Answered Prayers via Coincidences
A blend of vivid imagination and intense prayers can actually lead to divine guidance or in laymen’s term coincidences that eventually became answers to our prayer request.
Have you taken a second look or thoroughly consider those past unpaid bills then all of a sudden a call from a distant relatives or a friend visiting you had the exact amount you needed to settle that due? Or while working on a project that you can’t seem to finished for lack of references suddenly you heard someone mentioning the topic and therefore approach that stranger; and after a short conversation she or he happen to be expert on the area you are struggling to finished. One night a television show that you rarely watch featured gardening tips, and then you recall early that same day you mentioned to your spouse that you plan to renovate the garden…
All the above incidences have one thing in common…and that is “coincidence”. Playwright often employs this tactic when they want to present twist on the story and therefore became central directions of the remaining story. They wrote total stranger’s accidental meeting in a park; the hero discovering a document that leads to his quest….
Strange as it may appear and often left us marveling on how the heavens seem to be working for our intentions. Coincidences play a vital role in fulfilling our dreams and therefore we should take special attentions when they happen…or at least we recognizes if it is happening.
Awareness from the Source
In my Christian life I have learned the value of Quiet Time the hard way. Sometimes we need a real slap in the face before we realized valuable lesson. Therefore I am blogging this note for anyone who might want to consider what I am about to share…to avoid falling down on the same pit I have been. Most especially to backslider who are at lost right now. (Please read Connecting to Divine Source)
When we enter a relationship to anyone it is very crucial to take note about regular communications. My former boss who is often very critical and want all her instructions followed to the tiniest detail would often coax me “You’re very lucky Fher I’m still nagging you when you fail to do task, because once I stopped talking to you better start writing your resignation…”
I put that lesson to heart even in various areas of my association with people. As a matter of fact, God is longing for our attention too…Communication is so important to our Christian life that is why we call our church services Fellowship. But there is a more important communion with God that we should and let me stress NEVER ever forget, our personal devotion with God.
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.-- Joshua 1:8
Always set aside a regular session alone with God. Yes! This is between you and God alone…not with your wife or husband, not with your fellow believers, but it’s all about your intimacy with God.
The characteristics of an intimate relationship include an enduring behavioral interdependence, repeated interactions, emotional attachment and need fulfillment. Intimate relationships include friendships, dating relationships, spiritual relationships, and marital relationships and there are individual differences in both the quality and quantity of these relationships. (source: wikipedia.org)
There are varied styles or ways to communicate with God. Some prefer a park with lots of trees others may want the comfort of their own bedroom, the important thing is you wont get distracted. Our Pastor suggest we don’t do our quiet time lying down or as much as possible he suggest, that we sit on a comfortable chair with your Bible…because we might fall asleep and fail to listen to the part where God gave us His answer.
Our devotion time should be on a regular basis. Yet, we can also make a snap quiet time especially if it situations calls for it…like if we need to make a tough decision…(Although I personally believe if you are constantly communicating with God you already have form a heart similar to our Lord, and therefore able to decide right away)
Quiet Time depends on our current situations. Although there are no specifics told from the scriptures how to meditate on God’s word…I have a couple of suggestions that you might like to adopt…
Like King David he likes to sing to our Lord. I also do that to set the mood…either I would read (sing) Psalms or utter my own worship songs. I would begin sometimes with humming…then singing….
We may open our Bible randomly…or make an advance reading list on your diary or from previously preached topic to instill the lesson on your mind. Ask the why, what, when, where, or who question if you like. Meditate means slowly taking in or cherishing the essences of the verses from the scriptures. The important thing is that you clear your thoughts from any other trivial matter. Focus on the Word. It is also very vital to recognized that Jesus is the Word made flesh. John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word... And the Word was with God… and the Word was God.”
I also have a notebook nearby for any revelation that may appear. Don’t you worry if you are not getting any answer or if God seems to be silent too. As long as you sincerely “seek” His kingdom…He is faithful to give what we needed most…and more than that too even the desires of our heart.
(Seek and you shall find…)
Once you neglect quiet times for relatively a long period…you will lost your connections….but it does not mean that divine guidance will discontinue its natural course.
Here are some pointers to remember to bring into us more awareness.
1. “You can not give what you do not have” is nearly comparable to the principle “you can not receive if you never asked”.
2. Also called Reflections, we must create the habit of self-evaluations on regular basis. Write a journal…and remember to be honest with your feelings. If you want to criticize someone, you can do that on your journal…at least you are being honest on your feelings.
3. Where our attention goes…energy follows. Intentions are very potent tools in attracting situations that will lead us to our prayer requests.
Recognition…when we rely to God as source of everything we need and will ever be needing…we acknowledge our reliance on His power and authority.
"If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you can ask for anything you want, and you will receive it." -- John 15:7