On May 9th Malaysia saw a new government ushered in. Some called it a “New Malaysia”. Malaysian churches prayed for it. God’s grace and mercy gave the nation a fresh wind. Personally, I believe we are entering a second wind. It is in the air. It is up to us to rise up to move in this second wind. Don’t miss the opportunity, before another storm takes over. This second wind I am thinking of includes these components:
- New governance in the nation that is responsible and righteous in God’s sight, and evil abated
- New opportunities for blessings and businesses to ride on the new political climate
- New responsibilities as missional churches by Asians for Asia; a growing vision among Asian Leaders in recent years. We increase momentum in what we have already started.
Vital for the second wind is a CULTURE of PRAYER. Intensified prayer makes the above realities.
First Call to Prayer: pray for the Nation
It is easy for people to stop praying after GE14. That would be a huge mistake. A pastor friend of mine says ‘Don’t stop now!’We cannot presume that old agendas that had stifled the nation had ebbed away. If the new government is halted after its first term, without the time to correct past ills, the jubilation of newness would be short-lived. If churches intensify prayer, the Lord will finish what He’d started. Pray for the nation whenever you meet, in Life/cell groups or in church meetings.
Second Call to Prayer: pray for leaders
I made this call recently. The call is to pray for lead pastors, pastors and leaders of our churches. I had explained to the Pastors and in one prayer group on ‘why’. Please implement this in your churches.
Third Call to Prayer: pray for heads of families at home and in the marketplace
Here, I make this third call. Please gather as hubs of people to pray for heads of families, business people, and corporate figures who are influential in their respective arenas. As they are covered in prayer, protected from the evil one, they may continue to be a blessing to their families, their church and the society. It is intentional prayer with others for such covering and fruitfulness that lifts us to a higher vision than just the home being blessed and have a happy family. I do wish for happy families. But I wish our New Life Churches to have MISSIONAL FAMILIES: families that are blessed and are able to be in God’s missions in Asia and the nations – our own mission fields, or pioneer others.
Asia Missions by Asians
Asians have characteristics that God can use. Asians excel in hospitality and generosity. Because you sow, you will reap. Malaysians are obedient, communal in culture, and are in God’s end-time harvest of souls in Asia. Malaysians have a definite place in God’s plan for Asia. I am catching this wind. I want to lead all of New Life Restoration Churches in this second wind of God’s revival move in Asia. I hope you will believe this with me and upgrade your spiritual development to a higher and wider vision. Discipleship for God’s higher purpose is needed in your private life.
God bless you all,
Pr. Jeremiah Yap