Thursday, 5 March 2020

Where is your focus today?

We tend to live in a world of 'I wants...' in fact we are encouraged to develop our 'wants'. We want a certain car, a certain home, a certain dress. The list goes on ad infinitium. Our thoughts can revolve around wants such as technology wants, travel wants, food wants... It is of course natural. The otherside of our wants is what does God want? Can we trust Him with our wants and give us what we truly need?

So in the morning I'm trying to refocus.

God please let me have the courage to see the truth and deal with it in a Godly manner
Please help me to trust in you completely
Please let me dwell in your everlasting peace
Thank you Lord for all I have in you
Please let me live in courage and not fear
Gratitude and not need
Let me not exchange my value in you with the worlds fleeting temptations
Let me set my heart on Eternity and your eternal rest rather than anything the world can offer
Let me be truthful in my way of living and trust that you will give me and my family our every need
Thank you Lord
Amen

The key word is Coronovirus. It is really a fear virus. Is it real? I'm not sure what is real and what is not in the media these days. Everything seems to be pushing a certain agenda. The question is what does it make you feel like when you see pictures of people with masks, people filling up their shopping trolleys with essentials... you feel it! You can laugh it off. My friends have but I know they feel it too. They say it is political flexing, it game play. Well, this gameplay feels real enough. What is important when these global events are happenning and there is nothing that your opinion does? Well, besides making jokes and shrugging it off, we must Trust in Him more than ever! We must stick to our values, not be overtaken with fear values. We must put God first, we must be good witnesses. We must share and be generous and kind and courteous. Not get stressed.

When things like this happen we remember what we have. We do not value what we have so much as when we are scared of losing it. My feeling now is to hide in a cave until this is all over. Truly! This is so epidemic. Schools in Japan have closed. I feel the fear of all the children huddled at home not able to go out and play with their friends and have fun and be children. The poor parents who need to meet the expectations of being a good parent but are living in their own hell hole of fear and uncertainty. It is up to the leaders to show good leadership and not feed into this fear but show strength and courage and moral leadership. What can we do when we can not trust our flesh and blood leaders? No, not turn to robots! We must trust the one who created us who loves us unconditionally who did not create us for us to be swollowed up by fear.

I hope this post helped someone today. It helped me by writing it.

If you have not turned to Him please consider his grace and his gift for you. He sent his only son to die for your sins so that you can rest in his eternal and immutable peace so that you can have eternal and immutable joy. The sorrows of this world will be washed away and his great truth will live forever on. Please consider partaking of this great gift that no man can ever match.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

The Daniel Prayer

How did Daniel Pray?

Daniel is my favourite character in the bible. His unrelenting service to God, his fearlous courage in the face of mortal danger and his devotion to God's kingdom are in the top echelons of service. He became vegetarian so that he would not have to eat meat that was sacrificed to idols. I was thinking about diet and what I eat now to what I used to eat as a vegetarian. And, truthfully I think I would be glad never to eat meat again however I'm not sure I could stay healthy that way. Meat is the least reactive and also gives me a noticeable boost in energy and mood. Too bad some animal has to die for my needs. However, it is impossible for us to live without animals making a sacrifice of some sort. The truth is that our lives demand sacrifices of other living creatures. That is just the truth that we cannot get away from. We could just simply eat less, to our requirements instead of treating food as something of pleasure. However I do think that God intended us to enjoy our food. It is a blessing to eat and enjoy but probably just not to excess.

So how did Daniel pray? He knelt which is something that people did not do so much of at the time. Even today Jews do not kneel down I do not think, they stand and rock back and forth to pray. He also had the window open to the temple and he thanked God for all that he was blessed. Daniel was blessed too! He was blessed with unwavering faith, great intelligence, love of his nation and great stamina as well as determination to have the temple rebuilt.

Daniel prayed three times a day. This seems very regimented but I think it was a dedication. He was living amongst  people who opposed God, whose practices were against God. He needed to keep his mind on God at all times and this was a way to do that. He wanted to remind himself of who he was in God and not in relation to others whose beliefs were diametrically opposed to the one he loved most.

Should we pray three times a day in thanksgiving? Prayer is not something that is set for prayer times and format. It is something that comes from the heart. I think it would be a good practice to pray at least morning and night. And maybe a quick thanks giving prayer before lunch would be a good idea just to remind yourself of who you are and your real identity in the universe. You are not merely going about your daily business but you are ultimately serving God, you are ultimately submitting to his will in all things so what is mundane becomes sacred. Gods love for us is a great blessing, how can we repay him? We cannot but he can be thankful by serving him everyday in every way. For this, we need to remind ourselves of who is our true king and saviour; and that's where multiple prayer times can be useful. However, we must not make it mandatory so that we feel guilt if we miss a prayer time, rather we should pray as we remember during the day and especially when we feel overwhelming emotions. We also do not need to kneel rather just take a moment by ourselves so that we can commune with God and speak directly to him. God hears our prayers so let us pray and thank him for all that we have in Him.