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sweet hour of prayers for the storms.

March 12, 2014

i always thought the sweet hour of prayers will lead to the soothing sunshine hour of tomorrow, but i realized that the sweet hours of prayers are rather like the ‘calm before the storm’.

what do i mean by that?

{{what if the sweet hour of prayer means a strength for the stormy hour that is coming?
what if the troubling hour of prayer means a humility for the sweet hour that is coming?
what if the quiet hour of prayer means a victory shout for the turbulent hour that is coming?
what if the battling hour of prayer means an armor for the peaceful hour that is coming?
what if the fasting hour of prayer means a satisfying meal for the temptation hour that is coming?
what if the baffling hour of prayer means a submission for the unveiling hour that is coming?
what if the crumbling hour of prayer means a joy for the healing hour that is coming?
what if the radiating hour of prayer means a spark of light for the darkness hour that is coming?}}

our church was supposed to have the second monthly prayer meeting, and from my previous experience of leading it, i knew i should really prepare for it through prayers. it is something to lead a small group to pray together, but to the whole church (not knowing who will show up) to pray for 2 hours is another thing. so i did what i do best on the saturday night. i enjoyed preparing for it with a time of prayer, and at some points i didn’t even know what to pray for, but i prayed. with the Holy Spirit’s help, i prayed on different things, and i knew the next day will be good. though my definition of ‘good’ maybe different from what God had intended. i prayed, and in confident i rested my Sunday to God. the day came…. probably the roughest Sunday i had ever had. before the service until to the end, nothing really went well as i planned. from 11am to 10pm, most of the things went not according to what i had in mind.
“so humbling, isn’t it?”, i thought. from the minutes to the hours. from the little things to some of the big things. from the people to the instruments, things were not working out well. i really thought having a good prayer time would mean having things going well and wonderful. i was surely mistaken. i learned this…

the sweet hour of prayers were preparing me for the storms that were coming ahead.
i was surprised to myself how i was responding to the different unexpected situations… like seriously, it is ME, who is the worst sinner– the inpatient, the perfectionist, the grumbling, the judging, the grudge-holding, the prideful, the all-for-me, the thou-shall-do-what-i-say, and the list goes on.

my response to the events might not have been the best, but wow, i praised God for surviving the day. at least not for yelling at people and not having a stone-like face. hahaha
i don’t know how miserable i would have been that day if God hadn’t prepared me with the hour of prayer, just talking and spending time with Him. as i stated earlier, at some points, i did not know what to pray for and how to pray, but now i understand what i was praying for and what the Spirit was praying for me.

through these, i am coming to understand about the prayer a little bit now although i preached about prayer two Sunday services ago…. (Colossians 1:9-14)

we do not pray so that everything goes well with our plans, but
we pray so that we may find STRENGTH and JOY in GOD’s WILL.
we pray so that we may know His will while in the midst of our imperfect plans are destroyed.
we pray so that the joy of our salvation may still be sweet in the midst of the trials.
we pray so that we may be transformed not for our glory, but for God’s glory.
we pray so that we may know Christ is with us even when no one seems to understand.

we pray to confess that we are weak.
we pray to speak to the living God.
we pray to be told of His goodness.

we may never see when and where the wind is going to start blowing, but surely we can prepare ourselves with building our hearts on the solid Rock.

the sweet hour of prayer could mean a strength for the stormy hour that is coming.
the troubling hour of prayer could mean a humility for the sweet hour that is coming.
the quiet hour of prayer could mean an endurance for the turbulent hour that is coming.
the battling hour of prayer could mean an armor for the peaceful hour that is coming.
the fasting hour of prayer could mean a satisfying meal for the temptation hour that is coming.
the baffling hour of prayer could mean a submission for the unveiling hour that is coming.
the crumbling hour of prayer could mean a joy for the healing hour that is coming.
the radiating hour of prayer could mean a spark of light for the darkness hour that is coming.

although prayer is a big topic and this may not cover it all, perhaps we can summarize it this way-
a time of prayer is a preparation for the glorious eternal hour that is coming.

for our Lord Jesus, the loud crying hours in the garden of Gethsemane was for the coming of the conquering eternal hours on the third day. Jesus’ previous prayer for Peter was for him to have repentance even after denying Jesus three times. the prayer was not that he would not deny him, but that “his faith may not fail” when satan tried to sift him away. of course the difference is He knows what comes next and we do not.

regardless of the hours, we are called to pray as God's people, and so let us pray. although i never fully understood when people say that we can store up our prayers -- now i get it a bit more.

let us pray with reverent submission like Jesus Christ. He was heard because of it. He submitted to the Father's will regardless of the cup not passing away. now Jesus is at the right hand of the Father.

none of our prayers go unanswered.
let us store up our prayers even when we do not know when/how/where it is being stored for.

so…. let us learn to pray more and more. yes, you!
dedicating this post to my beloved youth group kids who are trying to make the best out of this Lenten season.

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2 Comments

  • Reply henrydr March 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    this is AWESOME! pretty poetic too!

    thanks for the blessing post! it looks like you spent a lot of time writing it and meaning what you say. i can tell your writing style is getting better and your messages are deeper in insight!

    • Reply Van March 19, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks brother! It means a lot coming from you.
      🙂

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