Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Miracle of Dunkirk: 70 years on

The movie Dunkirk is being played in cinemas the world over now. Saw the trailer earlier, but must admit that I wasn't entirely stirred to catch it, in part because I was afraid of the gore of what is a war movie. Also, this sliver of history is admittedly foreign to this Asian.

But today, I felt the Lord stir my heart to look into Dunkirk - not the movie, but what it was all about, and his intervention in the situation. That was how I stumbled upon this article "The Miracle of Dunkirk: 70 years on" by the Rev David Gartner. Reading it brought tears to my eyes.

It was May 1940. Thousands of British troops were about to be entrapped by German forces, and the only way to escape certain death was an evacuation via the port of Dunkirk in France. But the possibilities that such a rescue effort would be successful were slim.

What transpired next was unexpected: the miraculous happened, primarily relating to the weather, so that the German air force was grounded and could not attack. At the same time, there was an unnatural calm about the English channel, such that not only large British sea vessels but small ones could sail across and back to bring the boys home.

Even though some squadrons did get through, there seemed to be some kind of "strange immunity" for the British soldiers.

According to the article: "When about 400 men were being machine-gunned and bombed, systematically, by about sixty enemy aircraft, one man who flung himself down with the rest reported that, after the strafing was over, he was amazed to find that there was not a single casualty. Another man, a chaplain, was likewise machine-gunned and bombed as he lay on the beach. After what seemed an eternity, he realised he had not been hit, and rose to his feet to find that the sand all around where he had been lying was pitted with bullet holes, and that his figure was outlined on the ground."

Why did God intervene to save these people?

This is the part that brought tears to my eyes.

"Britain had a godly Sovereign…His Majesty King George VI requested that Sunday, 26 May should be observed as a National Day of Prayer. In a stirring broadcast, he called the people of Britain and of the Empire to commit their cause to God."

King George VI had said, over national radio: 'In this fateful hour, we turn, as our fathers before us have turned, in all times of trial, to God Most High. Here in the old country, I have asked that Sunday be observed as a day of national prayer…Let us with one heart and soul, humbly but confidently commit our cause to God, and ask his aid…"

Together with members of the Cabinet, the King attended Westminster Abbey, whilst millions of his subjects in all parts of the Commonwealth and Empire flocked to the churches to join in prayer. Britain was given inspiring leadership in those days, and her people responded immediately when this kind of initiative was taken. The whole nation was at prayer on that Sunday.

The scene outside Westminster Abbey was remarkable -- photographs show long queues of people who could not even get in, and Abbey was so crowded! So much so, that the following morning the Daily Sketch exclaimed, "Nothing like it has ever happened before.'

In its hour of deep distress, a heart-cry from both monarch and people alike was going up to God in prayer. And that cry did not go unanswered."

Reading all this, I was reminded by what the prophet Joel said to do in the hour of crisis.

Consecrate a fast;
Call a solemn assembly.
Gather the elders
And all the inhabitants of the land
To the house of the Lord your God
And cry out to the Lord. (Joel 1:14)

The Lord is the same today as he was in Britain's hour of need in 1940. In the hour of crisis, he will hear our cry if we will call out to him. Only let us pray that our leaders, too, will turn their faces to the Lord in that hour, that the people of the land will be galvanised to seek the Lord as one. Then we will see him act on our behalf, and it will be a day of salvation.

Praises (Be Lifted Up)

Just heard this song sung in church today.  It is a very anointed one !!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Zechariah 10:1

An excellent sermon from Ps Nicky Raiborde at Cornerstone Community Church recently on Zechariah 10:1 "Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain." Feel that it is such a powerful prophetic word for the time we are living in right now.

Take Up Thy Swords: A Challenge to Memorize Chapters

This article from gripped my heart. It is by Greg Morse. As someone who feels to pray, I sometimes shy away from the very thing I know God has laid upon my heart, because I lack words. And the great conviction of my heart of late is that this is why intercessors need to be steeped in the word of God: it gives us understanding into the heart of God; it reminds us of His promises to pray back to Him, it gives us language that is of God Himself. This is why I'm also a big believer of scripture memorization; but so far, have used the app ScriptureTyper primarily for memorizing verses. Greg likens this to having a dagger, a word that is useful for hand-to-hand combat when the situation arises. But for battles, swords are needed; and these are whole chapters of the Bible. Spears are whole books of the Bible.

He writes:
"One of my favorite spiritual questions to ask over the past two years has been: If you could memorize five chapters of the Bible, which five would you choose and why? You can learn a lot about someone and spur great conversations through this question. After the excitement rises with the prospect of memorizing five, I simply ask, why don’t you do it? Some roll their eyes, but some have embarked on the quest. 
Now I extend the challenge to you. If you have never memorized a chapter, the challenge is to start with one. If you have a habit of memorizing, pick three and write them on your heart. The challenge: over a lifetime, write and sustain five different chapters (or longer sections of Scripture) on your heart."
Read his excellent article here.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

All the earth will sing your praises (Paul Baloche)

"For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts." (Malachi 1:11)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

For the One (Jenn Johnson)

Let me be filled
With kindness, and compassion for the One
The One for whom You loved, and gave your Son
For humanity; increase my love

Help me to love with open arms, like You do
A love that erases all the lines, and sees the truth
Oh that when they look in my eyes, they would see you
Even in just a smile; they would feel the Father's love.

Oh how he loves us
From the homeless, to the famous, and in between
You formed us; you made us carefully
Cause in the end; we're all your children

Let all my life, tell of who you are
And the wonder of, your never-ending love
Let all my life, tell of who you are
You're wonderful, and such a good Father

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Dutch Sheets on how to pray for North Korea

Great video by Dutch Sheets on how to pray for North Korea in this time.