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PRAY IN A GROUP OR ALONE?

By the way is any of these prayers better than the other? I have always wondered over this too until I got the revelation just the other day. I love the way God answers my worries, questions and concerns even before I ask Him at times.

I love the way God answers my worries, questions and concerns even before I ask Him at times.

We usually have fasting and prayer for our church and the whole church at large on every Monday, and then a corporate prayer in the evening from 7pm to 8pm. Now on this Sunday I was very tired and was not sure if I would fast the next day.

I had been finding it difficult to attend corporate prayers in the morning and evenings. I actually preferred praying alone so that I could have time just between me and my God and pray concerning my life and get to know what His will for my life really is.  I always enjoyed this and found it so spiritually refreshing than ever!

That evening I visited my mentor and had some nice time with Him. Then just before I left for my room we prayed together. I was first to pray, I prayed. He then prayed. In his prayer, he was addressing and declaring to each day of the week one by one. To Monday he declared, “We declare that no bad news shall come out of the day and that Lord, you shall leas us in knowing you more.” To all the days he kept repeating the phrase and mentioning even the church events on each day. It was nice.

Well, I slept still unsure on whether to be part of the fasting on Monday or not. I too was undecided on whether I should attend the evening corporate or not. I was like confused.

This was a night of its own type. Of late I hadn’t been having dreams but on this night, I had one. In the dream, I was walking from my room going to church at night with my friend and passed by this road bent at which we met a ghost! Yes, I mean a ghost. I can’t remember clearly its image but it was more like the ones we see in the fiction movies. With the confidence I had in my faith, I commanded it out of my way alone and for sure it did. We continued with our way to church. Just at the church gate, there was another one. This one looked stronger but I still had confidence to command it. Of course, the other one had obeyed so I expected this one too to follow suit. I did as I had done to the other one but this one just stood there looking at me, in fact it started moving towards me. So, I decided to stretch out my and continue declaring to it but it seemed to overpower me. I told my friend to join me in it and it took us some time, now both of us. Anyway, at last we made it and it was out of our way. We entered the church and gave thanks. Indeed, it had been a long and trying walk of just 200 meters.

From this I learnt of how strong we are when we stand together in faith, when we combine our prayers. Together we can do more! This experience changed my view ant the next day I had a reason enough to join other church members in fasting and praying for the church.

This however does not mean we neglect personal prayers. It is good to have personal devotions and quiet times, just we and our God alone but it is important too to supplement with corporate prayers.

 

 

 

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This Word Love…

In his many books and lectures the great educator, Leo Buscaglia showed us time and again how the love of just one person can change a life and change the world. I remember especially his story about the noted psychologist, Dr. Skeels.

In the early 20th century orphaned children were often warehoused in badly understaffed institutions where they received little if any attention or love. At one time Dr. Skeels took 12 of these orphaned children and let them be cared for, a few hours each day, by mentally retarded adolescent girls at a nearby institution. He also studied 12 other children who were left in the orphanage all day long. He followed these children until adulthood and the results he found were shocking. Of the 12 children left all day in the orphanage without love and attention all were either dead, in institutions for the mentally retarded or in institutions for the mentally ill. Of the 12 children cared for and loved by the mentally retarded teenage girls all were self-supporting, most had graduated high school, and all were happily married. The only difference in the lives of these children had been the love of one person.

God loves us all so much and His greatest wish is for us to love each other as well. Let us never forget then just how vital our love can be to another. Patrick McCauley wrote “ Some of us will reach millions, most of us will reach a few, and some will reach only one person. However, given the infinite significance of each person, there is no difference in the end.”

Give your love, your kindness, and your heart to others today. You never know whom you might touch, whom you might help, and whose life you may save. As Thomas Merton said: “How can anyone tell how much he owes to the goodness of those who love him?” You may be just one person and you may touch just one person but that alone can change the world.