The lady who called me was clearly struggling as her depression had worsened (This is an article to mark the “World Mental Health Day”). She had been through many sleepless nights and kept hearing voices at times. Restful sleep had eluded her the previous night as well. “Pastor, could you please pray with me?” she requested. I did. I prayed with her. I normally sleep well at night, but there are some occasions when I struggle too; particularly if a tough decision or a difficult conversation is ahead of me. On such occasions, I generally feel quite sluggish the following day. Focusing on my work seems more difficult too. “If I struggle so much after losing just one night’s sleep, how difficult must it be for someone who has to cope with many sleepless nights?” I thought to myself after the call.CONTINUE READING
“A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised, give her the reward she has earned” (Proverbs 31:30-31)
The world is celebrating Mother’s Day as usual on a large scale and I’m so happy that The Peoples Church in Sri Lanka is also celebrating our mothers at our services.
I would like to take a moment to salute ALL mothers through this post and to thank you for the excellent commitment shown towards your children and family. Thank you also to all who have enriched our family through your friendship and your prayers.
All preachers know only too well the value of surrounding our preaching with prayer. Yet, we may sometimes neglect this vital ingredient in our ministry. Martin Luther said, ‘If I should neglect prayer for a single day, I will lose a great deal of the fire of faith’.
The Apostle Paul refers to prayer many times in connection to his preaching ministry. I would therefore like to share a few thoughts from the writings of Paul, to help us pray strategically for our preaching.
Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:25-34 shows what I believe is a great stress-buster for handling life in today’s highly stressful environment. A lot of our stress and discouragement is caused either by unfounded or maybe even real fears and anxieties. The Lord Jesus however said in Matthew 6:34 “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. He was advising us to ‘Live one day at a time’.
We should consider doing so for the following reasons.