Dare to pray this prayer

Most of our prayers are like this
Bless me…
Bless my…
Bless mine…
and our prayers are shallow and selfish.

But early saints prayed differently.
It was known as ‘Litany’ which they prayed over and over again.
Here is a self denying prayer, which I got from a book Hunger for Reality by George Verwer.

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, hear me,
Deliver me, Jesus,
from the desire of being loved,
from the desire of being extolled,
from the desire of being honored,
from the desire of being praised,
from the desire of being preferred to others,
from the desire of being consulted,
from the desire of being approved,
from the fear of being humiliated,
from the fear of being despised,
from the fear of suffering rebuke,
from the fear of being forgotten,
from the fear of being wronged,
from the fear of being suspected,

And,Jesus, grant me the grace to desire
that others might be loved more than I.
that others may be esteemed more than I.
that in the opinion of the world others may
increase and I may decrease,
that others may be chosen, and I set aside,
that others may be praised and I unnoticed,
that others may be preferred to me in everything,
that others may become holier than I,
provided that I become as holy as I should.

Meditate and pray this prayer.

Will you join with me to pray this prayer everyday?


Can we ask and pray for a Boy?

They are not wanted in India.
So they are aborted and killed.
They are prized.
Money, property, family line…
So they fast and pray.

What about Christians?
Should we follow the Indian culture of boy preference?
Can we ask God to give us a boy? Though many cases are there in the Bible.
John Piper answers this question of an Indian family.
“There are dangers and there are warrants for praying this way. The dangers are — just to mention a couple — that you might pray for a son or a daughter for the wrong reasons. It would be wrong to pray for one sex because you fail to value the other one in a biblical way. That would be wrong and that is true around the world for a lot of people. It would be wrong to pray for one or the other for merely earthly or selfish reasons like, I need more help in the kitchen. Or, we need more help on the farm. I just think those kinds of merely — and the word merely is important — merely selfish, earthly reasons would be wrong. And so we have to guard. If we are going to pray, better pray really carefully.

And a second danger is the wounds that could come to a child if the child felt, “I wasn’t wanted. They wanted a girl and I am a boy or they wanted a boy and I am a girl.” That is a danger that every parent needs to be very, very alerted to.

But there are not only dangers, there are warrants. I think it is a God-given, good desire for a mother to have a unique kind of desire for a daughter and a father to have a unique kind of desire for a son. And part of that is they both want — and rightly want — to build into this child something what God has made them to be as they have learned how to be a woman or a man. A woman has spent her whole life learning what it means to be a godly woman. She would love to build that into a little girl who grows up to be a godly woman. And a man has spent his whole life trying to figure out what does it mean to be a man for God and he would love to build that into a son. Those are good desires. And to want the one or both is not wrong.

A second warrant would be that there may be some settings in life in missions or in unique hardship of a genetic danger, say, if you knew a girl had a unique genetic proclivity that the boy wouldn’t have or something along those lines that you might say to God: I would ask that you would give me a son or a daughter. So my conclusion is, test your motives by the Scriptures and ask God according to your heart’s desire and make clear to God, to your spouse, and to all the children: We will love God’s gift to us — disabled or able, male or female, living long or living short — we will love God’s gift to us with all our heart and we will believe that God knows best.”

Read the whole article here.

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Wanted Gamblers for India

Epaphroditus was a gambler. Many believers in the early church were gamblers. But they were esteemed highly.
Paul encouraged the Philippian church “to welcome him (Epaphroditus) in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.” Phil 2: 29-30 ESV
The phrase “ he almost died” in Greek means “to lay down a stake, to gamble.” William Barclay writes that in the early church there was a committed group of believers called as Parabolani or gamblers. They were willing to gamble their lives or risk their lives by undertaking the hazardous work of tending the sick and burying the dead in times of deadly diseases. The church esteemed them as they were not gambling for money, but gambling their lives for the work of Christ and others.
We see countless gamblers throughout the church history who gambled their lives for the work of Christ. In 1832, Adoniram Judson wrote to missionary candidates “Remember, a large proportion of those who come out on a mission to the East die within five years after leaving their native land. Walk softly, therefore; death is narrowly watching your steps.”
Christians in India owe to hundreds of missionaries who gambled their lives to bring the gospel and transformation to our country. That’s why we as a community are high in development index compared to other religious groups.
At the same time, today India ranks first with the largest number of unreached people groups in the world and ranks 119 in Human Development Index among 169 countries in the world.
Why is it? The church has more hoarders than gamblers.
Hoarders selfishly accumulate things and hide them away for future use. The treasure vault found in the Sree Padmanabaswamy Temple in Kerala is the example of hoarding by Travancore Kings. They neither used it nor gave it to others. They just stored it for future thus wasting it. We often forget that hoarding is gross wastage of resources. That’s why Jesus commanded us not to hoard treasures here.
The other problem of hoarding is that our hearts follow it (Mat 6:21). So we always play it safe to risk proof our lives. We forget the warning of Jesus that “For whoever would hoard his life will lose it, but whoever gambles his life for my sake will save it.” (Luke 9:24 Paraphrased). As hoarders, we waste our treasures as well as our lives.
So Jesus calls us to be gamblers. John Piper explains it well. “Suffering was not just a consequence of the Master’s obedience and mission. It was the central strategy of his mission. It was the ground of his accomplishment. Jesus calls us to join him on the Calvary road by taking up our cross, and to hate our lives in this world, and fall into the ground like a seed and die, that others might live.”
Gamblers joyfully risk for massive gains. “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matt 13:44) Jim Elliot, one among the five martyrs among the Auca Indians said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

India is waiting for more gamblers who are foolishly wise enough to risk their lives, career, ambitions and dreams for the work of Christ and others.
Will you be one?


Few Things you never heard about David and Goliath Story

David and Goliath.
A familiar story.
We have learned it, acted it and preached it yet sometimes we missed some key observations from the story.
Often the final conclusion we derive is “Small people can win over the Giants”.
We often associate Giant Goliath with strength and David as weak with no weapons.
But it is the opposite of what we thought tells Malcolm Gladwell, writer and master story teller in his TED talk based on his book. He explains the back ground of the story as well as brings out some important observations.
By the way, Malcolm ignores “God’s part” in the story for the success of David. And we know that God gave the victory to Israel through David.
However,here is a good lesson of observation of the text and collecting additional information to understand the context of scriptures to interpret it.
You can watch the video (15 minutes) or read the full transcript

What do you think about this interpretation? Do you agree?


How an Indian went to all 245 nations of the World by trusting God

Unbelievable, an Indian!
Hold on.
We have heard many great stories of faith, but most of the time it will about a westerner.
I always wondered where are the stories of faith of Indians who trusted God.
The story of Benny Prasad is inspiring. He traveled to all the countries of the world with an Indian passport and faith in God.
His principle was simple: No Asking, No loans, No debt, No credit cards. Go when God provides the finances.
His story testifies again that God can use “useless” people for His glory and honor.
Listen to the talk he gave to YWAM team the need to trust God for all our provisions.God will provide for anyone who trusts him.

God of Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Paul, George Mueller,,, Benny Prasad still lives.
God is waiting for working on a behalf of those who trust him.
Will you be the one?

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Why Should you make Resolutions and Do it?

We all make resolutions.
Some wait for a new year, others after a conference or a seminar.
But majority of us fail to do it.
Some of us reminding ourselves of our early failures hesitate to make any more resolutions.
John Piper in this teaching video (11 minutes) clarifies these questions based on 2 Thess 1:11-12
Should Christians make resolutions?
How can we continue to do it?
What should be the goal of making resolutions?
If you haven’t made any resolutions yet, watch this video and make some resolutions.

“How do you make resolutions? By God’s grace. Through faith in God’s power. For God’s glory.” John Piper

Here is the video link

If you have decided to make some resolution here are 9 action steps from Rick Warren in two parts.
Part One: 4 steps to make goals
Part Two: How to get it done.

What resolutions are you going to make?

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A Good Advice from a Dad to Handle Personal Conflicts

It’s true.
Some relationships are difficult.
They are like thorns always poking and painful.
But how can we handle such sore personal relationships.
John Maxwell’s dad modelled and taught him this lesson, which he writes in his blog.

“You see, in every interaction, there are three roads that we can take:

1. The low road, where I’m out to get you,

2. The middle road, where I’ll basically treat you as you treat me, and

3. The high road, where I’ll treat you well regardless of how you treat me.

When I was younger, I watched my dad, time and time again, treat people well, no matter what. Often that meant he treated them much better than they treated him. As a young person, I sometimes wished that he would fight for himself more, that he would exercise his rights more. But he didn’t. Instead, he consistently traveled the high road in every relationship. He gave way. He let things go. He forgave. He loved people anyway.

I remember once hearing a man ask Dad his opinion of a man who had spoken badly about him.

“I think he’s a fine man,” Dad said.

In response the questioner said, “Well, he’s said a lot of terrible things about you! What do you say to that?”

The high road, where I’ll treat you well regardless of how you treat me.

I’ll never forget Dad’s response: “You asked me what I thought of him, not what he thought of me.”

I didn’t understand how valuable that habit modeled by Dad was as a young person, but now I see the wisdom of the high road. Here it is: When you treat people better than what they deserve, you don’t carry emotional baggage. Why? Because taking the high road allows you to let go and move on. Taking the high road involves acceptance and forgiveness. It means loving someone enough to treat them better than they might deserve.”

Are you ready to take the High Road today?


Why Steve Jobs Restricted his Children using Technology?

Let’s face it.

Steve Jobs created Apple computers, iphone and ipad.

But he restricted his children using it.

Like him many other tech wizards do that.

But we and our children are enslaved by them.

According to McAfee’s Tweens, Teens & Technology India Report 2014, young people are spending online more than 5 hours in a week. Every concerned parent should read this report to know the dangerous trends among teens in India using the technology.

Tim Elmore, who is a youth educator in his blog writes how should we use technology wisely and how our children should be restricted from using them.

If our current addictions to our iPhones or other devices are any indication, we may be setting our children up for incomplete, handicapped lives—devoid of imagination, creativity and wonder—when we allow them unlimited access to screens.

He also gives three steps to leverage the technology which can enable them to grow with them.
You can read the blog article here.


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