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From Rev Enosa Auva'a's Desk 29th Spetember 2022

Pastoral Message

Welcome, haere mai, talofa lava, kia orana, fakaalofa lahi atu, anyoung haseyo and greetings church family,.

Greetings church family!

It has been a difficult time in our church family because of the funerals that have taken place over the last few weeks, and our prayers and thoughts go out to all of the families. As Christians isn’t wonderful to know the truth of the verse from John 11:25:

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;”

One of the things I am also assured of, is the blessing and comfort of being able to pray during such times. If there is a habit in the Christian life I desire more of, it is being prayerful.

Our Lord Jesus is the model of being a prayer warrior. Being prayerful was a daily intentional rhythm of His life. He prayed for life’s needs, and for strength and power to get on with his calling on earth. He prayed for the sick to be restored to full health, for miracles and with those suffocated by evil spirits. He prayed for the forgiveness of those who harmed him, and for the non-believers to receive the kingdom of God, and He prayed for his disciple’s protection.

He prayed in different places such as the wilderness, on the mountain, in secluded places, and in the evening and morning. Prayer for our Lord Jesus was the power base for His ministry on earth. Prayer for our Lord Jesus, was the model of a closer communion and fellowship with His Father.

In Mathew 26:39 at Gethsemane when he knew his time was nearly up, we hear the heartbeat of Jesus, his humanness exposed:

“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not as I will, but as you will.”

and 3 heart wrenching prayers on the cross

"Father forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34)

"My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matt 27:46, Mark 15:34),

"Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit" (Luke 23:46)

Jesus understands us in our times of need, he has experienced the utmost loss.

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them about prayer in Luke 11:1-4. He responded by providing a model guideline for Prayer, which is such a comfort in our journey of faith.

Folks take your prayers to God, press in to him, as you grow in prayer you will grow in intimacy with the Lord and be reassured that through it all, he is the HOPE and strength you need daily. Please pray for each other in our congregation, continue to pray for your unbelieving families and friends.

I hope this prayer will inspire you with your prayer life from Luke 1:46-56 46And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”

Author: Rev Enosa Auva'a
Date Published: November 2022