The Seventeenth Prayer Fellowship

First: Does God see you?  Does He know you exist?  Are you important?

We read the story about the man at the pool of Bethesda.  In this story, God saw the man.  There was a crowd.  Many may have had greater needs.  But, God saw this man.  He saw His need.  And He healed him.  In the same way, there are millions of people in this world.  But Jesus sees you.  He sees your need.  He sees your life.  And He wants to help you.

The Bible tells us that God knows exactly how many hairs are on your head.  In Matthew 10:29-30, the Bible says:

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Second: Does God have a plan for your life?

The simple answer is “yes.”  He has a plan for your life.  Sometimes we don’t understand that plan.  But, that doesn’t mean He doesn’t have a plan.  The Bible says “Rejoice for the steps of a righteous man are ordered by God.”  The Lord has a plan for each step you take.  

I once read a story about a little girl who would sit at her mother’s feet and watch her mother embroider.  She would look up from the floor and ask what her mother was doing.  The mother informed the daughter that the mother that she was embroidering.  As the girl watched from the underside, everything looked like a mess.  The daughter would wonder why the mother was using some dark threads along with the bright ones and why they seemed so jumbled from the daughter’s view.  But the mother would say, "Daughter, come and sit on my knee."  This the daughter did only to be surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower or a sunset.  Then the mother would say, "Daughter, from underneath it did look messy and jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a pre-drawn plan on the top.  It was a design.  I was only following it.  Now look at it from my side and you will see what I was doing."

Many we look up to God and say, "God, what are You doing?"  His answer is, "I am embroidering your life."  We may say, "But it looks like a mess to me.  It seems so jumbled.  The threads are so dark.  Why can’t they all be bright?"  God’s reply is, "My child, you go about your business of doing My business, and one day I will put you on My knee and you will see the plan from My side."

Third: Can you go against God’s will and plan?

Some people think that what is to happen is to happen.  God has a plan for our lives and no matter what, that plan is going to unfold in our lives.  But that is not true.  God has a plan for our lives.  But, it is our decision whether or not we walk on the path that He has chosen for us.  We are human beings.  God has made us with a free will.  We choose whether to obey or disobey God.  If God is telling us to go right.  We can choose to go left.

In the beginning of time, God created the Heavens and the Earth.  He created the sun and the moon, the birds and the beasts.  He created the trees and the flowers and every living thing.  He created man and woman.  To man and woman He gave free choice.  God put man and woman in a garden.  He said that they could rule over everything in the garden.  He said they could eat any fruit in the garden, except the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  That was the one thing God told them they were not to eat.  Now, God’s plan for man and woman was that they would obey God and live happily in the garden.  God has such close communion with Adam and Eve, He used to talk to them in the garden like I am talking to you.  They used to have conversations.  But man and woman chose to disobey God and go against His plan.  They were tempted by satan and they chose to eat the fruit that God had forbidden them to eat.  They chose to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  And because they did that, sin entered this world and man and woman were sent out of the garden, and no longer had the close relationship with God.  They chose to go against God’s plan.

In the same way, we can choose to follow God’s plan or to go against His plan.  It is our choice.  If we didn’t have choice, we would be like zombies or robots.  But, we are not robots, we are humans. 

Fourth: How can you allow God’s will to unfold in your live?

Today let’s choose to put our lives in God’s hands.  To allow Him to unfold His plan in our lives.  So many times I have agonized over what I need to do in different situations. But you know what? There is only one thing I need to do…that is completely surrender my life to Him…and trust and seek Him only…

The Bible says in Matthew 6:22: 

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 

It doesn’t say you will get some things…or that you will barely scrape by…no…the Bible says ALL these things shall be added to you.

How do we walk according to His plan?  How do we know what to do?  A few weeks earlier we talked about making decisions and letting Jesus be the reason behind every decision.  The way to know His plan and to follow it is similar.  We should look to the what is written in the Bible, ask “What would Jesus do?” and pray and seek His will.

The Bible says, “All things work together for good to them that love God.”  So, once you put your life in His hands, He will work things for your good.  Stop worrying.  No matter what is happening, just trust in Him.  Just like the tapestry.  It may look like a mess from below.  But, from God’s perspective it is all part of the picture He is making.  

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After the service, we prayed for the various ones with needs.  The couple from Vasant Vihar had us pray for the wife.  She seems to have lost her mind almost 25 years ago.  Her husband believed it was a miracle that the wife agreed to come to our home for prayer.  He said that she will never agree to allow anyone to pray for her. 

Then, Mom and I went to three slum areas to pass out cookies and share with the people.  We taught the children some new songs and shared the story of the Man at the Pool Bethesda. Afterwards, we prayed for those with needs.  God healed many of various aches and pains.  Some told us that they had noticed a difference the last time we had visited.  My most memorable moment was when a lady with a small child came up to us.  At first I didn’t recognize the child, but then I realized it was a little girl named Lalita.  Lalita has some birth defects which cause her basically to be in a vegetative state.  I assume she has severe cerebal palsy.  Lalita’s mom was excited to tell us that since we had prayed for the child a few times back in January and February, there had been improvements in the child.  She was now responding more and more alert.  The Mom was quite excited.  I asked her to bring Lalita for prayer to our home on Wednesdays and Sundays.

In the evening Mom went to pray for the lady with the pain in her legs and feet.  As mom was there, she called me and we prayed together for the lady.  The lady felt a relief in the pain.

At night the neighbor with the poor vision came for prayer.  As always he felt the power of God and he felt his eyesight improve as we prayed.  However, I don’t understand why the healing is not permanent.

Scripture for the Day:
 
My people shall never be put to shame.  Joel 2:27.

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