Wednesday, 01 September, 2021
Title: So That Your Joy May Be Made Full!
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong

“…Truly, truly I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.” – John 16:23b-24

I remember at the beginning of this year, in my devotion about how I often woke up in the middle of the night because I felt overwhelmed by the empathy for our beloved brothers sisters who suffered from different illness. In November 2020, after having spoken to my mentors who both confirmed with burden and tears telling me that our church needed to strengthen and revive the spiritual atmosphere. With this confirmation and prayer, I trusted that it was God’s will for me to take the lead in the prayer ministry of our church. It was with fear and trembling that I took on the ministry. As I started to pray and seek God’s guidance, HE moved me to form an intercessory prayer team. As a new pastor to the church and followed immediately by the MCO lockdown most of the months, I hardly got to know members in the church. Who can I call to serve as intercessors? In my mind, intercessors must be someone with certain spiritual maturity and must have the willing heart to pray for others. They are the volunteer soldiers who put on the armour of God and stays in the gap for God’s beloved people. I asked God, “Who shall I call, my Lord? I do not know many of them well and definitely a lot less about their spiritual life? ” I started to approach some of the members I knew. One by one they turned me down! I was very much discouraged with this “mission impossible”, so I went back to my prayer closet and cried out to God for weeks. “What should I do now?” Then the story of Jesus choosing His disciples came to me, so I decided to lock myself inside my prayer closet every day for 4 hours to pray and wait upon God until I have the name list. Within a few weeks, God brought to me 24 prayer warriors. Most of them have been waiting for the call. Some of them already have had their small prayer group, and they were eager and full of joy to join the team. It is like the story in 1 King 19:18 where God reserved 7000 with clean hands and pure hearts for Himself. The intercessors team officially started in on 25 February 2021.

Today, after almost 6 months of interceding and praying for various requests for different ministries, church members, and their families with urgent needs, we have seen many prayers answered by God! Some are not according to our expectations because God has different plans. We grieve together with some, and we rejoice with many. Most of all, we rejoice together and find ourselves drawing closer to God and experience His greatness each day. It is like the verse in John 16:23b-24, our Lord Jesus told His disciples, “…Truly, truly I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.”

I was once much burdened and full of weariness for our beloved brothers and sisters. I was feeling so weak, helpless, incapable, and perplexed. Today, I am full of joy and feel so blessed. Not only have my burdens been lifted up, but God has brought in a team of prayer warriors to battle together with all of our leaders. I also learned that there are more unsung prayer warriors in our midst, either they come together to pray every Saturday morning, or pray on their own time alone or with their small groups. Even our young people have formed their own prayer meeting to uphold the church, the nation, and one another!

Indeed, when God answers prayer, HE makes our joy complete! How awesome HE is! Praise be to our God!

Prayer,
Dear Father in Heaven, we want to praise You and bless Your name! You are a living God and altogether powerful. Nothing we ask is too small or too big for You. Thank You for always hearing our prayers. You, who created heaven and earth, are a great God who will listen to our prayers! O Father, please help all of us to pray unceasingly for Your church, Your kingdom and Your righteousness, and for others. Open our eyes to see the things that break your heart so that we can bring it to You in prayer. Give us the hearts that love and care for one another and for others as You have loved them. Thank You Father. In Jesus’ name we pray.

班底浸信教会
每日灵粮
星期三, 2021年9月1日
标题:叫你们的喜乐可以满足
作者:王振威传道
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

【约翰福音16:23下-24】(和合本)
“……我实实在在的告诉你们,你们若向父求什么,他必因我的名,赐给你们。向来你们没有奉我的名求什么,如今你们求就必得着,叫你们的喜乐可以满足。”

我记得今年年初,在我一篇灵修里,提及我经常在半夜醒来,为患有各样疾病的亲爱弟兄姐妹感到不堪重负。2020年11月,在与我的导师交谈后,他们都带着沉重的负担和泪水确认并告诉我,我们的教会需要强化并复苏属灵氛围。在这次确认和祷告之后,我相信我在教会领导祷告事工是上帝的意愿。我怀着战战兢兢的心承担这事工。当我开始祈祷并寻求上帝的指引时,祂感动我组成一个代祷小组。作为教会一名新的牧者,且紧随其后大部分时间的MCO(行动管制令)封锁,我几乎不认识教会的会友。我可以找谁作代祷人呢?在我看来,代祷者必须是属灵成熟的人,并且必须有为他人祈祷的心;他们是穿戴上帝的全副军装且置身在上帝所爱的子民的空隙上的自愿军。我问上帝:“主啊,我该找谁呢?我对他们许多人都不是很了解,对他们的属灵生命更是不怎么了解了。” 我开始接触一些我认识的会友。他们一个接一个地拒绝了我!我对这个 “不可能完成的任务” 感到非常气馁,所以我回到我的祈祷室,向上帝呼求了几个星期:“我现在该怎么办?” 后来,我想起耶稣拣选门徒的事迹,所以我决定每天4个小时安静在祈祷室里,祷告并等候上帝,直到我有了名单。在几周内,上帝给我召来了24名祈祷勇士。他们其中大多数人都在等候着被召唤。他们有些人已经有了自己的祈祷小组,他们渴望并充满了喜乐地加入这个小组。这正如列王纪上19:18所记,上帝为自己预留了7000个手洁心清的人。代祷小组于2021年2月25日正式启动了。

今天,经过近6个月为不同事工、教会会友和有迫切需要的家庭代祷,许多的祷告都蒙上帝应允了!有些并不如我们所期望的,因为上帝有不同的计划。我们与一些人一同悲伤,和许多人一同喜乐。最重要的是,我们一同喜乐,发现自己每天都更接近上帝,体验祂的伟大;就如约翰福音16:23下-24所载,我们的主耶稣对祂的门徒说: “……我实实在在的告诉你们,你们若向父求什么,他必因我的名,赐给你们。向来你们没有奉我的名求什么,如今你们求就必得着,叫你们的喜乐可以满足。”

我曾经为我们亲爱的弟兄姐妹背负沉重的担子而感到十分疲惫;我感到如此软弱、无助、无能和困惑。今天,我充满了喜乐,感到多么蒙福。不仅我的重担已脱落,上帝还带来了一支祈祷勇士的队伍,与我们所有的领袖并肩作战。我也了解到,在我们中间有更多无名的祈祷勇士,他们或者在每个星期六早上聚集一起祈祷,或者依据自己的时间个别祈祷,又或者与他们的小组一起祈祷。甚至连我们的年轻人也组成了他们自己的祈祷会,为教会、国家守望,彼此扶持!

诚然,当上帝应允祷告时,祂使我们的喜乐完全!祂是多么令人惊叹!我们的上帝是应当称颂的!

祈祷
亲爱的天父,我们要赞美祢,称颂祢的名!祢是永活的上帝,是全能的上帝。在于祢,我们向祢所求的从不太大或太小。感谢祢总是垂听我们的祈祷。祢创造了天地,是伟大的上帝,必听我们的祈祷!哦,父啊,求帮助我们每个人都不住地为祢的教会、祢的国度、祢的公义以及其他人祈祷。开启我们的眼睛,看到那些让祢心碎的事,好让我们在祷告中带到祢跟前。求赐给我们一颗彼此相爱、互相关顾的心,就像祢爱他们一样。感谢祢,天父。我们奉耶稣的名祷告,阿们。