Prayer helps us to see ourselves and our motives more honestly


Ephesians 6:18

Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication.


At a busy city intersection, my friend and I waited to cross the road. I pressed the button for the pedestrian walk sign once, twice, half a dozen times.

“Why did you do that?” asked my friend. “Once is enough. You are not going to speed anything up by doing it again and again.”

“I know,” I replied, “but it makes me feel better.”

Her question made me think of one of my own “whys”. The Bible encourages us to pray with my confidence, knowing that our requests are heard. But it also tells us to pray constantly. I have wondered why, but I have concluded that prayer is so much in the realm of mystery that I cannot expect to understand. Nevertheless I try.

Prayer is as much for me as it is for God. Though I would like to think that the world is different because I pray, I know that all I can do is rely on God and simply pray in faith. But regardless of what happens in the world outside me, when I pray, something happens within me. Not only do I feel better, but I am also changed by the experience. Sometimes I don’t want to pray about a problem that is troubling me, and I resist. When I pray, God sorts out my motives. Then the world seems different because I am different, and I am more confident in leaving the final answers to God.

PERSAHABATAN…


Waktu terbaik menjalin persahabatan adalah jauh sebelum Anda memerlukan mereka.

– Herm Albright

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Berbagi kesenangan melipatduakan kesenangan,

berbagi kesedihan membuat kesedihan menjadi setengahnya.

– Pepatah Swedia

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Dua orang tidak bisa menjadi teman akrab apabila gagal untuk memanfaatkan kegagalan kecil.

– Jean de La Bruyere

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Ketika musuh di dalam sudah tidak ada, musuh dari luar tidak dapat menyakiti Anda

– Pepatah Afrika

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Ia yang memberi lebih cepat, memberi dua kali lipat.

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Ada dua hal yang harus dilupakan: kebaikan yang dilakukan pada orang lain

dan kesalahan orang lain pada kita.

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Anda dapat mengesankan orang-orang dari jauh, tetapi Anda hanya dapat mempengaruhi mereka dari dekat.

– Howard Hendrics

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TEMAN SEJATI AKAN MENGATAKAN KEPADA ANDA BERBAGAI KESALAHAN DAN KEBODOHAN YANG ANDA LAKUKAN,

SERTA MENGULURKAN TANGAN DAN MEMBUKA HATI SAAT ANDA DALAM KESULITAN.

How Do I Recognize The Holy Spirit Within Me?


Romans 5:5

Hope does not disappoint  us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.


As I listened to the pastor’s message, her words caught my attention. He was saying that he wished everyone to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I thought, I am a Christian. I have already been baptized. Why does he talk about being baptized again? I was confused.

Then our church held a special evangelistic meeting. We invited a guest preacher for the meeting, and I was wondered if he would help me with my doubt and question. During the meeting, the preacher invited people to come forward, but I didn’t go because I was disappointed in his preaching. My questions about the Holy Spirit had not been answered.

The next evening, I attended church again. The pastor asked people to pray longer than usual. All the people prayed together. To my great surprise, the pastor came to me while I was praying and put his hand on my shoulder. As he prayed for me, I felt the love of God deeply. In the moment, I realized that the Holy Spirit was already within me. My eyes filled with tears of joy.

MENYERAH??? NO WAY!!!


Jangan pernah menyerah,

sebab ada tempat dan saat di mana ombak tertinggi pun akan berbalik arah.

– Harrist Beecher Stowe.

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Perhatikan perbedaan apa yang akan terjadi pada seseorang yang berkata, “Saya telah gagal tiga kali,” dengan orang yang berkata, “Saya orang yang gagal.”

– S.I. Hayakawaim

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Anda harus melakukan pertumbuhan Anda sendiri, tidak peduli setinggi apa pun kakek Anda.

– Pepatah Irlandia

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Semakin seseorang bersungguh hati, semakin ia tersenyum sepenuh hati.

– Arthur Schopenhaver

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Orang yang mempunyai harapan, melihat kesuksesan di mana orang lain melihat kegagalan, dan melihat cahaya matahari di mana orang lain melihat bayang-bayang dan angin topan.

– Orison Swett Manden

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Malah kegagalanlah yang membuat tulang menjadi tegap, otot-otot mengekar kokoh,

dan manusia menjadi semakin gigih.

– Beecher

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Kekalahan tidak akan membuatmu pahit kecuali engkau menelannya.

– Joe Clark

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Jika orang berpegang pada keyakinan, maka hilanglah kesangsian.

Tetapi, jika orang sudah mulai berpegang pada kesangsian, maka hilanglah keyakinan.

– Sir Francis Bacon

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SELALU INGAT BAHWA KETETAPAN HATI ANDA UNTUK BERHASIL LEBIH PENTING DARIPADA HAL-HAL LAINNYA

– ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Rom.14:8


Psalm 40:3

[The Lord] put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.


From dear Lottie Guttry in Texas:

When I was diagnosed with a rare type of ovarian cancer, I spent hours researching my diagnosis on the Internet before I met with my oncologist. At our meeting I scribbled copious notes about the cancer, the chemotherapy, the chances of recurrence. But that information gave me no peace. While I feared chemotherapy, the possibility of recurrence paralyzed me. Sadness began to invade even the happiest occasions of my life.

Answering my prayers for healing, God sent me a host of angels: Cancer patients much sicker than I witnessed to their faith through joyful living. Friends and family prayed for me. Books written by Christians with cancer addressed my fears. The psalmists comforted me, and Bible heroes – Daniel, Peter, Stephen, Paul – inspired me. I began to experience Christ, the greatest hero of all, walking with empathy beside me, healing me.

My treatment is finished, and today I feel wonderfully alive. I prayed for my deepest desire: a sure physical cure. Instead, Christ healed my spirit, replacing doubt and fear with trust and peace.

When and where have I said yes to God?


Isaiah 6:8

I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

My friend in Alabama, Ed Williams has a wonderful experience.

Years ago I attended the funeral of Ralph Callahan, a man who at age 93 had been the oldest working journalist in my state, Alabama. Because of his senior status, Ralph liked to say that he had a “license to reminisce”. He was especially grateful to still be involved in a profession that he loved. The minister at the funeral talked about Ralph’s zest for living, saying that life for Ralph was never a spectator sport. He was a player.

When I joined my church, I asked myself, Will I be a player or spectator? “Here am I. Send me,” we read in Isaiah. But saying yes to a call to discipleship can be hard, especially if it takes us out of our comfort zone. Saying no is easy. I wonder, what if God said no to us as many times as we say no to God?

Saying yes to God and being active in God’s work helps us grow spiritually. This doesn’t necessarily mean being seen and heard. All of us can serve in quiet and humble ways known only to God. We have many opportunities to do so. Discipleship means being a servant and, as Jesus showed us, putting others ahead of ourselves.

I’m trying to respond when I hear God’s call. It’s hard sometimes, heeding God’s voice. But when we do we receive great blessings.