【雙語園地】禱告、領受與承擔 Seek, Submit and Support
Written by 盧國禮
在 2019 年的第一個主日，本宣家 (教會) 有反思和感恩的回顧崇拜。在去年初，教會定下了整年的事工和牧養弟兄姊妹的目標：禱告、領受與承擔 。這並不是高唱的口號，而是牧者們在帶領著弟兄姊妹們合一同心所得的異象，按步靠著恆切的禱告，教導培育，並領受聖靈的啟迪，又加上努力承擔和支持 ….. 。
2018 年 9 月 9 日蘭里市山景宣道會的國語崇拜開始了，出席人數穩定於 45-50 人之間。福音事工在蘭里市說普通話的社群中，實在有需要，聖靈給本宣家的異象無疑。(摘錄潘牧者口語)
禱告 (祈禱) 是基督耶穌門徒的生活，聖經說；”我們活著就是基督”，正是這個意思。心靈誠實地向神禱告，不論何事，門徒藉著聖靈的引領，行在神的旨意中，便能得勝。基督徒要走的人生路，是天路，是窄路，若沒有聖靈帶領，或不等候 神的啟示而靠自己去行，很不容易，且走上異路，便要自負結果。
有關祈禱的定義、姿態、醫治、革心、保守、崇拜等等﹐請參閱 2010 年 10 月《真理報》（網址：www.GlobalTM.org）
神是藉著耶穌基督和信徒的關係，因祂的揀選，使我們能放下自我來領受，並服從聖靈的帶領去行事為人，完完全全地將事情交給神，信靠、信服神照管的主權。這非我們基督徒容易勝過的爭戰﹐這超凡 (supernatural) 的能力是 “神的神能已將一切關乎生命和虔敬的事賜給我們…..” (彼得後書1：3a) 。
耶穌被釘十字架前，祂和門徒來到一個名叫客西馬尼 (Gethsemane) 的地方。耶穌 “……憂愁起來，極其難過……”(馬太福音26：37b);” 祂俯伏在地，禱告說：’我父啊！若可行，求你叫這杯離開我；然而，不要照我的意思，只要照你的意思'”(馬太福音26：39)。祂給我們祈禱的模範。
基督徒靠著神的力量而能承擔從神而來的異象 (哥林多後書3：5)。聖經啟示：每一個基督徒在主耶穌裏都是神的兒女，都是平等，都要向我們的天父活出基督徒的本份。我們都是基督的身體，被呼召成為教會。我們會甘心樂意地活出神要我們活出的 “活祭”，各盡其份；就是照著我們各人所得的恩賜能力來盡心、盡性、盡意、盡力地愛神，並愛人如己。
上文引言說及本宣家弟兄姊妹勇於承擔從 神而來的福音異象，乃是美好的見證。說到這裏，再想想，我們信耶穌是救主，以基督的心為心，恆切祈禱，領受啟迪和承擔異象，就是我們美好的見證，平安，喜樂的生命 (being)。
Seek, Submit and Support
Translated to English by: Francis Loo
The first Sunday worship in the beginning of 2019 in our church was a reflection and thanks-giving service. At the start of last year, our church set objectives for the whole year for missionary work and admonishment of brothers and sisters. They were Seek, Submit, and Support. This was not high-sounding slogans but with all the pastors’ joint-efforts in leading all brothers and sisters in unity and in heart to having had visions from God. Step by step, persevering in prayers, and admonishment, we had received the revelation of the Holy Spirit, plus the strenuous support of brothers and sisters. . . .
On September 9, 2018 the worship service in Mandarin commenced in Mountain View Alliance Church in Langley. The congregation has a steady presence of 45 to 50 members. In the Mandarin-speaking community in Langley, there is a need of missionary work. The Holy Spirit has given our church the vision no doubt. (Abridged from Pastor Poon).
The next vision revealed was the passing of the resolution in the Annual General Meeting of last year that the Annex be rebuilt. Brothers and sister in good faith supported the project and by the year end committed offerings amounting to $1.3 M+ exceeding target by $80,000.00. The grace of God exceeds what we wished and prayed for. (Abridged from Pastor Poon)
In short, Seek, Submit and Support are not meant for short term objectives, but they ought to be the objectives of life of disciples of Jesus Christ.
Prayer is life of Jesus Christ’s disciples. The Bible says: “We live as Christ”. That is it. Whatsoever we pray in spirit and honest hearts to God, Holy Spirit will give us (disciples) guidance to walk in the will of God and be victorious in life. The way of life for a Christian is the pilgrimage, which is a narrow way. If without Spiritual guidance, or to pursue it without waiting for guidance from God’s revelation will be so difficult. We will have gone astray with self-induced consequences.
A few friends of mine, who have not yet believed in Jesus Christ, scoffed saying that God wouldn’t hear prayers and never answer intercessions. I feel no need to debate on this, because the non-believers or not yet believers have no indwelling Holy Spirit in them. They don’t understand Spiritual things—more so not knowing God.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).
About prayers, “definition, attitude, healing, transformation, protection, worship, etc.,” please refer to the October, 2010 Issue of Truth Monthly at http://www.Global.org
Pray to God is to submit to God totally in trust, and obedience, to the sovereign God’s providence via Jesus Christ by the believers; because of His choice that we can put ourselves down to submit, and be obedient to the lead of the Holy Spirit to do things. This is the battle not easy for us Christians to win. This is supernatural power. “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness. . . . . .”(2 Peter 1:3a).
Before his crucifixion, Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane. Jesus “. . . began to be sorrowful and troubled” (Mathew 26:37b) “. . . [He] fell with the face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.'” (Mathew 26:39). He has given us a paragon of prayers.
The Christians’ confidence to support God’s revelation comes from God. (2 Corinthians 3:5) The Bible reveals that all Christians in Jesus Christ are children of God. They are equal and have to live in the presence of our God like Christians. Also we are the body of Christ called out to be the church. We’re willing wholeheartedly to live as God wishes us to live as “living sacrifice” to our utmost. That is according to our gifted ability to love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength. And love peoples as yourselves.
To sum up, brothers and sisters of our church described in the above-mentioned Preamble bravely supported the vision of ministry from God is a very good testimony. At this point, think again. We believe that Jesus is our Savior, having His heart as ours, persevering in prayers, submitting to enlightenment and visions, all these are our best testimonies, peace, and jubilant life (being).
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