finding Courage to {be transformed} {pray}

“… so your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you…”

A woman stands lost in a crowd, unseen & afraid. No one can hear her pounding heart, they don’t know her pain. Walking through the masses, she finds herself searching for something she’s never known. Busy people rushing past, in their fancy suits & 5 inch heals… do they even notice as she begins to cry, right there in the intersection? Clutching her bundle of boxes, she’s racing to gather more… later she will soak them to add to the weight before claiming the reward. Just as she sits to rest her failing & aching hips, a young man interrupts her thoughts of hopelessness… “M’goi PauPau!” {Please/Excuse Me Grandmother!} He’s handing her a rice box with a bowl of hot soup. He explains she should rest & eat it now while it’s hot. Tells her that Jesus loves her & He’s looking out for her. She offers a feeble smile of thanks, “Dou Jei! Dou Jei!” {Thank You! Thank You!} The old woman’s eyes lit up for a moment & the young man spots the slightest glimmer in them. Was that hope? Was it thanks? Maybe even a hint of love? She is grateful, just like every week. He says goodbye & he prays as he walks on to find the next lost & lonely soul, in need of a warm meal & a bright light of hope.
Last week, Tryston & I saw a van with a ‘vanity license plate’ – it read “IMPACTHK” – It really got us thinking! We sometimes wonder if the things we do make any impact here in Hong Kong at all… Our Tuesday nights are for the homeless & street folks. We see the same people every week, give them dinner, ask how they’ve been, tell them we love them & so does Jesus, etc. But they are always there the next day, nothing changes… Or does it? Do our efforts mean nothing? Is it really our job to cause any changes? Are the unseen blessings still a blessing? If a tree falls in the forest & no one hears it, DOES it make a sound after all??

The Lord reveals himself in new & mysterious ways all the time friends. Tonight I found His words new & fresh once again. He has promised that HE will build the house. The house of David & the House of the Lord Jesus His Son… We have a job & we do our job, but then God himself comes in & blesses it, bringing the increase & the power & salvation through Jesus! He alone builds it! … OK, so this is a reminder of what I already knew. So what’s the revelation then? That although we have done & continue to do the work faithfully & joyfully… & although we have never ceased to pray… we can, we SHOULD… find COURAGE to pray! When one prays with courage it is a POWERFUL & CONFIDENT kind of prayer! Not a defeated, tired or withering prayer. Not a “if it’s not Your will” kind of prayer. NO! No more!

We are called to be COURAGEOUS PRAYER WARRIORS!!! So as for me & my house, we will STAND & PRAY WITH NEW FOUND COURAGE & BOLDNESS before the throne of God Almighty who sits waiting for our petition & praise! When we renew our mind, we will be transformed, then we’ll know that He is Lord. KNOWING that, we’ll find peace! Then, we’ll have courage to PRAY!  May we get up every time we fall… may we encourage ourselves in the Lord & never take our eyes off of the One who is building with & for us! May we be brave in finding courage to be transformed & pray!

 “And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, so that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will be established in your sight.Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.” ~2 Samuel 7:25-29

“And now, Lord, let the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised, so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel’s God!’ And the house of your servant David will be established before you.You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you. You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant.” ~1 Chronicles 17:23-26

-JK

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5 comments on “finding Courage to {be transformed} {pray}

  1. Yes, there is a noise when a tree falls in the forest! Sink your roots down in God’s love and keep growing in faith and love…..Though it may seem to be a small thing, it means a lot to those lives you touch! god bless the five Kwongs!

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