… Wrote an email out on Friday nite after my Praise and Pray time…

Make some amendments in case some names ought to be seen in the email…

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Dear all,

Just came back from this month Praise and Pray nite. by my church. Actually we already had our day of Prayer. the pastoral staff decided to have the last min Praise and Pray in view of the current chaos both in Iraq and many parts of the world, including Singapore especially.

Most of you have one way or another had been affected by the news of the SARS. It had claimed the lives of 2 individuals. many are still receiving treatments. Many parents are tremendously worried. Many were concerned. Leading to the closure of school from primary to JC level. there is still uproar in the higher institutions on how come they are not subjected to the closure.

Personally, my heart was already heavily burdened to know that war had taken many innocent lives. I thanked God for my CGL(Covenant Group Leader) decided to cancelled the Bible Study to a time of intercession for the war.

During the prayer, one of our members mention something about us humbling ourselves. immediately we knew what he was talking about. we searched quickly for the scriptures.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14

13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

We were reminded to humble ourselves and turn and pray for the people.

Thus, we worship God with songs and prayers. and ended with our hearts lifted up by the Lord.

Almost one week had passed, when I met Wee Leong(My Man to Man leader). We were doing some spiritual gift test. After discovering my gifts. he share from 2 Chronicles 7:13-14. The reason why we have the war and this virus.

He shared that we need to humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways. we ended the sessions by praying for the war and SARS.

Friday, which is today, went for the P and P. Pastor Tony shared about 2 Chronicles 7:13-14. Praise the Lord. it’s the 3 time, I come across from different individual about these verses. God is really teaching me something. not only me. but to the church as well.

We need to

1. Pray in Humbleness

2. Pray in Holiness

3. Pray in Hopefulness

Through the time of prayer, I realised that I was and am guilty of taking God for granted. I am like the Israel mentioned in the book of Hosea or the book of Amos. Continuously, sinning against God. attracting God’s wrath and judgment.

I pray that many of us, Christians will start to take God seriously. God had indeed blessed S’pore with so many blessings, which we had started to get complacent.

I want to looked beyond this unholy trinity of the I, ME and MYSELF mindset.and Pray in Humbleness, Pray in Holiness and Pray in Hopefulness. would you join with me in prayer for the our nation and the world.

Pastor Simon Loh, had sent the example. He died in his duty of service. He was so eagerly praying for the Mok family that to he was contacted with the virus. hence, he was called home to be with the Lord.

Please do remember to pray for his wife Lorenza that she will still clung onto the Lord. Let not the angst or pain which she is experiencing when Pastor Simon left her and children. Please pray for the children too.

My church had did a love offering to support the family financially. though know may not aid them on the financial part. you can still aid them in prayer.

Oops, I realised that I am very long-winded tonight. Rarely, do I take time to sit down and pin down my thoughts in the format of email.

Just wanna to share that I’m learning to allow God to mould me to be a man running after His heart to yield to His calling. I want to start surrendering my life afresh and experience His loving goodness.

Let us be prayerful to those who are around us even the stranger sitting next to you.

p/p/s: Apologizes for sending out mass emails… really dun have time to separate to different mailing list. It’s close to 2am in the morning… my eyes are heavy. Blessed morning!!!

In His partnership,

Raymond

I think it’s really meaning to me personally… decided to post it over my journal to keep it in case my harddisk crashed…

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