The Power of Praise and Prayer

It is usually in our darkest moments that we experience the awesome power of prayer.

In the Book of Acts we read that Paul and Silas were arrested, beaten and thrown into prison for preaching the gospel.

At midnight, Paul and Silas started praying and singing songs of praise to our Father God.

Suddenly, there was a great earthquake and the foundation of the prison was shaken.

The chains holding Paul and Silas were broken and the prison gates were thrown open.

That is what the power of praise can do. It can pull down anything that is burdening you in your life.

So, remember, whatever challenges you may be facing don’t stop praising and worshipping God. For it is in your darkest moments that you will truly experience the awesome power of Prayer.

God Bless

Geoffrey

Thanking God in Prayer

I am very conscious that I spend much of my prayer time in asking our Father God for everything that I need.

I always seem to have a prayerful ‘shopping list’, that I lay at the foot of God, of things that I need to improve not only the quality of my own life but so that I am able to help more and more people enter a deeper relationship with our Heavenly Father.

However, I always try to remember to thank Him for everything that He has graciously, and generously, bestowed upon me.

He is a God of many miracles, and I would not be writing this message today, if it were not for His grace in saving me from my ‘death’ bed.

So, in my morning prayers, I do take a minute, perhaps longer, to thank Him for everything I have and for all His love and compassion that He gives to me every day, and in so many wondrous ways.

Praise be the Lord. Hallelujah

With many prayerful blessings

Geoffrey

The Dusty Room

They came unexpectedly. Two of them following a man with a jar – he pointed me out, and then disappeared as the others hurried towards me. I recognised them immediately; they were followers of Him, the teacher.

We had spoken before, this teacher and I, He spoke wisely and seemed somehow to be able to look inside my very soul.

We had discussed money, something that I was very fond of, but He seemed to think that I should give more away, help the local poor, reach out to those in need around me. I was a little taken aback; after all, who was this man to tell me what I should do with my own money?

But He sowed a seed, and it really got me thinking. It was as if He knew it would, as if He even knew the outcome of my thinking.

Then of course it happened, his two disciples arrived and asked for my upper room so that they and the teacher could share the Passover together.

Here was my chance, to show Him that I had been thinking about our conversation. I welcomed the party and told them I would prepare it for them.

They went back to give Jesus the news and I went straight to the room that had not been used for a while and needed a good clean. I spent the afternoon cleaning everywhere, making it ready to receive Him.

It was not too long before they showed up. Everyone looked hot and bothered, He smiled at me as I had said nothing about charging Him for the use of the room. He knew I was beginning to change.

He asked me for a bowl of water, which I provided and then to everyone’s amazement He bent down and washed his disciples’ feet. I have never seen a teacher, a leader do that before. Who was this man who turned the norm on its head and changed everything from the inside out?

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

For Jesus It Was A Dangerous Day!

In the Shadows of Victory you are invited to ride the roller-coaster of Holy Week.

We now begin the journey, remembering that already we stand with Jesus Christ our Saviour in the shadow of the cross, remembering that for him, it was a very dangerous day.

Jesus knew exactly what he was doing mounting the donkey at Bethpage, as this was where the priests had calculated the city limits. For Jesus to mount here was a statement that spoke volumes to all that were there. It was, in effect, as if He was shouting from the rooftops that He was the Messiah.

Now, position yourself at the side of the road, having first run and chopped down a palm branch that you are waving frantically.

Picture if you can the Roman army standing there, thousands of them, making it very clear that you are part of an occupied people. Look up at the temple on the hill, and look beyond it. There overshadowing the holy place is the fist shaped Roman fortress. Built purposely taller than the temple just to remind you who was in charge.

Listen to the crowd hailing him as their King. But He does not come on a war horse, only a humble donkey. And He does not come with swords and clubs; He is armed only with God’s words of peace and love.

Wave your branches, as they are the national symbol of your people. Wave them at the coming Messiah, showing your defiance to the Romans, believing that this Jesus would send them packing once and for all.

Jesus knew that for Him, it was a very dangerous day.

Picture the children laughing and playing around your feet. In your fear, you push them forward. Somehow this fear is always lurking beneath your joy; your fear of the Roman soldiers and the power they hold over you.

The children – they are young, surely these soldiers wouldn’t launch an attack against them, no matter how unruly the crowd become. Push them forward, put them between you and the soldiers, not because you do not love your children, but because you fear for your own safety.

Jesus knew that for Him, it was a very dangerous day.

Sing your hosannas, not just a song of happiness, but also a song of rebellion, a song that speaks of freedom, and of victory over your enemies. Stand tall in the face of those who persecute you. Hold firm, ready to take up arms and fight, ready to rally around this new king and take back, by force if you have to, your land, and your home.

Jesus knew that for Him, it was a very dangerous day.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Struggles for Survival Without Clean Water!

Not too long ago, there was a village characterized by a desperate struggle for survival. People lived in poverty and at risk of disease. But there was an even more pressing problem: In the hot, dry desert, there were not enough water sources to go around. The villagers depended on dirty ponds and rivers. Sometimes, it was difficult to find water at all.

Pastor Dalapathi ministered in this village and was deeply concerned about the people’s situation. While he worked hard to share Christ’s love with the people, it was difficult to break through, and he could see they desperately needed clean water.

By God’s grace, Pastor Dalapathi and the believers did not lose hope. Instead, they prayed and something changed: God provided a Jesus Well for their village. It was an amazing answer to prayer. Suddenly, the villagers had clean, safe water ready and accessible. But this gift had a far greater impact.

“The non-believers of the village were astonished by the good work that has been done by the church,” said one field report.

And this tangible act of love and prayer warmed all their hearts to learning more.

Never ever under-estimate the immense Power of Prayer. There is no limit to the abundance which our Father God will bestow upon you and those of whom you are praying.

Praise be the Lord. Hallelujah.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Jeffrey Archer’s Favourite Bible Verse

Lord Jeffrey Archer is an International Best-Selling Author and Former Politician

(“I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.”)

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My favourite Bible verse(s) are:

1 Corinthians 13: “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity”.

1 Corinthians 13 was also a favourite scripture of my mother.

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More than 120 celebrities shared their favourite Bible Verses with me. If you would like to purchase a copy of my brand new book, “What Is Your Favourite Bible verse?” please go to:-

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All profits from the book will go towards the much needed repairs of Clydach Methodist Church.

Thank you, in advance, for all your love and support.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Syria

‘The true meaning of Christmas’

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In the Syrian city of Tartus, Pastor B’s church won’t be celebrating Christmas with trees, decorations and lights this year. For many Syrians, the horrors of persecution and war have left many deeply traumatised. So instead of decorations, the church is celebrating Christmas by doing something far more sensitive and beautiful. They are giving gifts of love and sharing the story of Christ to those most in need.

“We celebrate by our church members bringing things to give to the children who don’t have anything,” explains Pastor B. “We go to the camps and we do a play for children. We talk to these children about how Jesus fled like them, and how God protected him the same way he is protecting them now.”

Every month, Pastor B’s church helps over 2,000 families with the support of Open Doors. “When we present the gifts, they are brought from the children in the church. This brings joy to the families in the church who learn that the true meaning of Christmas is to go and help those who are in need. This is one beautiful thing at Christmas.”

Please Pray:

  • Thank God for Pastor B’s church and other Open Doors partners giving joy to people this Christmas
  • That Syrians who are displaced or hurting over Christmas will know God’s comfort and peace
  • That the Good News of Christ will be heard by all those families in need who are relying on support from the church.
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“What I found with you, I did not find anywhere else”

One day, a Muslim family came to Pastor B’s church who had just fled Aleppo. The children were so traumatised, the son would bang his head against the wall and the girl’s hair had fallen out. With support from the church, they received trauma care. Now, they are restored. They are making friends and are settling in.

“We prayed with the mother and encouraged her,” says Pastor B. “She told us: ‘What I found with you, I did not find anywhere else and I want this peace. I want my children to grow up and to believe in what you believe.'”

Open Doors works through local partners and churches like Pastor B’s across Syria – in 2016 we were able to provide support for 12,000 families each month with both long-term and short-term support, including food packages and blankets, and trauma care and micro-loans.

Here are three ways you can support churches like Pastor B’s to bring hope to the Middle East this Christmas:

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With many thanks for your prayers,

Lisa

Lisa Pearce
CEO Open Doors UK & Ireland

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