then we all prayed and asked God to help us do “good works.”
I could tell they were accustomed to having talks about Bible verses and praying. Their mother has been faithfully teaching them.
Five generations (maybe more) of Christian parents in our families have been and are teaching their children to follow and obey God.
” What you teach your children today will be passed on to many generations. God’s Word will bear fruit “.
- fwd: v c mathews