Saturday 12 August 2017

God, the Source of Our Hope

Day 6 (12 Aug 2017, Saturday)

It is very tempting for Christians to forget that our hope is in God alone.  Along the way, we get depressed and discouraged by whatever goes on around us.  When political turmoil increases, our distress increases.  When our currency fluctuates, our sanity fluctuates.  When things get gloomy, we become gloomy ourselves.

If God is our source of hope for salvation and eternal life, and this we attest to one another, then why is it we find so difficult going when our health or wealth goes down?  Why is it we become so easily affected by the negative words of people which is to the detriment of our spiritual and emotional well-being?

All these speaks that we must return to our true source of hope, and that is God Himself.  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).  This was Paul’s prayer for the believers in Rome.  And because of the applicability of the living Word, this is also Paul’s prayer for every believer today.

In this season of praying for our church in Malaysia and for our beloved nation, let us look forward and upward to our God of hope.  Let our prayers be filled with an undiminished and unshakeable hope in God who loves us and gave His beloved Son.  The world may change, but God’s love never changes.  It is truly in God that we have hope, because our God is the God of hope.

Pray for the States of Malaysia  :  Terengganu

Pray against various social vices in the state, e.g.  teenage pregnancies, substance abuse, sexual immorality, etc., which are prevalent among the local fishermen communities in Marang, Kuala Besut and Kemaman.

Pray for the tribes of Semoq Beri and Bateq in the state, in that their plight of being an underprivileged social-economic group will be heard, resulting in the prompt distribution of relevant aid to them.

Pray for more workers of the Lord to be sent to this harvest field, due to the fact that there are many churches in Terengganu that do not have permanent pastors and leaders that are able to nurture and shepherd the body of believers.  Pray that the young Christians who leave the state to pursue their studies or careers will continue to keep the faith.

Sources : Necf Malaysia

Download 2017 NECF Malaysia  40Days Fast & Prayer (Prayer Booklet)

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