Reflection on Prayer

Prayer is the main foundation of the Christian faith. All Christians pray. First, before we start the discussion on prayer, let us look at the definition of prayer. After we have defined prayer, we will also talk about the importance/reasons of praying and about God answering our prayers.

Prayer Defined

What exactly is prayer? Prayer is a form of communication that brings the creation to the creator. Prayer is like talking to God and telling Him what you need or how you feel. Someone once said this about prayer and I quote. “Prayer is the key to heaven, but faith unlocks the door.”

Understanding the Importance/Reasons of Praying

Now that we have defined prayer, let us look at the importance and the reasons why we should pray.

Why do we pray? Why is it important that we pray?

Simply because Jesus Himself modelled it for us and he instructed us to do so. Let us first look at the most famous prayer of the Bible – The Lord’s Prayer and also a few other examples.

“Our father who art in heaven hallowed by Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen” (Matt 6:9-13)

Example 1 – “And in the early morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place and was praying there.” Mark 1:35 (Jesus often took time out to be alone with the Father in prayer. If Jesus the Son of God does that, how much more do we, as mere mortal ought to do the same?)

Example 2 – “Ask and it shall be given, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you” (Matt 7:7)

Example 3 – “Until now you have not ask anything in my name. Ask and your joy will be made full” (John 16:24)

Example 4 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and
petition with thanksgiving present your request to God” (Philippians 4:6)

Understanding Prayer – The Hows and the Whats.

Now we have seen the various examples from the Bible about why we should pray. Let us look deeper into the Lord’s Prayer as our model to understand how we should pray and what we should ask for.

First step in prayer is the acknowledgment of God our Father – “Our father who art in heaven hallowed by Thy name”. We recognise our identity as God’s Children and address Him as our Abba Father. Prayer is an act of humility and faith. We pray because we know that God is able to provide for our needs and is able to help us when things are beyond our control. It is the acknowledgment of our dependence for God and we need faith to believe that whatever we ask for in prayer we will receive it. Prayer is not for the proud, for they believe they are able to handle it on their own and refuse to seek help from the only sovereign and Holy One. God is the one who created the world that we live in, don’t you think He has all the wisdom, capability and the solution to all our problems?

Second step in prayer is seeking the Lord’s will and its fulfilment – “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Third step in prayer is seeking the Lord for our daily provision – “Give us this day our daily bread”. Notice the Lord uses the word “Daily”. It means that we are to seek him every day for new provision of grace and strength. We are not to depend on yesterday’s grace. The Bible says, “The Lord’s loving kindness indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 2:22-23)

Forth step in prayer is seeking for forgiveness for ourselves and those who have hurt us – “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”. It is important that we seek forgiveness for our sins as well as seek to forgive those have hurt us, as un-forgiveness will hinder our prayers from being answered. The Bible says in James 5: 16 – “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. “

Fifth step in prayer is seeking the Lord to guide us away from temptation and for the deliverance from the enemy – “And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil”. This is very crucial because the bible gives us this warning of Satan, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

Sixth and final step in prayer is to praise the Lord, “For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever”. One of the examples I’ve quoted earlier from the bible is this “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving presenting your request to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

The above is only an example and not a format to prayer. There is no hard and fast rule how we should pray, but the Lord’s Prayer is a model for all of us to follow.

Now we have looked at The Lord’s Prayer and have understood better how we should go about praying. We will now discuss one of the most talked about topic – Does God answers all prayers? Does He or doesn’t He?

So does God answer all prayers? Does He or doesn’t He?

I personally believe that He does. God answer prayers in 3 ways, “Yes,” “No” and “Wait”.

When God says “Yes”, that is a pretty straightforward answer and a sign of approval that God is giving you the go ahead light to do as you wish or is giving you something that you were seeking for.

When God says “No”, that is a denial. Most of us cannot accept “NO” as an answer but the fact that God says “NO” is already an answer and the answer is simply “NO”. Earlier in the blog, I mentioned that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. But if God does not answer you, does that mean you are not righteous? Of course not. God is not a mean or stingy Father who will withhold things from His children. The Bible says in Matt 7:7-11 – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him”.

Sometimes it may not be a bad thing when God tells you “No” it could be that God has prepared something better than what you were asking for. Imagine if God said “Yes” to all our selfish requests, the world would be in much havoc.

And finally, God sometimes says “Wait” and that refers to “Delay”. Most of us don’t like to wait because we have no idea how long the waiting is going to take us. But that waiting part is the testing of our faith. In the beginning of my blog I quoted this, “Prayer is the key to heaven, but faith unlocks the door. One thing to be thankful of is that at least God didn’t say “NO”, He is only telling you to wait, that means it will eventually take place, but in His time and not ours. That’s why in the Lord’s Prayer, we are taught to seek the Lord’s will – “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. Seeking God’s will, includes trusting in His perfect timing to do as He says.

In conclusion, pray because –

1) Jesus modelled for us to do so
2) Jesus instructed us to do so
3) It is God’s desire to bless us when we pray
4) It is our privilege as God’s children to seek Him and request for things
5) God hears and answers them

God bless you!

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter of the Most High King

“Fishing” for true love

Has it occurred to anyone that finding a soul mate is like fishing? I’ve thought of it before.. Let us take a look at the basic equipment needed for fishing.

(1) You need a fishing rod
(2) a bait
(3) a fishing boat
(4) a map
(5) the sea
(6) patience
(7) the fish and last but not least
(8) the box that contains your catch.

Once all these are in place, you’re ready to go fishing. Does that apply to finding a partner too? I believe it does. Lets’ look at the “equipment” needed for dating. (1) You need to have goal in mind (What are you looking for?), that’s your fishing rod. (2) Your bait – We need good character, pleasant appearance (maybe), the point of attraction, basically. (3) Boat? Yeah, that’s the direction you’re taking. (4) A map – You can’t go dating without a plan. (5) The sea – That’s the place where you’ll find your catch (6) Patience – that applies for almost everything (7) The fishes – Duh, that’s obvious. And last, (8) The box where you keep your catch – That’s part of retention. Once you believe, you’ve got your catch, make sure you keep it safe and don’t let him escape from you.

Sounds easy? Yeah, but why do people fail so badly? Take me for example. I think I’ve got all the above criteria, but why did I fail, what did I lack? Well, I’ll share with you the mistake I made, and PLEASE DON’T EVER MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE AS I DID!!!

Common mistake 1 – No fishing rod. If you have no rod to begin with (you have basically no idea what you are looking for). You are not going to be able to start your journey at all. You need to know what you want and start planning.

Common mistake 2 – Wrong equipment and bait used – What do fishes like? Worms right? So, use the appropriate tool for the job. Understand that different fish is attracted to different baits and fishing hooks. Find out what your “ideal fish” is attracted to, use that to attract him to yourself. Try putting a “rotting fish” on the rod and see what you get. A devastating result! You’ll scare all the fishes away. It’s also about the technic of fishing. (How do you carry yourself in a relationship?)

Common mistake 3 – Wrong sea – Looking for love at the wrong places. Eg, You’re looking for salmon, so go to where salmon gathers. Don’t expect to find salmon in the Great Barrier Reef, where most probably all you get is corals. Perhaps you might want to move to another fishing spot.

Common mistake 4 – Wrong type of fish – That’s a link to point # 3. If you’re looking for love at all the wrong places, don’t expect the right guy to come. Discretion is important too. Scrutinise your fish before you catch it. It wouldn’t harm you getting a 2nd opinion, so get a fishing partner. Get a close and trust worthy friend to come along with you. If your fish is rotten, your friend may be able to advice you before you make a mistake and you’d better reject it before you get a tummy upset if you consume it. That’s even worse.

Common mistake 5 – Lack of patience. That’s link to point #4. If out of anxiety, you pick any Tom, Dick or Harry that comes, you may regret it when you found out he’s not the right one, because you did not spend enough time understanding him.

Common mistake 6 – No boat/map. If you are not actively going out to sea to fish, you’ll probably won’t find one at all by just sitting there at home and watching TV. If you haven’t got boat, go borrow or rent one. The map is your plan, you need to plan how to go to your fishing spot. You might end up at a different stop, or take a detour half way, but still you will need a map in case you get lost and want to find your way back to dry land. The thing is to be active not passive. This is also closely linked to the first point at the beginning of the fishing journey – Having a fishing rod to start with, otherwise you will be totally clueless and ill-equipped for the journey.

These are commons mistakes, of which many I have made, though not all, but some. Still, it’s bad enough. As a result, not only did I not catch any fish (or got the wrong fish), I got hurt in the process as well. I eventually gave up fishing for good, I threw away my rod, forsook the bait, destroyed the boat with the map, I avoided the sea and I hated fish. I was miserable but at least I’ve learnt my lesson. There is also one point to note here… You will not always be successful at getting your fish. Some times you will have to keep trying, and you will have to be really patient before you get a good catch. Some times it is about the timing, you might have all the necessary equipment in place and you are at the right spot, all you have to do is to be really patient. Once you got your catch, try your best keep it alive by putting it in your fishing box (have one ready in your boat and please fill it with water). You need to keep your fish alive if you want to enjoy it long it can survive.

I might have failed miserably and made all the wrong mistakes. Still, it’s not yet the end of the world, I’m even starting to read books about dating too. I recommend a few – “God is a matchmaker” By Derek Prince, “When God writes your love story” By Eric & Leslie Ludy & “Finding Mr. Right” By Stephen Arterburn & Dr. Meg J. Rinck. You may want to start picking up dating skills from the experts. Look at people with successful marriages and relationship, find out their secret to success, learn from them. The best person to ask, probably, will be your mom. I am by no means a dating expert, but I’m just sharing from experience the mistakes I’ve seen people making, including myself.

Right now, I’m not fishing, I’ve decided to take a break for a while. I just wanna wait and relax on the shore. Just enjoy the sun and the sand. Am I not hungry, you may ask me. Well, yeah of course I am, I’m just not desperate that’s all.

Besides, I don’t think I will die without a fish… While, I may not be fishing for now, I still encourage all of you out there to go on, out there at sea. Don’t give up, take your time and enjoy the process. There’s so many fishes out there in the BIG OCEAN, I’m sure yours is just somewhere out there waiting for you. But while you’re at it, please… do leave some behind for me to catch too. Having said all these, though I won’t be “fishing” for a while, I will still be on a lookout for my ideal fish. I still believe however, that mine will come for me someday, I just have to be patient and continue seeking it.

Well, I’ve got to say bye for now. I’ll catch up with you guys soon!!!

God bless you!

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter of the Most High King

Thoughts on Singlehood

Singlehood – A blessing or a curse? Well, that depends on yourself, how you want to define it. Singlehood, no matter which angle you may be looking from, it will have its pros and cons. Let’s take a look at them. Pros – You’re single, you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. You’re free to make your own decisions, your own plans at your own time. Cons – Well, you’ll be by yourself. You may not be able to understand or experience what it is like to be loved and cared for by another human being of a different gender, so close to you. Hey, but mind you, that’s a completely different kind of love from the one your parents give you. I’m talking about your second half – the man or woman that makes up the other part of you.

I’ve been single all my life, I’ve never dated anyone before, and like all other singles out there, I too, long for love. I long to have someone to hold me, to whisper sweet words in my ears, to have a shoulder to cry on whenever I’m down, someone to love and to be loved by. You may think that your friends can give you all these too, right? Well, that’s not wrong, but its just so different. It’s not wrong to want all these, is it? Yet, so often, I’ve heard people giving names to singles as being a social misfit/disgrace, useless, unwanted etc… But are all these true? I would say it’s rather unfair, speaking from a single woman point of view. We didn’t want for all these. Sure, there are women who chose to be single, but most of us are still looking out and waiting for our Prince Charming, well at least, I’m one of those. Maybe, it’s just that Mr. Right has not appeared yet. I’ve read of single women who are successful in their careers. They are independent, they don’t need men, they can pretty much survive on their own. I have girlfriends who are single and in their 40s doing very well, they never had a man in their lives too. So, who dares to say that singles are useless??? I beg to differ!!!!

Let us now, turn our eyes somewhere else for a moment, shall we? Let’s talk about those who are attached. I have girlfriends, who have had boyfriends after boyfriends, but they are not very happy either. They’ll tell me that, they’re tired of all those failed relationships, and they envy me for not needing to care about all these. If you are still thinking that being single is a terrible feeling, just wait till you get into a relationship, and start getting involve with another human being just as human as you are! Boy, will you be in for a lot of conflicts. I’ve been there and I know how it feels like… I met the wrong guy at the wrong time and suffered for 3 years in that “relationship”. It is better to be single and happy than to be with the wrong one and be unhappy.

So, what am I trying to say? Well, I guess I’m addressing mainly to the women out there. Hey, it’s really OK to be single, you are not alone, there’s nothing wrong with you. You can’t force love on yourself or on anyone else, it has to come naturally. Just wait and see and let nature take its course. God has said in the Bible in Gen 1:18 “It is not good for the man to be alone, I will make him a helper suitable for him”. In this context, “helper” is referred to as a companion. God will eventually bring him or her to you, just wait and see. Wait a minute, but what about those whom God has called to be single? Are there such cases? Yes, of course! I have a guy friend who is a pastor and is still single in his 40s, and he asked me this question one day, “What if, God has spoken to you and called you to be single?” Well, what if? Well then, so let it be. If it’s God’s will, don’t fight it, He probably has other plans for you in His mind. After all, He is God, He knows what’s best for us. For now, well, just enjoy the status of being single, but don’t give up on looking for your Mr or Mrs Right. He/she may just be somewhere out there waiting and looking for you too.

Blessings always

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter of the Most High King

(PS. Read my next blog on “Fishing” for true love, to find out about my views on dating)

Reflection on God’s Faithfulness

Reblogging another old post of mine

Reflections By Michelle Yee

Reflections on God’s Faithfulness

We often find ourselves singing during worship or maybe during our prayers, “God, please do not let me go…” But if we think hard enough, do we realize that God doesn’t have the intention of letting go of us? In fact the Bible says “The Lord will never leave us nor forsake us.” Hebrews 13:6. Having said this, the reality is that, instead of God letting go of us, we are the ones who are letting go of Him. We often have heard of people saying, “Let go and let God”, this phrase simply means we are to let go of ourselves and all of our problems, releasing them to God, letting Him do what He has to do, and we are to trust Him. But the fact is that most of us are letting go of God rather than ourselves.

Perhaps next you might wonder…

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Coping with life’s problem

Reblogging my old post

Reflections By Michelle Yee

Coping with life’s problem

Have you ever found yourself in situations, you find it all hopeless? Do you find life miserable, everything seems to going wrong and nothing is going right? You want to give up, you want to run away, you just want to escape and have nothing to do with it?

Well, life does attempts to tear us apart in different directions especially, in the face of an adverse situation. There are often different kinds of reaction we can have towards these situations in life. We can either choose to run away and forever not learn how to cope with them, or we can trust in God’s grace and His supernatural strength to enable us to walk through it.

Whenever we come face to face with such situation that is too difficult, too fearful or maybe even too troublesome to cope with, our natural reaction is usually to…

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Reflection on Praise and Worship

Reflections By Michelle Yee

Worship is essential to the Christian faith as important as we need to pray, as important as we need to have faith to please God. Worship is the overall calling and a privilege of every Child of God, Psalm 33:1, “Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones praise is becoming to the upright.” Worship is man’s expression of love and reverence towards our Creator and it is also our acknowledgment of His sovereignty and His lordship over our lives.

Worship is bringing delight and pleasure to God and it shifts our focus from ourselves to God. It is also a powerful weapon against the devil, it silences the accuser and denies him of his power, because worship brings down God’s presence and power. Our worship not only brings delight to God, it also brings encouragement to the hurting members of Christ. When our worship rises to God…

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Reflections on Love

LOVE – The four letters words, most frequently and commonly used in our daily lives, literally. Expressions like – I love you, I love my dog & I love to eat pizza. The word LOVE is so commonly used, but do we actually know what it really means? The word LOVE has various definitions. The English dictionary itself has a got a few definition of LOVE, one of which, is described as a romantic attraction. Definition number 2 – Of pleasure/enjoyment; I love playing the piano. Now, we know how the dictionary defines love. Let us now look at the Bible to see what God says of love.

The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God SO LOVED the world, that He gave His One and Only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. 1 John 4:8 says this- “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is LOVE”. Now, you ask, how does LOVE looks like, how does Jesus looks like? Look at 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrong, love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres.” That is the character of LOVE, and that is the very nature of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says God IS LOVE, and God’s love is displayed most obviously through the sacrifice of Jesus. God’s love is unconditional. His love doesn’t change. Even if we sin, even when we still continue to hurt Him, His love for us remains. Romans 8:35-39 says,. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulations, or distress, or persecution or famine, or nakedness or peril of sword? Just as it is written, “FOR THEY SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED” But in all these things we overwhelming conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, not life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor power, nor of height, nor depth, nor any other created things, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

God loves us, God loves me and God loves you! That’s the whole message of my BLOG, but why do people still struggle with love? You hear people say, “My boyfriend, just ditched me, I’m rejected. No one loves me.” or “My mom doesn’t love me, she’s always criticizing and putting me down.” I had the similar struggle ones. I struggled with loneliness, I faced rejection by parents, by friends, by teachers. Why do people feel this way? I don’t know, but possibly they do not know Jesus that’s why. Look again at the 1 John 4:8. It says, “The one who does not love, does not know God, for God IS LOVE.” The only way to get out of this stigma is a relationship with Jesus, because He loves us. I believe that’s the purpose of the Cross of Jesus – to restore the relationship between man and God. 1 John 4:16-18 says, “And we have come to know and have believed the Love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love, abides in God and God in him. By this, love is perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgement; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” So do not fear, because God LOVES US. Fear doesn’t come from God, it comes from the devil. “God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim 1:7). The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.” (John 10:10). Hallelujah, for the fact the Jesus came to offer us abundant life – one of love and assurance of His faithfulness forever.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, PRAISE GOD, that you have Jesus. You HAVE love. Love is IN you, because God is love, and God IS IN YOU. So if any one feels discouraged and thinks that no one loves you, stop and think again. GOD LOVES YOU, SO SMILE!!!

God loves you and so do I!!!

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter of the Most High King

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