Elim HQ representative P. Swan’s family attended the Friday prayer meeting in New York city. P. Swan delivered a sermon in 1 Timothy 2:5 and John 14:6. All Immanuel Church members received abundant grace and then she shared a graceful testimony of her trip to Indonesia. From 9:00 pm to 2:30 AM, Elim HQ and Elim NYC held a joint vigil prayer meeting. There were nine members staying until the very end. Members testified that it was a super graceful prayer meeting ever.
During the sermon, P. Swan mentioned two verses, one in 1 Timothy 2:5
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus. ” and the other one in John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
She encouraged all the NYC members to meditate on why do we always pray in the name of Jesus Christ at the end? If we can know the principle of prayer, then our prayer will be very powerful. Only Jesus is our mediator. Only Jesus can save us and we call in the name of Jesus and we rely on his name. This name has the power and we need to have a calling to God. For example, if you are in a danger, if you don’t call anymore for help, then nobody will rescue you. So calling the name of Jesus is very important. If we commit sins, and we will die. By keeping the laws, we cannot be justified, but only by the grace of God and by faith, we can be saved. What is the main function of the law? It’s to show how sinful we are and how miserable we are. We are not able to keep all the laws even if we try all our best. The more we keep the law, the more we are bonded by the law. To keep the law well cannot guarantee us to get the access to the heaven. We need grace and savior. If this part is missing in our prayer and faith, our faith cannot be deepened. Nobody is righteousness, all the men fall short of glory of God. We need a savior and his love. So Jesus came down to us. He is like what the song of “Light of the world” said. Why God came to this darkness and why Jesus came to this place of cross. It’s because of us he came to save us and we are the sinners and we cannot get rid of the chains. Only the righteous one can save the sinners. God has the unconditional love, through him, we can come to God and we can enter the heaven. If we don’t call him in our prayer, we cannot go to God without Jesus. When we pray, we pray with this identity which Satan always making us that we will be fine even if we don’t need Jesus. or you can meet God with your strength, you cannot go to God because you are dirty. For us, we should protect our faith well since Satan is keeping breaking down Jesus in our heart. We should always imitate our Lord that he lower himself even to the point of death. The path of faith is not building up my own righteousness. How miserable I am and how great God is.
We are all sinners and we cannot judge others. It’s like the story of two thieves, one steals $20, the other $10. If the one who stole $20 is judging and condemning the one on $10, in the eyes of God, they are all thieves. We need to know the meaning of Jesus and blood of Jesus. In our heart and action, we need to take the cross and live like that. Cross is the life and we should have the beautiful testimony everyday. The power of prayer depends on who holds unto Jesus firmly. Also hold unto the blood of Jesus Christ. We need to think how close I am to his blood and the name of Jesus.