… WATCH & PRAY …
Dear Brother & Sisters
Greetings in the matchless name of our Lord who watches over us, hears our prayers and forgives our sins.
“Watch and Pray” was the theme of AGM 2019. It was an all-time high participation at AGM 2019 with 299 people (Students 88, Graduates 158, Staff 53) representing all the states of the India. Rev Dr Sundar Singh (UESI Vice President) gave the Key note address and Bro James Ratnaraj (Former UESI General Secretary) gave the morning and evening devotions. Participants were blessed by the exposition of the word of God.
Alongside the theme – Watch and Pray, I too want to reiterate the call- WATCH and PRAY. With the changing scenario in our country we need to spend more time as individuals, families as well as a movement/community in WATCHING, FASTING and PRAYING. A good soldier prepares himself much ahead of war. Our fight is not against flesh and blood but against the principalities and powers of darkness.
Let us evaluate, how is our prayer life? Are we able to have a quality time of reading God’s word and spending time in prayer even for half an hour daily? Jesus requested disciples to pray before He went further at His Gethsemane prayer. Peter failed. How much more do we? Today we spend a lot of time on interpersonal communication systems, but we fail in communicating with God in prayer though we don’t need any gadgets. To connect with Him, we just fold hands and bend knees. It’s important that we develop the habit of WATCHING. What all areas we need to watch?
First, it is good to watch own lives in the following areas instead of watching others’ lives
• What I am meditating in my mind?
• What is happening in my heart?
• What is happening to my soul?
• How I am using my strength?
Jesus said, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation (Mt. 26:41). Paul says, “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted (Gal. 6:1).
Second, watch our society, our times that God has called us to minister to. The prophets and priests of the Old Testament were known for listing down the sins of the community/ their country Israel and the surrounding nations. Our founding father and early pioneers were known for their field surveys and perspectives about our country- INDIA. They felt like being watchmen of the country, prayed about various happenings and cried out for God’s mercies in that situation. As we grow as a movement may the Lord help to grow as watchmen of our country with a sense of accountability for the perishing situations and the perishing souls. May the LORD help us to spend time to have a Quality time of prayer.
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them (Duet. 4:9)
• “Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado
• True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is a spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.” – Charles Spurgeon
• “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tyre?” – Corrie ten Boom
• “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” – Martin Luther
I am glad to announce that UESI thrust area for 2019-21 is Unity, Love & Prayer. The last two years, with our theme “mentoring servant leaders”, the Lord has renewed the emphasis within our community for mentoring. And now adopting the theme “UNITY, LOVE & PRAYER”, may God work in and through us for building His work further
With you In Prayer,
UESI General Secretary