THE GREATEST LOVE STORY

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. – George Sand

The quest to love and be loved is inherent in humans, because love is great; it is endearing; it brings harmony, peace and stability to one’s very soul. Love covers many a fault, love indeed is divine.   William Shakespeare once said, love is blind because it does not look with the eyes but with the mind. The story of love is often told in books, movies and folklore. There are indeed great love stories that have been told over the course of history. But what is the greatest love story ever told? You may be thinking of one you have read in a romance novel or the one you have seen in a movie or that of the family or may be that of a friend who abandons everything else to care for a friend in need. One may even think of the love shown by humanitarians who risk their lives to bring relief to innocent people in war and disaster stricken areas. These stories are great; they define and indeed portray love adequately as unselfish or selfless, sacrificial, endearing and indeed profound. It stands in stark contrast to some modern understanding of love of which desire for personal gratification and gain is the driving force and the love story ends when those needs can no longer be met. Ties as strong as marriages are ended because one partner could no longer make the other happy. The fun had stopped, so the ties are broken; true love however goes beyond fun and personal happiness, it prioritises the other person’s happiness. True love is about you, before me.

Which then is the greatest love story? It is the story of love as portrayed by someone who had everything in abundance yet left his abundance to meet with his friends who constantly wronged him. People who turned their backs on him, hurting him and making a mockery of his very being, some even denying he ever existed or exists. It is the story of one who bore the burdens of all his friends, one who underwent great suffering to bring reconciliation to his friends who were in the wrong. One who made himself a victim so that his erring friends may become victors. One who suffered so that his friends will never have to suffer, bearing the shame just to take it away from his friends.

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away.  Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. –Isa 53:7-10

This is the story of love shaped by selflessness, coated in compassion and capped in ultimate sacrifice. Scarcely can a man die for a righteous or innocent man talk less of sinners but this love is manifested in the fact that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us; (Rom 5:7-8) because “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). This love story is portrayed in sacrificial giving. It is the love that no mere mortal can give. God so loved the world that he gave his only son to die for the forgiveness of all sins (Jn 3:16). It is the greatest love story. It has been told so that you may understand that God loves you so much, irrespective of your circumstances or preconceptions. God’s love cleanses from all sins, when we choose to accept his sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. So, whatever situation you may be facing or have faced, whatever wrong you may have done, God is calling you to come as you are; believe in him and Jesus Christ whom he sent, repent of your sins and be baptized into Christ. Then all your sins will be forgiven and you will become part of the greatest love story. You will have another chance at beginning life anew.

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The Mystery and Power of Shame

Shame is an unpleasant self-conscious emotion typically associated with a negative evaluation of the self, withdrawal motivations, and feelings of distress, exposure, mistrust, powerlessness, and worthlessness.

To be ashamed, a self-evaluation or perhaps a situational evaluation takes place subconsciously. And Psychologists say that there are five factors that make people feel ashamed; (1) self-awareness, (2) self-blame, (3) self-esteem (4) personal trait and (5) standards. All the factors relate to how the individual sees himself. The fifth factor, standards is especially interesting, as it relates to a person’s belief about acceptable standard concerning actions, thoughts, and feelings. It will be particularly useful to look at this fifth factor. Standards particularly concern how we perceive the norms or our society and culture. And what is acceptable in one culture greatly differs from another and there lies the conundrum especially in a global society. As an example, what may be considered acceptable in one culture may greatly be frowned at in others. But then, if someone’s action is not acceptable in a culture, then there is a trigger for shame. For example, at funerals, we know that laughing, expressing joy, and feeling glad that the person is dead are not the norm. So, if one expresses joy, such person will witness the disapproval of others around.

The emotion of shame can be a powerful tool though. Societies have used it as ammunition. Ammunition which helps to correct wrongful acts. So, the popular phrase, name, and shame seek to show the undesirable nature of any deviant behaviour or action. Feeling ashamed could also lead to remorse which often leads to repentance and correction.

Little wonder then that the saviour of the world had to go through a shameful death. A type of death that was meant to make a statement, to shape society; to punish wrongdoing hence discouraging it. Death on the cross was considered a curse but nevertheless, the Lord chose to die such death. He had to be humiliated not because it was a fun thing to bear but because of the mystery and power therein. It is ironic and indeed mysterious how his death brought about salvation.

The apostle Paul said,

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes:…” Rom 1:16

Paul had every reason to be ashamed of the gospel of Christ especially given its nature and how it came about. The gospel is the good news about the story of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Good news coming from shame? Given the nature of the death, it might be a shameful thing for anyone to think that anything good can come from someone who died with criminals. Paul had reasons to be ashamed of the gospel because he also vehemently refuted it to the point of killing those who preached it. He had a reason to be ashamed because it does not make sense from the natural point of view. That someone, Jesus Christ, if he was the messiah and had the power to rise from the death could have chosen not to be killed in the first place. Why get yourself killed in the most shameful execution when you had the power to stop it from happening? It does not make sense. Why give yourself over to be maimed and shamed when you could have chosen a more noble approach? Why should someone believe such a story?

You see, the story does not seem logical at all. Therefore, it is hard to explain to a neutral mind how such a thing can be. It seems like foolishness; even the bible admits that God chose the foolish things of the world to confound the wisdom of the wise. The gospel message is foolishness to those who are wise in the world. God chose a shameful act, through which his mystery and power can be made manifest. In doing so, you might say he made the lives of his followers difficult. You might think it makes Christianity hard to sell. And yes, while it might not make sense in the natural, it makes perfect sense to the ones who are saved. Because, the power to raise someone from the dead after three days is much greater than that of saving him from the dead on the cross. Therefore, it had to take the shameful route in order to confound the wise. And the death was a sacrifice for the sins of the world, sins yet to be committed. And it served as a ticket unto salvation.

The shameful death makes perfect sense. It shattered the standards of society, standards that demand perfection. It showed mercy, mercy in place of judgement. It showed grace to cover all sins. It showed weakness that became power; it turned sickness into healing, pain into relief, mourning into laughter. The mystery of the shame on the cross is that of ironies. Ironies that paints everlasting pictures of who God is and what he would do for love. The mystery of the shameful cross is revealed in the power of resurrection to which every believer can have hope. Hope for mercy and eternal life, strength and of course a share of that same power (Rom 8:11).

WHY? The Most Important Question in Life

To ask ‘why’, is the most important question regarding any situation in life. A question that begins with “why” paints a picture and pictures give a general view or understanding. Pictures are synonymous with clarity because a picture is an image or representation of something real. Pictures transform reality into an art form, it duplicates reality. Pictures tell a thousand stories, it unveils the object or person in focus. They serve as a way of capturing a memory of an event. It forms an intricate part of life today, the ability to accurately capture pictures especially moving pictures because every detail of an event can be seen again in reality long after it had taken place.

Similarly, the answer to the question, WHY? forms a picture, whether a mental picture or in a written form. The same way picture brings to life our memories, the answer to the question WHY brings to life answers that are very important; it enhances clarity because it shows a reason or reasons behind actions, decisions, and life itself. Why am I alive till today? The answer to that question will form a picture, that will inform present actions and even future actions.

The other words used to ask valuable questions are when, how, where, what. The answer to these questions makes it specific what one is referring to, they describe a location, time and methods. But WHY gives a fuller picture in describing the reason for which an action is imminent. Why do you love your family for instance? Why do you do things the way you do? Why do you hold on to your beliefs? Or most importantly why are you here on earth?

Perhaps I might ask; why was I born into my specific family? Why am I going through this current situation? Why should I help other people? An honest answer to these questions often makes things easier to handle. But an honest answer to such questions isn’t always easy to give. Some answers are beyond our sphere of influence or control, like where we are born; we certainly could not choose. Therefore, finding an answer to such a question requires answering other possible questions like what is the essence of life? Are we here by accident or for a purpose? And it is about answering the question WHY? And this may lead to the question of HOW we got here which, from the natural point of view, the process of giving birth is known and might be easy to answer but the reason why people give birth are multifarious but the overall reason is to fulfill a purpose – which is to multiply and replenish the earth and glorify the creator.

But the reason why we were born into specific families become even more complex and difficult to answer from the natural plane. There is no doubt about the fact that we were all born into specific families or perhaps foster families. There is also no doubt as to the fact that we were born at a certain time in a certain year at a certain place and that we were either male or female at the point of birth because the one who made them made them male and female. But the reason why we were born into those specific families might even seem elusive to some perhaps many. Because it may take some time for us to reflect and then understand in hindsight why we were born into a specific family in a specific geographical location and not the other.

For the prophet Jeremiah God had said;

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jer 1:5

Essentially, God made it clear to the prophet WHY he was born, and that his purpose was to be a prophet unto the nations and from that moment onward, Jeremiah knew his purpose in life. And did he fulfill his purpose? Absolutely. So purpose or the reason why; if not known, then purpose cannot truly be fulfilled. Therefore, it is important to ask the maker why he made us and what he wants to make out of our lives. And although this writeup is not specific about how we do that, future ones will elaborate on that.

Now, this does not apply only to birth and the general purpose of life but also to every sphere of life and endeavor. The most important question to ask is WHY things happen; WHY we do what we do. Finding the reasons can be very powerful and uplifting.

Jesus when asked why a man was born blind, could not have said it any better.

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.  While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:1-5

From that single incidence, Jesus revealed the reason why the man was born blind. Jesus also revealed why he was in the world – to be a light unto the world. So, Jesus here knew why he was in the world, he knew why he was doing everything he was doing. The blind man suffered the misfortune so that the glory of God may be made manifest. And that raises a lot of questions? Does God then make some people blind, poor, deformed so as to take glory? Could he not take glory otherwise?

Again this is a WHY question that only God through his word can provide a suitable answer. Looking at his word, we find that God did not create man to suffer on earth at all. Because when he looked back at his creation, he was satisfied that they were good (Gen 1:31). But his creation who had power and reason to choose between good and bad chose quite badly and so the consequence of that wrong choice now resulted in the challenging situations of life (Gen 2:16-17). And God, therefore, himself uses these situations as opportunities to show forth his power. He uses them to let his creation know that he has power over every situation, he also uses them to increase the trust, faith, and dependence of his people on him. God uses every situation to his advantage. Jesus was killed, but he was raised from the dead to show God’s power to overcome death, Lazarus was dead for four days and Jesus used that opportunity to raise him from the dead to show God’s power over the grave.

Every situation is usable by God for his greater glory. So, if we look at any situation, we can only expect God to manifest himself through them irrespective of why they happened, be it as a result of our sins or because of other peoples’ recklessness or mistakes. We do have to be willing to let go and let God.

A Form of Godliness that Denies its Power (2)

Knowing the subtlety in the denial of the power of godliness is important. As we saw earlier, this matter concerns even the most devout and pious people. It can be difficult to spot the denial of the power of godliness. It can also be difficult to spot the form of godliness that denies its power. And the utmost care must be taken to ensure one is safe from this. The last piece looked at selective obedience of God’s word. Now we may ask, how else can one deny the power of godliness?

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. – 2 Tim 3:1-5

It can be seen from the apostle Paul’s letter that when we become:

  • lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God,
  • Proud
  • Abusive
  • Unloving
  • Without self-control
  • Fearful
  • Rash

It means that there is a form of godliness that celebrates these attributes and that form of Godliness denies its power. It can also be deduced that the form of godliness that denies its power is one which does not overcome rely on the power of God to overcome sin but revels in sinful behavior with very good excuses to that effect. This is seen in justification of certain behaviours or accommodating certain behaviours that are contrary to the scriptures. When excuses are made for bad behavior, then opportunities are given for such behaviours to multiply.

It can also be seen in apathy or ‘standing on the fence’. When one fails to call out sin as the bible says we should do, then we are giving room for such sins to grow. It may be more common today than we may realise. Everyday around us, there the world is either celebrating or encouraging certain behaviours that are contrary to the scriptures, and a form of godliness that upholds its power requires that we rebuke such behaviours and not support them. And the rebuke it must be said need to be done in love. Loving the sinner but rebuking the sin.

Denying the power in the form of godliness we profess can be so subtle that it becomes very difficult to spot. Hence, it is our place to pray lest we find ourselves living in such conditions. May God grant us the grace to embrace a form of godliness that upholds and celebrates power through Christ. Amen.

A Form of Godliness that Denies its Power (1)

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. – 2 Tim 3:1-5

 

Godliness has power. But some are in denial of its power. Being in denial of the power of godliness is an indicator of the form of godliness in question. There are different forms of godliness surely and we can broadly see two from what the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy – (1) a form of godliness that recognizes its power and (2) a form of godliness that denies its power.

The denial of the power of godliness is linked to the last days and certainly, some character traits of people who do so are listed in the apostle Paul’s letter to Timothy. As easy as it sounds to sometimes think that we are not doing so, that people who deny the existence of God or perhaps serial sinners are the culprits; everyone in some form may be a culprit. So, could I be denying the power of godliness in certain areas of my life? Perhaps, to be able to answer that question sufficiently it is better to understand what godliness is and how powerful it is or can be.

Godliness refers to the quality of being devoutly religious; that is, piety. Put in another word, we can say it means conforming to the laws and wishes of God; or being devout.

So then, piety is essentially the conformance to the laws and wishes of God; it is dedication or devotion to God. It is obedience to God. But it seems quite ludicrous to think that one could ever go wrong with devotion to God. Yet the apostle Paul referred to a category of people of the last days who will do all of these but will go ahead and deny the power that comes from godliness. Because devotion and conformance to the will of God presuppose the fear of God and the fear of God is said to be the beginning of wisdom. Then there seems to be a conundrum here.

This concept seems more like someone having a smartphone and using it for calls and texts but denying that it can ever be used to do any other thing. It means, that one can use the smartphone well and achieve some functions but yet does not believe or perhaps vehemently denies its ability to do something else like browse the internet, take photographs and record videos.

In like manner, a form of godliness that denies its power does not necessarily deny that Jesus is the risen saviour who died as a sacrificial lamb for the redemption of the world. There is that believe, there is also a sense of dedication to God, in obedience to his commands, there is piety and strong devotion to God.

So then, how can we deny the power of godliness if we do all these? Well, one way of denying the power of godliness is in a lack of trust in God to do ALL he says he will do. Selective obedience and believe you could say. It can be seen in the ‘obedience of convenience’. Have I believed God and tried to obey him when it is convenient for me to do so? Certainly, I have found myself in that position sometimes. I have however found that obedience in those moments manifests the power of God.

Also, there are times when we fail to obey or believe God because it is not convenient, it does not look good and is not a position anyone wishes to stay in.

Usually, believing or obeying at such moments is difficult. Well, it is, sometimes it seems impossible. We may lose something if we do, or perhaps it may cost our lives if we obey.

The problem here is that it is like saying that the God who promised to be with you in trouble and to rescue you has not got enough power to do so. Or perhaps because you erred, you then use that to assume that God may not be happy with you (even when you have asked him to forgive) and will allow you to fail. Have you found yourself in that position before? I must confess, I have, so do many people I believe; but it is not a place anyone wants to be in because it all boils down to the thought that God has not forgiven and perhaps even more so, the thought that God forgives but the consequences remains to be faced. Yes, God does chasten his beloved to correct them, though they may suffer for a little while, he restores them (1 Pet 5:10). If we realise that God is always looking out for us even if we err and then return to him, he forgives and heals, restores, rejuvenates, rebuilds and makes whole again (Acts 3:19-21, James 5:15, Gal 6:1, 1 Pet 5:10). In fact, he is like a GPS that recalculates the best possible route every time we miss the wrong turn.

Now, that sounds like the power that comes from a form of godliness that is in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

 

How else do we deny the power of godliness, the next post will look at other ways.

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Yes and Amen

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 2 Cor 1:2

God is not slack concerning his promises. If he promised, then he will do it. These promises are not yes and no, they are yes all the time. Yes all the time because it works itself out through him, the son Jesus.
Notice that it is through him, the promise is amen – let it be so.

The promise is fulfilled through the son always. You see, when Moses parted the red see for the Israelites to walk through on dry ground, there was a cloud that led them by day and a pillar of fire by night. That was to fulfil the promise of God to Abraham. The promise of taking him to Egypt and back from Egypt to a land flowing with milk and honey. They also drank from the rock that was Christ (1 cor 10:1-5).

It is interesting to note therefore that God fulfils his promises through Jesus right from the foundation of the world. Nothing was made without him but everything was made for him and through him (Col 1:16).

He, Jesus is like a source or to put it in another way, a route through which access is gained. Access to everything in life. Access to peace, love, joy, redemption, forgiveness…you name it.

The powerful thing about this promise is its unfailing nature. It has been tested and tried for generations and yet never has it failed. Instead of a failure or a break away from the promises, God would use the supernatural to great effect. Examples abound of such feats. To name but a few, walking on water, partying a body of water, raising the dead, healing the sick.

Little wonder the apostle Paul made it clear that the promise is just yes, everytime. Therefore if we lay hold on any of his promises, we ought to remember that it can never fail, it is not “no” but a “YES” all the time through Christ.

The Only Thing God cannot do

When know God to be a mighty God who can do and does everything imaginable and unimaginable. Things that are possible and those that we can never imagine possible. Impossibility specialist some will say. But sometimes, I wonder; given that he is all-knowing and all-powerful, is there anything too hard for him to do? Of course, the bible says there is none.

But I could not help but keep on wondering, surely there is something that he cannot do. The more I imagined, the more I realized that the things which we consider difficult, or impossible are but simple things easily done by him. These things are difficult for us humans because of our limited knowledge and of course because we are mere mortals. Say, for instance, we know that God has raised the dead, he gave life in the first place so it is easy for him to restore life. We know he did part a sea and make his people go on dry ground, something we can only use earthmoving equipment to attempt. We know he makes rivers to spring out of the desert effortlessly; something we need to dig into the earth to achieve. We know that he lives outside nature and so his sphere of influence exceeds it. We know that the laws of nature cannot bind him. But from the physical plane, we are bounded by nature, and so the supernatural things are impossibilities for mere mortals. Of course, it is not the case with God.

So, from our natural frame of reference, we have way too many things that we cannot do. But God seemingly does everything except for one thing.

(Wait I thought there were no exceptions with God, after all, he is all-powerful self).

Well, I found that there is something that God cannot do, which we can do as humans. In fact, humanity is so good at it that sometimes we begin to see God from that frame of reference. A vantage point which is flawed evidently. Of course, God made us in his image to be like him. That presupposes that we should be like him in kind, but that is not necessarily always the case. He gave us free will. A great gift I have to say. The ability to choose that which is right or wrong, though he always wants us to choose right. But history has shown that we are not always capable of doing that. We have a choice of telling the truth all the time and the choice of telling lies, though there be “white lies”. And we sometimes do. We can promise something and then go back on such promises for numerous reasons. So, we can go back on our words at will.

But that’s where God is different. He is incapable of going back on his words or lying. He just CANNOT lie. But why? Well, it is his nature. He does good all the time. He tells the truth all the time. He cannot go back on his words. Because the universe we live in is held together by his words. Our very existence is held together by his words. And so, to go back on any of such words means the cessation of our very existence. So, it is important that the very foundation of the world and our existence be built on an unshakable and unmovable stone that cannot give way under any circumstance whatsoever. You see, it is an immutable thing for God to lie. Therefore, whatever he promised; he will do. Has he said it? You can be sure he will bring it to pass.

Knowing this, we can only hope to look into his words to find those things which he says he will do and pray for him to honour those words. Oh, how powerful it is to pray down his promises. Remember Daniel? He looked at the promise of God concerning his nation and prayed for God to fulfil it and God did (Daniel 9). So when next you see the promises of God in scripture, just for its manifestation.

 

Pray without Ceasing

Prayer is a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God.

It is a request for help because it provides an avenue for deliverance from all ills and life’s challenges. It is a means through which we communicate our needs, our cares and our worries into the hands of an able God who is always willing to help. Think of a wounded soldier who is unable to carry himself or walk by himself in a battlefield, who has no option but to call for help. Think of someone in need who cannot provide such need for himself. Think of a kid who has no means of providing his basic needs himself but depends on the parents when hungry. The child knows that his parents will always provide, at least in the child’s mind the parent have everything and can provide everything. So therefore, the child can ask for everything he so desires. In like manner, prayer is an expression of our dependence on the living God to help us when we cannot help ourselves. It is an avenue to establish a link to God through Christ for our daily supplies. Requesting in Christ’s name is the guarantee for our needs to be met (John 14:13-14).

Prayer is also an expression of thanks to God. Thanksgiving is like a fuel that increases the intensity of fire. It is in thanksgiving that one shows appreciation for good deeds or gifts received. So, prayer is that avenue of expressing our thankfulness to God for all he has done for us. We can only express thanksgiving if we look at what God has done for us. You cannot thank someone if s/he has not done anything for you. Similarly, we cannot thank God if we do not look back and appreciate the mighty and little things that he has done. We ought to thank God for who he is, for making us in his image, for keeping us alive irrespective of our current challenges, for redeeming us to himself through his son Jesus Christ. Oh, that we may always remember the finished work of Jesus on the cross to see it for what it truly is, the expression of God’s utmost love towards his creation, the reestablishment of a lost relationship, the offer of an everlasting peace and hope. Such knowledge can do nothing but evoke a sense of thanksgiving and a desire to do so. How about our daily needs in life he so provides for, if we indeed count our blessings and name them one by one like the popular hymn says, we will realise how much he has done for us and thanksgiving will flow naturally from our bowels. He wakes us from sleep, he gives us our daily bread, he provides and protects us; even during the storms of life he comes through for us. Ever thought that your storm will consume you but God saw you throw it? Or are you currently in your own storm? Just know that he provide comfort and victory because he says we are more than conquerors (Rom 8:31-39). Stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord, so just begin to thank him for what he is doing.

Paul, through the inspiration of God admonished the Thessalonians to pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17). Praying without ceasing entails praying every time. It entails praying concerning everything we plan, say or do. God wants Christians to pray because there is power in prayer. God knows our needs and desires, yet he wants us to ask in prayer (Matt 7:7). Reason is not far-fetched, as it is a faith building avenue. When we pray and God answers, our faith is strengthened. Praying every time shows our dependence on God for daily needs and strength for a closer walk with him. It is just like a child who trusts his parents for his daily meal; such child will gladly let the parents know when s/he is hungry knowing that there will be food.

Therefore, prayer is an exercise in trust. We can only ask if we trust that we will receive what we have prayed for. For there is no need praying if we do not believe we will receive when we do so. An exercise in trust that begets more trust because each answered prayer lengthens the chord of our trust, it creates an atmosphere for faith to thrive.

The Christians who walked this earth before us witnessed the power of prayers, and we can draw strength from their experiences as recorded in the holy scriptures. We can see their examples, how that through prayer they overcame their fears, how they boldly declared the word of God, how they were delivered from seemingly impossible situations.

We could see how Christ himself fed five thousand men with five loaves and two fishes (Matt 14:13-21). We could see how Peter was delivered from prison at the prayers of the church (Acts 12:5-16), we could see how the sick were healed (Acts 5:16, 28:8-9), how the lame walked (Act 3:1-7). Thus, we could see how prayer makes the impossible possible because we have a God who cares and wants to hear us call on him every time. So why not establish that wonderful link with the father of love and start communicating with him even now and every time. Remember, he is willing and able to save completely those who come to him (Heb 7:25).