Acts of the Apostles 18:23-28
Paul came down to Antioch, where he spent a short time before continuing his journey through the Galatian country and then through Phrygia, encouraging all the followers.
An Alexandrian Jew named Apollos now arrived in Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, with a sound knowledge of the scriptures, and yet, though he had been given instruction in the Way of the Lord and preached with great spiritual earnestness and was accurate in all the details he taught about Jesus, he had only experienced the baptism of John. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him speak boldly in the synagogue, they took an interest in him and gave him further instruction about the Way.
When Apollos thought of crossing over to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote asking the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived there he was able by God’s grace to help the believers considerably by the energetic way he refuted the Jews in public and demonstrated from the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
anything you ask for from the Father he will grant in my name.
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.
Ask and you will receive, and so your joy will be complete.
I have been telling you all this in metaphors,
the hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in metaphors;
but tell you about the Father in plain words.
When that day comes you will ask in my name;
and I do not say that I shall pray to the Father for you,
because the Father himself loves you for loving me
and believing that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world
and now I leave the world to go to the Father.’
The Father loves you for loving me and believing
I struggle with love and rejection. Yet it is God’s grace, faith and wisdom that sustain me daily. Recently the rejections come in the form of job applications. It is like a slap on my face that questions my ability and credentials. However I must admit I have not found a job that I really wanted. Maybe I am praying for a job that allows me to contribute my experience and still have time to serve the Lord. I am also exploring the option of being self-employed. With the latter option, I have to face the nagging of my mother, who has not given me the opportunity to venture this path. Usually she will harp of the negativity that really makes me really unhappy. The anxiety and stress that she places upon me is tremendous.
As a result, I turn to my friends for solace. I realised that I could be downloading my issues to them and intruding into their space. I am having a struggle with my friend whose friendship I treasure. But we have come to a stage where there is tension in the friendship. I pray to God for the above 2 issues and ask in His name whatever the outcome let it be for His glory. I can only change myself – to be more compassionate, loving and to be a better listener.
In the Gospel, Jesus invites us to ask anything in his name for our prayers to be answered. And as we ask, we will receive and our joy will be complete. As beloved children, our Father love us from the heart and unconditionally.
How many of us truly come before God and open our hearts to receive him? Do you believe that in his time He will answer our prayers? With God all things are possible – Mathew 19:20
(Today’s OXYGEN by Patricia Ang)
Prayer: Lord we pray for your grace to discern your plans. Show us how to stay focus on you and how to place you the centre of our lives
Thanksgiving: We thank you Lord for sustaining us each day. For our family and friends who have been our pillar of support.
Sun, 05 Jun – Acts of the Apostles 1:12-14; 1 Peter 4:13-16; John 17:1-11; Seventh Sunday of Easter; World Communication Sunday