Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Prayer Points for Tuesday Prayer Meeting - 31 Mar 2020

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Here is the prayer points for today. Please intercede and pray with on your own or with your family from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.


31 Mar 2020 - Power Of Prayer

Tuesday
31 March 2020

POWER OF PRAYER




Today’s devotion is taken from Luke 19:28-48 and this bible passage is mainly used for Palm Sunday sermon. It is about the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. That was a week of celebration with people lining the road, spreading their cloaks on the road as Jesus rode through, and waving palm branches shouting loudly joyful praises to God. But sadly, when that week ended, another week began whereby Jesus was arrested, tried, condemned and crucified.

From that same bible passage, in verses 45-46, we recognized that Jesus was angry in seeing traders doing business in the temple, that he chased them out and said, “It is written, my house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers.”

The church is, first and foremost, to be a place of prayer. A. W. Tozer, a modern-day prophet has said that the real size of a church is measured by who attends the prayer meeting. Why the big emphasis on prayer?

The Scriptures are full of bible verses on prayer. This is to tell us how important prayer is and how necessary it is for us to pray.

Thought to ponder – Why would God invite, even command us to pray if He were not going to answer? He is ready to answer our prayers. It is for us to pray in faith according to His revealed will, to persevere in prayer and leave the means and timing to Him. We do our part and He will surely do His.

Prayer is more than just communicating with God. There is power in our prayers. God will move mountains through our time interceding on behalf of others. When the whole church prays, the gates of hell tremble. When the believer prays, the enemy flees.

Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) tells us to come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Isn’t that wonderful? We can go boldly to God in our prayers. He loves it when we do. We cannot underestimate the power of prayer. Let us be like the persistent widow in our prayers. God will hear them, and He will answer in due time.

Prayer – Lord Jesus, grow ME to be a person of faithful, faith-filled prayer. Amen.

Monday, March 30, 2020

30 Mar 2020 - The Parable of the Ten Minas

30 March 2020
The Parable of the Ten Minas

Good morning!

Today’s devotion is taken from Luke 19:11-27- The Parable of the Ten Minas

This parable is about the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth and Jesus will be asking us to account what we have done with all the resources given to us. Do we appreciate what we have and have we multiplied it for the Kingdom of God?

1)      To be faithful

The first servant and second servant appreciated that everything they had came from God and that we are called to be faithful and multiply what God had entrusted us with. They also appreciated that they were living for Christ and not for themselves. They took seriously the command which is to invest in plans and purposes that will be for His Glory. One of these which I want to focus on is the sharing of the Gospel. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 says that we are entrusted with the Gospel. To be entrusted means to be responsible over and to take care of”. God has entrusted all of us with sharing the good news of Christ and to make disciples to the ends of the earth.

It is especially at this time of uncertainty that the Gospel must be shared. Our workplace, family and friends may be anxious or fearful but we all are placed in a position where we can share what Christ has done for us and what being a Christian means. There is no better time than now to show that we are living in the hope found in His name. There is only one truth and one certainty, that is, only in Jesus can we find true peace, comfort and hope. Jesus has promised peace to his believers:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27).

We want to be sowing seeds into people’s lives and be a blessing to others. When Jesus returns again, we want to hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

2)      Personal responsibility

This parable also highlighted that it is our personal responsibility to use what resources God had entrusted us with and Jesus will ask us to account what we have done with it. Are we living for God’s plans or purposes or are we living for our own plans and purposes?  The unfaithful servant did not take the command of God seriously and chose his own plan instead. As a result, he was adjudged to be lazy and his mina was taken away from him. Let us take this time to reflect and not be like the third servant who made an unwise decision.


Prayer
Father, we want to thank you for everything that you have given to us. We acknowledge that everything comes from you, everything that we have is a blessing from you. We want to use it all for your glory to extend your Kingdom. Give us the courage and opportunity to share your truth to those around us. We pray your peace that surpasses all understanding be upon us and be upon this nation. Teach us O Lord to humble ourselves and to submit to all your plans and purposes. In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen. 


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday Service 29.03.2020

Good Morning, we hope you are having a blessed Sunday with your family. Here is the pre-recorded service today. Thank you for watching, remember to  practice good hygiene and stay connected. God bless!

A big thank you to the SAC Media Team and volunteers for making this possible.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

28 Mar 2020 - Wanting to See Jesus


Devotion, 28 March 2020
Luke 19:1-9 – Wanting to See Jesus
“He wanted to see Jesus… (v. 3)”

Zacchaeus was a very wealthy Jewish man. Despite his wealth, he was hated and despised by his fellow countrymen. He was seen as a traitor to his people for a) working for the Roman Empire, b) collecting tax and, c) cheating people by collecting more than he should. He was an extremely despicable sinner!

Scripture tells us that this despicable man “wanted to see Jesus (v3)”. If you make a quick comparison with him and the Rich Ruler in Luke 18:18-30, you will notice that the Rich Ruler went to meet Jesus because he desired to acquire eternal life. Zacchaeus simply wanted to see Jesus. He was not so much looking for salvation, but rather he was seeking the Saviour.  By inviting Jesus into his home, he received both the Saviour and salvation. The evidence of salvation is a transformed life. Zacchaeus was transformed because he saw Jesus and welcomed him into his home.

We can be very disillusioned by our good works and religious activities. We can be good Christians but miss the point that salvation comes to those who “want to see Jesus”. The Scripture tells us that those who seek him with all their hearts will find him (Jeremiah 29:13), and that God draws close to those who draw close to him (James 4:28). The fact that Jesus went to Zacchaeus was because Zacchaeus sought for Jesus and drew close to him.

Today, we are reminded that Jesus wants to meet with us but… do you want to see him?

Prayer:
Holy Spirit, help me to desire to see Jesus Christ. May I meet Him today in my devotions, worship and prayers, so that in my encounter with Him I will invite the Saviour into my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.