Sunday, October 11, 2009

Humility In Prayer: My Meditations On Ondoy and Pepeng Experiences

The recent experiences of the Philippines with typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng is a reminder to all of us how powerless we are against nature and the Creator who controls it. In my own meditations about the recent disasters I felt God humbling me and reminding me to always be dependent upon Him.

A lot of times, we think we are in control of things around us, that we are powerful and we are independent, self-sufficient. But, when things like landslides, floods and other disasters fall upon us, we are shown how so many things are beyond our control.

The good news is that God is in control. Although disasters befall us, God is there to meet us where we are and we must learn to trust Him always. Below is an appropriate reading or devotion related to this meditation.

"Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens."
Lamentations 3:41

The act of prayer teaches us our unworthiness, which is a very salutary lesson for such proud beings as we are. If God gave us favours without constraining us to pray for them we should never know how poor we are, but a true prayer is an inventory of wants, a catalogue of necessities, a revelation of hidden poverty. While it is an application to divine wealth, it is a confession of human emptiness. The most healthy state of a Christian is to be always empty in self and constantly depending upon the Lord for supplies; to be always poor in self and rich in Jesus; weak as water personally, but mighty through God to do great exploits; and hence the use of prayer, because, while it adores God, it lays the creature where it should be, in the very dust. Prayer is in itself, apart from the answer which it brings, a great benefit to the Christian. As the runner gains strength for the race by daily exercise, so for the great race of life we acquire energy by the hallowed labour of prayer. Prayer plumes the wings of God's young eaglets, that they may learn to mount above the clouds. Prayer girds the loins of God's warriors, and sends them forth to combat with their sinews braced and their muscles firm. An earnest pleader cometh out of his closet, even as the sun ariseth from the chambers of the east, rejoicing like a strong man to run his race. Prayer is that uplifted hand of Moses which routs the Amalekites more than the sword of Joshua; it is the arrow shot from the chamber of the prophet foreboding defeat to the Syrians. Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God. We know not what prayer cannot do! We thank thee, great God, for the mercy-seat, a choice proof of thy marvellous lovingkindness. Help us to use it aright throughout this day!



zorlone said...

At times we may forget that there are reasons why things happen.

So, maybe we lose hope and bathed ourselves in despair, meditation and prayers would help us bounce back to our senses and to move on.

After all, life does not stop at a brick wall, we just have to keep on moving.


Eli @ Business Sphere said...

Good post! It reminds me of Job, who learned his lessons by trusting wholeheartedly in the Lord after he suffered all kinds of calamities.

The book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that nothing happens by chance, that everything happens for a reason.

We do not know yet what the reasons are why we fell victims to the recent great deluge brought about by Ondoy and Pepeng,but later on we will know.

But it is comforting to know that in the end, God is there.