(From the sermon entitled, “Ang mga bagay na dapat ayusin ng bawat kapatid ayon sa Biblia” for September 11, 2014)
As faithful, there are certain things that should be done orderly. God is not a God of confusion but of peace, therefore, everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way (1 Corinthians 14: 33, 40).
Especially when it comes to serving the Lord, we need to do things accordingly. When we serve God, we do not do it to ourselves but we offer it to our almighty God.
One of the things that should be done in order is our prayers (Psalms 5:3). Prayers are our way of communicating to God. We say our heart’s requests through prayers. Through prayers, we ask for our daily needs, we offer our praises and thanksgiving, we entrust everything about our hope and faith through God’s mercy.
However, prayers should be done according to the will of God.
Jesus Christ left us an example of what we should pray and how we should pray. It can be found in chapter 6 of the book of Matthew.
Prayers are usually done without preparations. Usually, it is done out of order. This topic aims to teach and remind us about the sanctity of prayers. The Bible advises, “Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.” (Ecclesiastes 5:2)
We should therefore examine how we say our prayers. We should select the appropriate words for every situation.
Also, the Bible encourages us to use simple words that are easy to understand. Apostle Paul explains that if we say our prayers and people do not understand us, then it is like we are saying things into the air. Members of the church cannot confirm anything about our prayers and thanksgiving if they do not understand what we are saying (1 Corinthians 14:9, 15-16)
Additionally, Christ tells us not to use vain repetitions in prayers (Matthew 6:7-8). It doesn’t mean that we are not allowed to repeat our prayers. Only vain repetitions are not allowed.
Besides prayers, what else do we need to put in order?
The Bible advises us to manage our family well. Each of us is a member of a family and it is our duty to know our responsibilities and how we can do things in order. If we are a parent (a father or a mother), our duty is to manage the family according to the will of the Lord. As parents, one of our duties is to make sure that discipline is always implemented and learned by our children. The Bible says we should teach our young children the ways of the Lord, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
If we are children, our duty to our parents is to show love, respect and obedience. This is a commandment with a promise. The Bible says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:1-3)
If we can do all these things, the Bible assures us that we can live at peace within ourselves. If we can assure ourselves that we are doing things according to the order and will of God, then it will guarantee us the desired peace within ourselves. All we need to do is to completely trust the Lord in all things.
God has promised that He will never abandon us in any way, that He will never forsake us in any given time of our lives. And if we continue to walk with Him, we shall never doubt. We can be assured that we will never walk alone.