Prayer heals the future

Usually the birth of a child is considered to be a happy occasion. Naming of that child is even more joyous. When Jabez was born, his mother experienced a painful childbirth. So she named him Jabez meaning pain or sorrow. Jabez had a name which signified the bad omen around his birth.

Jabez had a past. Yet his present was contrary to it. Jabez belongs to the pedigree of the tribe of Judah. Jabez sort after the perfect healer of his past. Yes, Jabez resorted to The Lord God of Israel. He cried to God that He would bless him. His only supplication to God, was to enlarge his territory. He pleaded that the hand of God be on him. He prayed to be far away from harm and free from pain. God granted his request.

Our God is the Alpha and Omega. He transformed the past of Jabez and blessed his present. God directed him with His powerful hand to rise above his painful and depressing past. Jabez was raised above his family heritage of pain since he made a wise decision.


Believer – “On duty”

In the end of his first epistle to the church in Thessalonica, Paul writes a set of instructions for Christina living. We as believers can directly apply the same to our life as the intended audience to that epistle were also believers of Christ. Here he talks about real life situations which are applicable to us. He talks about people who are idle, faint-hearted and weak.  We come across such people at home, at work and at play. Here he explains the way to deal with them:

  • Admonish the idle: People who lack the interest to work are said to be idle. Idle people suffer hunger. (Proverbs 19:15) We read about the virtuous woman who is swift with her hands, that is the example that we must follow. As believers, we must be swift and never idle. Also when we come across idle people, it is the duty of the church to advice them to be active and productive to the family and the society.
  • Encourage the faint-hearted: People who lack courage are said to be faint-hearted. As believers it is our duty to lift up those with a timid spirit and fill them with courage to face life. Encourage them to accomplish their purpose for Christ.
  • Help the weak: People who are helpless are said to be weak. As believers it is our duty to help people in helpless situations.

Above all, Paul urges us to be patient with all these people. The idle people might not accept your first advice. In that juncture, you need to be patient and pray about it that God may tend his heart to take good counsel. The faint-hearted could repulse when you try to life them up. In this situation, we need to be patient and pray that God will use us as a channel to fill their life with courage. The weak could snub your help. In such circumstance, we need to hold on with hope that God will open a way that we may help them. Whatever may be the response from them we need to be patient (I Thessalonians 5:14), take no revenge (I Thessalonians 5:15a), seek to do well (I Thessalonians 5:15b), rejoice in doing well (I Thessalonians 5:16), pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17) and give thanks in all circumstances (I Thessalonians 5:18).

To conclude, the first set of duties of a believer is to counsel the idle, lift the timid and help the weak. The second set to duties of the believer is to be patient, do no evil but do good, and rejoice, pray and give thanks in everything.


Unfolding of God’s plan

We believe in God’s plan. We know He has a plan for each of our lives. We trust His plan to be perfect for us. I am a person who has the above said temperament. Here is an account of  the encounter I had with God’s plan.

Before the encounter, I was going through a low phase. All that I could see was a gloomy and grey surrounding. My mind could never perceive any good out of this situation. Something similar to the perception that the people had about Bethlehem, ‘What good can come out of Bethlehem?’ Though my intellect could not perceive any good my ethereal mind still believed in God’s plan. Spirituality teaches us that we need to wait for God’s assigned time to receive His perfect plan for us.

When it was God’s time, the perfect plan of God unfolded. This unfolding was similar to the snow melting away at the instance of sunbeam. In a snowy town, the houses, roads, trees, vehicles are present but snow has covered them. Hence we will be unable to see them. Once the sun is up and the snow melts are these things will gain visibility. Similarly God’s plan unfolded gradually and gently in mu life. As the snow melted gently, I was able to see the colorful plan of God in contrast to the all white image during snow. Gradually I was able to visualize the plan of God. This plan of God was a marvel to my eyes. His ways are eternal and beyond comprehension. I praise and thank God for his grace and favor in my life.

To conclude, the lessons that I learnt from this incident are:

  1. Wait for God’s time: We should wait to receive God’s plan in our lives. “God will open a bud, womb, cocoon, door only when we wait for His perfect time”
  2. Let God unfold the plan: We should be patient for God to intervene and open the plan for us. In haste we might spoil the plan. Consider the blooming of a flower, human interference wilts the bud and ruins the chance of becoming a flower. Similarly, in our human hurry we could tamper God’ plan. Hence we should keep quite and allow God to work and acknowledge that God’ plan is best as said in Jeremiah 29:11, ‘For I know that plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare, not for evil, to give you a future and a hope’.

With this lesson in might let us wait for God’s time and for God to unfold His perfect plan for us.

“Run away” phase

Can one run away from God? Do we have the capacity to run away from God? Is it even possible? Our ancestors have tried to do and have failed miserably. We should never run away from God. Here is a study of the reasons that instigated them to run away from God. This will help us to be alert and protect us when we come across such situations in life.

  • Sin – God commanded Adam and Eve to enjoy everything in the garden except the fruit from the middle tree. When they were deceived by the serpent they consumed that fruit and sinned against God. As a result of this sin they were unable to face God. Their ‘run away’ phase started when God came to visit them. They hid themselves and refrained from meeting God.
  • Disobedience – God commanded Jonah to caution Ninevah about the destruction that is due. Jonah feared to prophesy against Ninevah. Jonah’s ‘run away’ phase started when He boarded the ship to Tarsissh.
  • Opposing God – Saul was an oppressor to the Christians of that age. Saul was running away from God when he was en route Damascus to  destroy the church. His ‘run away’ phase started then.

The only end for this ‘run away’ phase could be a meeting with God. They all meet God and repented but that is not the main content of this blog. The actual focus is:

  1. To avoid this ‘run away’ phase in our lives. We as Christians should wake up at the verge of a sinful desire or a disobedient thought or an opposing attitude. Immediately one should pluck out seeds of such a desire, thought and attitude. If we fail to do this, we would ‘run away’ from God. So be alert to uproot such things and stay with God.
  2. For those who are already in the ‘ run away’ phase, take this as a call for you to repent and get back to God’s hands.
  3. When one fails to get back to God and set things right at this situation, one would eventually start running away from people who will caution them of their ‘run away’ status. You could avoid a church service, dislike to meet a missionary, refrain from fellowship, overall avoid people who remind them of their status. Life will rot without God and Godly fellowship. So never even go to this point in your life.

Never ‘run away’ from God, remember He is omnipresent. He knows your every move and the intention behind them. Without God your life will surely go in for ruin. So never dare to run away from God’s presence. Stay with God.


I was expecting a breakthrough for which I had preconceived and fabricated a situation in my mind. I fixed this as the breakthrough that I expected in my life. Here I would like the give an account of the lessons that God taught me as He gently brought in this breakthrough into my life.

1. God’s plan prevails:

I had created a plan for my life and set points that I thought would be breakthrough. God had a different plan as we read in Proverbs 19:21 as, ‘Many are the plans in the mind of man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand’. Hence we need to give up the plan that we have for ourselves and just look to God. God taught me to give my life into his hands entirely instead of making my own plans. We have to nullify the plans that we have and surrender completely into God’s able hands. God took we though situations and etched the different aspects of the plan. He molded me to give up the entire plan and fall back into His hands. Only after this, the plan of the Master God unfolded.

2. God’s plan perfect:

After receiving the plan of God I am awestruck by it’s magnificence. When I compare the plan I had with the one which God has they are just incomparable. My plan is a dwarf before the gigantic plan of God. We read in Corinthians 2:9 as, ‘ What no eyes has seen, nor no ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him’.  God’s plan is the best and beyond your comprehension. God’s plan is perfect because he knows your past, present and your future. So He would tailor the most appropriate breakthrough that you require.

Dear friends, you might be expecting a breakthrough in your life. Never create a preconceived plan in your mind for your breakthrough. If you happen to have one already, then give it up and believe only in the name of Jesus. God will plan the most perfect plan for you. Believe that God’s plan will be the best and entrust your life into His mighty hands.

A unique prayer 

We ask for many things. At times during prayer our petitions outweighs our praises. We ask for luxury, comfort, money, riches for our kith and kin. 

In the book of Proverbs, I found a different prayer. Proverbs 30:8 says, ‘give me neither poverty nor riches’. I agree if people pray that Lord keep poverty away from me, but why prosperity too? 

The reason behind it is so practical. The author explains that both poverty and prosperity would breech him from God. If in poverty, one might despise or blasphemy against God due to his burden. Our inabilities could cripple us from walking in Godly ways. This is absolutely true and practically possible. Because it is difficult to hold on to God during a scarcity. On the contrary, luxury can carry you away from God. Amist prosperity one could  forget to revere God. (Proverbs 30:9)

Hence, the author prays this one line prayer. It sounded complete, moreover like an one stop shop flash prayer. Probably we can memorize this and use it several times during our day. This prayer is found in Proverbs 30:8, ‘feed me with food convenient for me’. This same verse in the Bible of my mother tongue is framed to give the following meaning, ‘Lord grant me just what is enough for me’. I have started to practise this prayer, hope the same with you.

Making a home

The very point that I would like to clarify is, ‘Making a home is not the same as building a house’. A lot of efforts go into the making of a materialistic house. A lot more in involved in the making of a home. A luxurious house is incomplete without a happy family to call it ‘home sweet home’. Furniture with upholstery, latest home appliances, ceramic utensils, fine decors can make a comfortable house but never a home. Building a house needs a house loan but to make a home money is not essential. Here is what God taught me about ‘Making a home’. These are the three important requisites for making a home.

1. Choose the best architect

We tend to look for the best architect in town to work for our house. We read in Psalms 127:1 as, ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain’. So when it comes to making of our home, we need to involve God. One should give the entire process into God’s hands and just follow Him. When God is the head of the house then He would take care of each and every thing. We can happily entrust the authority to God and just play the role that He appoints for us. 

2. Buy the material

In Proverbs 24:3-4 we read that, ‘By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches’. One has to have heavenly wisdom to make a home. The qualities of heavenly wisdom are purity, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, full of good fruit, impartial and sincere. (To read more follow this link below) So one needs to be full of heavenly wisdom to build a house and establish it with understanding.

3. Be the efficient worker

God has entrusted this duty with the wife of the house. (Proverbs 14:1) The wife has the capability to build a house and also to destroy it. Hence wives be alert to choose the best for tour family.

As Christians, we need to understand the importance of making a home. Making a home is more paramount than building a house. God is the best architect to make a home; by wisdom home is built and understanding it is established. Though making a home is the responsibility of a wife, even the husband can pitch in to help. With God a couple make their home because a chord of three strands is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12) Making of a home with God as the architect and heavenly wisdom as cement is successful. 

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Recipe to preserve life

Preservative is a type of cutlery skill wherein few preservative are added to seasonal foodstuff to be enjoyed through out the year. This preservation of food stuff would work for few months and would fail with time. There is no preservative that can preserve the food for a lifetime. But our life has to be preserved forever in order to enjoy eternity with God. Here I would discuss the preservatives necessary to preserve our life for eternity.

1. Guard your mouth

Mouth is used to eat and talk. I would like to give equal importance to both. As a person from medical background I would say that guard your mouth from eating unhealthy food would preserve your body. Our health is a gift that God has given us in full. It is our duty to preserve it for our entire lifetime. When we practice healthy eating habits our body would remain fit. The next point is talking. In Proverbs 13:3a we read that “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life”. We need to be cautious about the words that our mouth utters. We should be vigilant to avoid ungodly words. When we do so our life with be preserved.

2. Guard your ways

In Proverbs 16:17b we read that, “whoever guards his way preserves his life. Let us live our lives in Godly ways. We should learn to stay away from slanderous  and wicked ways.

The practical tip for you to guard your mouth and ways is to hate your life in this world. When we learn to hate the world we would automatically refrain from fame, money and position. When we change our focus from the world we will just focus on Godly standards. When our standards change from worldly to Godly we will be able to preserve our life for eternity.

John 12:15 say, “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life”.

So as Christians, let us focus on heavenly standards to guard our mouth and ways against evil. When we do this our life will be preserved for eternity. Let us learn the tip, “Hate the world and love God alone” If we fail to do this in our life will rot and stink both on earth as well as in eternity.


Birthday prayer

As my birthday was around the corner, since last week I had been praying Saul’s prayer. (Read my previous blog to know what is Saul’s prayer; follow the link in the end) Every year I used to look to God for a promise to hold on. But this year I decided to ask God to give me a commandment that should follow for the rest of my life. Last Sunday while the pastor was preaching the verse in Hosea 10:12 caught my attention.

Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. Hosea 10:12

I prayed to God to show me what was His will for me. I prayed that He may speak to me clearly and give me the way forward. Here is an account of what God showed me.

Command 1: Sow for yourselves righteousness

Direct each of your acts and test if it is righteous. Apply the test of righteousness to even the smallest of the deed. When your start to compare your actions with God’s righteousness, then automatically your standard of living will increase. When we apply this test to each act, your entire live will be raised and you will sow righteousness. In Proverbs 11:18, we read that he who sows righteousness is sure to receive a reward.

Command 2: Reap steadfast love

Righteousness is linked to a reward so let us not claim the reward as a right, but reap it in accordance to the love of Christ. We should never feel that the harvest is an outfall of your righteousness but purely by the grace of God, because it is God who will increase the harvest of your righteousness. ( II Corinthians 9:10) So let us learn to correlate each blessing with the grace and love of Christ instead of our righteousness.

Command 3: Break up your fallow ground

Though parts of our life is open to God’s teaching, there could be areas that we have locked from God’s access. Such parts can remain like an uncultivated land. Let us look within to identify such parts of our life and open them to God. The fallow parts of our lives have to be uncovered to receive the word of God. So let us til our fallow grounds and prepare them.

Command 4: Seek the Lord 

Even in those fallow parts of our life, we should seek God. We may retain few actions that we control instead of giving God the complete control.  In such areas let us seek the Lord and follow God’s ways.

End result: Lord will come and rain righteousness upon me

When we follow the above mentioned four commands, Lord will enter our lives and command the rain of righteousness. In Proverbs 29:2, we read that when the righteous increase the people will rejoice. Be assured of the rain when there are righteous people around.

Readers you can make a decision like me to follow all these four commands in your life and enjoy the end result. Hope this blog based on my birthday lesson was useful. Blessed day!!


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Saul’s prayer

Saul was a man of valor who went around persecuting the people of God. He with his masculinity ravaged the church and the believers. He had muscular strength and was powerful. But on the road to Damascus God struck him down. When he was blinded, Saul heard a voice speaking to him from the light that shined around him. He realized that God was speaking to him. He immediately replied saying,

“Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”

Dear readers, we might be in a situation where we are travelling in a wrong route. We can be running away from the will of God. Like Saul who was speeding to persecute the church in Damascus. God can lock us down, like in the life of Saul. God can use such ways to bring us into track. He will intervene in our life to get us back. You might be in a similar situation where all doors seem locked. You could see nothing working out despite your sincere efforts. If this is your situation, then that is simply similar to Saul’s situation. Let us pray this prayer, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” with the following thought.

  1. You need to understand that this sentence might seem like a question but this is a fervent prayer of submission.
  2. Saul minimizes him and exhausts God. Saul submits himself into the hands of God
  3. Saul decides to walk in the ways of God.

Let us use this pray in our personal life. Whenever you are locked down pray this prayer of submission. God will amazingly lead you in His eternal ways.