Talking to God

Praying is the most important deed for us to get closer to God. Praying is us communicating with God. It’s us sending our earthly thoughts to heaven above.

Sometimes, some people say, “but I am not sure of what to say.” Nevertheless, praying is not about the words you say or how you say it. God already knows what we what’s bothering us, what we want, and what we need. Some people say, “but all I have are worries and complains.” Nonetheless, say it out and offer them up still. You see, God is and will always be bigger than all our doubts and fears.

Prayer is not so much about what you’re praying for. He’s God. He can do anything He wills. It’s a matter of putting our trust in him. Soren Kierkegaard said, “Prayer doesn’t change God. It changes the person who prays.” The thing is, when we decide to pray, we recognise that He is God and we are merely His children. When we pray, we are professing our faith in the most honest and true sense of the word. We are admitting that He IS God. That we believe that He can handle anything. That whatever we need is beyond our human capacity and He is the only one who can fulfill things. Putting our hands in prayer is akin to bowing our heads to our God, lifting up our human inadequacies, and letting go and letting God. Remember when people say, “Ask and thou shall receive.” Yes, God will provide what we ask but first, we need to ask.

That said, praying also calls for meditation. Imagine having a friend confide to you about their problem yet refusing to listen to the advice you’d have to say. Same thing goes for God. When we ask our Father to take care of things, we need to allow His Holy Spirit to guide us through our thoughts, words, and actions. Sometimes, we keep on praying but complain that He isn’t answering our prayers. But, did we ever stop and think that maybe it is us who aren’t listening? Perhaps, it is already out there but we are just not looking.  Henceforth, after pouring ourselves to Him and asking for His help, we need to sit down and listen. Listen to His words of love, affirmation and encouragement. Listen to the lessons He want us to learn, the path He wants us to take, or a new plan He wants us to follow. Listen to His words of wisdom and enlightenment. Because when we ask for something, He’d surely have blessings to provide as well. Perhaps it is not what we asked for or not when we asked for it, but it’s His blessing still, with a purpose bigger than ours. The question is, are our hearts and minds truly willing to achieve them?

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God and His sense of humour

So, recently, I’ve been praying to God to help me see, feel, and listen to the Holy Spirit more easily.

Well, I’m proud to say, that I have been more in tune with His voice and guidance. I have been finding it easier to hear words of encourage when I’m feeling anxious and doubtful.  Plus, once in a while, when I need to make some decisions, big or small, I would suddenly hear some bible verses out of nowhere.

Nonetheless, I prayed for more. I mean, He’s the loving omnipotent God. If we ask Him to flood us with blessings, He’ll (supposedly) bless us abundantly indeed! Am I right?

So, this afternoon, during my bus ride, a middle-aged man sat beside me. He was wearing a white shirt and was trying sooo hard to fix his tie. Guess what?!? I couldn’t help but notice that the diagonal patter on his tie says the words “Holy Spirit” repeated numerous times!!! Coincidence, much?

With such an obvious sign, I just couldn’t resist striking a conversation. Hence, I offered to help him with his tie, then I assured him that the tie’s all fixed and he looks good.  Apparently, he’s on the way for evening mass at the Church of the Holy Spirit. So, I guess he’s an usher in the church — that explains the tie. Haha! So, within a span of 5 – 8 bus stops, I found out that he’s single, he helps out in RCIA, and he teaches Sec 2 catechism. He even offered me to try it out, esp because he’s church is short of catechist. I said, I’ll check it out. As usual, I didn’t get his name but, well, let’s call him Mr Holy-Spirit-Tie.

After Mr Holy-Spirit-Tie alighted, I couldn’t help but laugh to myself and think what a comedian God is!  A dark red tie with “Holy Spirit” “Holy Spirit” written over and over again? Really?! That’s a freakin’ funny sense of humour, big guy! hahaha 😀

Okay. Fine. Message received, Sir!

PS: Thanks! (:

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The Holy Spirit

Of the Holy Trinity, I believe that the Holy Spirit is an entity that needs more credit for His work.

I mean, He is part of the holy trinity who is always with us. He is our constant companion. He is the one who enables us to recognize God and His presence in our lives. He is the one who helps us through times of difficulties. He is the one who tries to direct us away from sins and grievous mistakes. He is the one who equips us with courage and strength.

Even when we don’t understand the Father’s power or the Son’s sacrifice, He is the one who never leaves us on our own. Even on days when we don’t see ourselves in the image of God, at least realise that the Holy Spirit is that little piece of God within us. That even in our darkest days, there is hope; we are not alone because He is with us.  He is within us. He is a part of us. We can choose not to listen to Him but His voice will always resonate in the deepest recesses of our souls. Even when we feel like heaven’s too far or the world’s too damaged, by remembering that the Holy Spirit is within everyone around us, isn’t that like a little piece of heaven on earth as well?

Well, at least He can do all that. The question is, do we allow Him to? Do we welcome Him into our daily lives? Do we let Him dwell and grow well in us?

Knowing that we have the Holy Spirit within us, having God always a part of us, how do we take care of Him? “Do you not know that you are the Temple of God, and that The Spirit of God dwells within you?”  (1 Corinthians 3:16) And, if we really value the Holy Spirit, shouldn’t we keep our body pristine and pure? We should try our best not to damage it. This goes from eating healthily, exercising, not smoking, not cursing, to not using our body as an instrument for gossiping or lustful activities. Would you want your Father to feel unwelcomed in the body of his own creation? Would you want your Father to be living in a rubbish dump filled with garbage, bad thought, and malicious acts? Instead, we should aim to make our body worthy of a place where God can reside. We should ensure that our body is always ready to accept and welcome him. We should be able to hear Him while He should be able to do His miraculous works in us.

To strengthen our relationship with God, we need to learn how to communicate and channel the Holy Spirit more. I mean, He’s already within us. How difficult can it be, right? With just a little more prayer and meditation, we can stir a stronger relationship with the Holy Spirit within us. We can ask Him and allow Him to always guide our thoughts, words, and deeds. Let Him always be is our conscience, our morale compass, our inner light.

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Let there be light.

Sometimes, we make so much mistakes and commit so much things that we start to see ourselves as terrible people. We feel that we’ve done so much wrong and so irrevocably damaged that there is no turning back. When we look into the mirror, we see so much evil that you need to be saved from yourself. And, when you look around, all you see is darkness and you don’t know who to reach out to either.

The thing is, we are created in God’s image and we are actually innately good people. However, sometimes, in the dark, we get lost and unsure of what to do. As such, it becomes easier for us to give in to temptations and succumb to evil. It does not mean we are bad people, just good people in the shadow of darkness. But, instead of letting the vicious cycle continue, pause for a while. We need to realise, darkness is not the opposite of brightness; Darkness is the absence of light.

So, if we do not want to be in the dark anymore, we should turn on the light to cast out all the darkness. Indeed, this can easily be done by surrendering it all up to God and strengthening our relationship with him. He is our light and salvation.

It is God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ that has shone into our hearts to enlighten them with the knowledge of God’s glory, the glory on the face of Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:6

I know it can’t be easily be done. We have to accept that we need help. We have to let go of who we used to be and allow Him to mould us into a new person. But, if we want to get out of the dark, the only way is to let the source our light shine through. And what better source than He who created light himself.

Indeed, He, as the Holy Spirit, is within each and everyone of us. If we allow Him, His power in us is greater than any force that comes against us. If you’ve allowed the enemy to hide you in the dark, today you can be free. Meditate on His promises and renew your faith in God. Conquer the darkness by making the choice to turn on the light.

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Hamilton Wright Mabie Once Said,

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.

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And, I completely agree. I just love Christmas season. It is the time when gifts are exchanged and carols are sung. Thanks to the belief to Santa Claus, even the naughty kids choose to be nice on this time of the year. Even the idea of consumerism is built on the concept that people just love to give. It is the time when shortcomings and disappointments are downplayed and instead, love is shared. It feels like the time when all of us choose to have faith in humanity and decide to share all the love we have to give. It’s like when Baby Jesus was born amongst us, every single Holy Spirit inculcated within us choose to shine brightly for the people around us as well. So, sure! This Christmas, and for every Christmas yet to come, let’s shower the love to the world just as God showered His love to us through His son.