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battling with cancer, Pastor Jeremiah rediscovers the meaning of prayer.
Book by David Jeremiah
of pages: 86
Price: RM 30.00 (Hardcover).
“Why does God ask us to pray?” In answer to this, Jeremiah writes, “Scripture
insists that God has hard-wired the universe in such a way that He works
primarily through prayer…At the moment we pray, we become subject to the most
powerful force in the universe.” And he continues,
“When we neglect prayer, we actually limit what God might do in our lives and
in the lives of others.”
The senior pastor of Shadow Mountain
Community Church in San Diego, California,humbly shares, “I don’t write this book as an expert in prayer.”
When he was battling with cancer, he began to discover a new dimension to
prayer: “When things are going smoothly in your life, you pray one way; when you get into a tight spot,
you pray another way. Your pleas become more intense; you find yourself crying
out to God.” Why can’t our prayers be equally intense on both our good and bad
also debunks the common belief that we need to break down God’s reluctance to
do something for us. He does not believe we have to “bash in the door of God’s
unwillingness” to answer our prayers.
during his travels, he willingly obliged his four-year grandson who had
reminded him to bring home the airline magazine. Why? “Because he’s my
grandson, and anything he requests from me—if
it is within my power, and it isn’t harmful for him—I’m going to do for him.” (The lad loved to view the
wonderful products in the magazine).
the same way,he shares, the heavenly
Father would gladly meet our requests if we would only ASK—ask, seek and knock. Asking God in faith, he adds, should be our first resort and not our last when other avenues have been exhausted.
Sometimes we get discouraged by great needs and
difficulties, even to the point of desperation. Could it be, Jeremiah asks,
that “one reason we have great problems is that God wants to show us great
solutions?” Isn’t this in line with the truth that God is able to do far more
than what we can ask or think? (Ephesians 3:20).
Jeremiah believes we don’t pray because we’re too
busy. He shares one particularly busy day in Jesus’ life from Mark 1:21-34.
While teaching in the synagogue on the Sabbath, he healed a man with an unclean
spirit. Then he went over to Simon’s house and healed Simon’s mother-in-law of
fever. At sunset, the “whole city” brought all those who were sick and
demon-possessed to Jesus for healing and deliverance. It was an exhaustive day,
putting strain on both the mind and body. While most of us would want a full
night’s rest, Jesus was different. The following morning, before daylight, he went
out to a solitary place to pray (Mark 1:35).
But then we reason, He is God; we are mere mortals.
But if Jesus needed prayer, what makes us think we can neglect it? Then, Jeremiah
goes on to emphasise a fundamental truth: “The very thing that qualifies us to
pray is our helplessness.” It is like what Ole Hallesby wrote in his book, Prayer: “Only those who are helpless can
For those who falter with words, thinking we need a
special “insider” language before God takes our prayers seriously, Jeremiah writes:
“God doesn’t want us to shift into a stained-glass prayer voice.” Rather, God
wants us to come to Him openly and sincerely. “Prayer is about real-world
concerns, spoken in real-world language,” he adds.
Jeremiah also shares insights from Bill Hybels’ book, Too Busy Not to Pray onhow journaling helped him in prayer: “…
write out your prayers and then read them to God …It forces me to be specific …
it keeps my mind from wandering. And it helps me see when God answers prayers.”
86 pages, this little book holds the promise
of big change in our lives. A chili padi
of sorts on prayer insights. No, this book has nothing in common with the
sensationalism of Hollywood’s The Matrix. But it is an amazing book which we will need to read ... because
the tumultuous times we’re living in call
for extraordinary solutions.
it or not, many of us will be feeling the heat—the
contagion effect of the world’s economic crisis, something no maverick, not
even Obama, can offer an immediate panacea.
need to go back to the basics and rediscover the meaning of prayer—like the author.
If Prayer Matrix
has stirred your heart to spend more time in prayer—not just feed your mind on
a difficult subject—then you would progressively appreciate what its tagline
says, “Plugging into the Unseen Reality.”
The above article was first published in
Asian Beacon magazine, Dec 2011, issue 43.6