And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
●Empowering Bumiputra Churches, Especially Those in East Malaysia
a. Pray for the increasing availability of both the Bible and discipleship materials in Bahasa Malaysia.
b. Pray for a growing and effective partnership in ministry and mission between the churches in West Malaysia and in East Malaysia.
c. Pray for the increasing emergence of strong churches among Bumiputra communities in our land, and the rising up of bold and God-fearing leaders among them.
●Word of Exhortation For Today.
A Secret Faith Is a Shallow Faith
“Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man answered, ‘Teacher, I want to see’ ”
Go public with your goals in life! Announce your intention, the change you want to make in your life, what you’re asking God to do. Clarify what you really want, and then state it publicly. You need to tell everybody, because a secret faith is a shallow faith.
Mark 10:51 says, “Jesus asked him [Bartimaeus], ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man answered, ‘Teacher, I want to see’ ” (NCV).
Question: Why in the world did Jesus ask this? He walks over to a blind beggar who’s sitting on the ground by the road and asks, “What would you like me to do for you?” Didn’t he already know what the guy needed? Couldn’t Jesus read his mind? Didn’t he know what the guy’s problem was? Absolutely. So why in the world would Jesus look at him and ask, “What do you want me to do for you?”
He was doing it for Bartimaeus’ benefit. By asking that question, he allowed Bartimaeus to publicly announce his faith.
Lord Help Me To Declare My Faith.
II Corinthians 4:13
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,