Here is the latest reflection from Reverend Chee.
Reflections for the week.
Our reflections this week, focuses on the theme of Prayer.
Over the past weeks, I was wondering where I could get a Covid-19 test (just out of curiosity). I have been reading up that the present test involves taking a swab from the back of the nose which I thought was rather gross. I read somewhere else that research have shown that saliva gives a better test indicator. So, I have been praying for an opportunity to be tested. Last Friday, at the local Countdown I read a sign that one may get tested. I wondered where I could get that. On Saturday morning, I drove by Claudelands coming from the Five Cross Road and swung my car around on seeing a sign indicating Covid-19 testing. I drove in there and got tested. It was free of charge and you will know your results in two days. Presto, prayer answered for peace of mind.
O Lord hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. 2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. 3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. 4 O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked. 5 Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence, for you hate all who do evil. 6 You will destroy those who tell lies. The Lord detests murderers and deceivers. 7 Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe. 8 Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow. 9 My enemies cannot speak a truthful word. Their deepest desire is to destroy others. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with flattery. 10 O God declare them guilty. Let them be caught in their own traps. Drive them away because of their many sins, for they have rebelled against you. 11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. 12 For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love.
Questions for reflection –
1. How do you view the role of prayer in your faith? What do your prayers look like?
2. Do you reflect on the prayers that you have prayed? How often do you seek to find God’s answer?
3. Have you ever woken up with the expectation that Jesus has answered your prayer? If not, why not?
4. What is the difference between believing that ‘God hears our prayers’ and ‘God answers our prayers?’
5. Do you wait ‘expectantly’ for God’s answer? How can you change your prayer life to focus on expectancy?