Friday, January 11, 2008

Prayer - The Key That Unlocks The Portals Of Heaven

When was the last time we were in a desperate situation, when our backs were against the wall, and we have no where else to go?

When was the last time when everyone seemed to have deserted us and we were left alone to face an almost insurmountable trial in our lives?

When was the last time we felt terrible pains in our bodies because of lingering illnesses?

And when was the last time we suffered a broken heart because someone so dear to us has abandoned and betrayed us?

In situations like these, we are left alone to lick our own wounds and to seek consolation from beyond lest, we fall into the temptation of ending our own lives.

Our lives may be shrouded in darkness and we may not see any light to guide us,
but there is Someone who is always willing to listen to us. We can pour out all the pains, the sorrows, the bitterness, the shame, the guilt, everything to Him who is faithful and true, and who patiently waits for us to open the doors of our hearts, so that He can come in and stay with us.

When we were yet little children, we were taught by our parents to always pray so that our lives may have divine guidance and protection. But as we grew older and became educated, we depended more and more on our own abilities and the advices and help of other people.

We only remember God when we are faced with impossible situations, where we
are exposed as so vulnerable and weak as to really help ourselves. It is then that we should humble ourselves, fall down on our knees, and pray.

Prayer is an admission of our total dependence on God who created us in the first place. Like little children once more, we seek our heavenly Father who is more than willing to give us all that our hearts desire if only we will delight in Him and His presence in our lives.

"Delight yourselves in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm 37:4)

Prayer is the key that unlocks the very portals of heaven, where we seek once again our heavenly Father who graciously showers us with the abundance of His blessings and grace from His great storehouse of blessings.

Pray. It works.

My Prayer - The Platters (1950s) USA

Posted by Mel Avila Alarilla

Monday, January 7, 2008

Hope Springs Eternal

Are you suffering from excruciating pain because of a lingering illness? Are you broken hearted and feel that there is no more reason for you to live? Do you have mountains of problems that you feel you have already reached the end of the line? Is your situation so desperate that you feel you are already at the very edge of a cliff, ready to fall into a deep ravine? Are you suffering from sleepless nights, worrying and fearful of what tomorrow will bring? Do you feel so alone and lonely as if everybody has left and deserted you?

If so, then you must be desperate and hopeless already and could not see any light at the dark tunnel you are in. But wait, isn't it that hope springs eternal? As long as we're still alive, there is still hope for a better and joyful tomorrow. As they say, there is always light at the end of a tunnel.

And so, we hold on to that hope that after all the trials we are encountering, we will find peace, light and deliverance at the end of that dark tunnel.

We must only cling to that hope. Hope of what? Hope is not dreaming nor wishful thinking. We cannot just dream that our fairy godmother will pop out of thin air and give us everything that our hearts desire. Nor do we dream that we will win the high stakes lotto and wipe all our troubles away. No, it will never work that way.

Hope is anchored on a divine promise. Let us just take one divine promise of hope. Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Now we know that God's plan for us is to prosper us and to give us hope and a future. So we hold on to this divine promise no matter what situation we may be in right now.

But wait a minute. There is a price for this. Nothing is free in the economy of God. We have to work for everything. Matthew 6:33 says, "Seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you."

The price is just that. We must seek God's kingdom and His righteousness first.
In other words, we have to walk in His ways and follow His divine will and not our own. Then and only then can we really hope to achieve everything that our hearts desire.

Posted by Mel Avila Alarilla

"Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts" (Hebrews 4:7b)


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