Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
Bible verse: “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 I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
A day of fasting and prayers does wonders to heal our mind and body.
Natural calamities are at their peak, unexplained and incurable diseases are on the rise, and the economy is in doldrums. Is it a man-made curse? May be. So it is high time to lend our body as a whole to the Almighty for his favour and work by reverting the curse. The efficacy of fasting and prayer is a time-tested verified fact . The medical field has tested the positive result of fasting and mantras for the speedy recovery of a number of life-threatening diseases like cancer, heart failure, diabetes, depression, arthritis etc. When we connect fasting and prayer with the spirit of God, the effect is tremendous. In orthodox Christian tradition, there is a 7-times set prayers with kneeling and prostration for all days with some exceptions. Fasting and prayers to cleanse the body, mind and soul is highly recommended on all Wednesdays and Fridays, the 25 days prior to Christmas, the 50 days before Easter, and also a few others. This ancient scientific treatment of fasting and prayer helps in achieving a healthy balanced soul, body and mind. All problems of our body, family and the church are rooted in the malnourishment due to lack of sumptuous food of fasting and prayer, and hardness of hearts. We need to humble ourselves and turn away from the wicked ways of life.
Declaration of fasting and prayer is mentioned in the Bible from Genesis through Revelation at the time of the dance of the evil - the crossing of difficulties and troubles. The king of Nineveh declared 40 days of fasting and prayer when he had heard the message of God through Jonah about the destruction of his country for its wicked ways. Jonah 3:10 - “When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.”
When the civil war raged and USA was facing destruction, President Abraham Lincoln called for a national day of fasting and prayer - a time for Americans to repent the sin of slavery and for God to heal them of the crimes that had separated them from other men.
Prayer : Jesus, let us fast and pray in earnest. Let our generation turn from their sins and look up to you with fasting and prayers. We pray for those who fast and pray. Let us have the heart and mind to look on you as our solace. All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Friday, 3rd Feb 2012
- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012