I am deeply grateful to be invited again by Ethel Whitson, Chair of Spiritual Life Committee at Royal Oaks and Bradbury Oaks, to attend the Annual National Day of Prayer on May 2.
Great singing provided by Stuart Henderson with Eleanor Robinson at the piano. Several offered prayers for the nation; for the Administration/staff; for the military and for those in health care.
I brought greetings on behalf of three groups: The Students at our Bethel Bible Institute in Thailand; The Seniors at the Home in Shanghai; and the children at the Orphanage in Macau.
Many dear friends at Royal Oaks Manor have been praying for our global ministry for many years and I have seen their prayers had led to many miracles, especially in China.
Our own ECF Chair, Dr. Harold Lane, who also serves as the Chaplain at Royal Oaks, gave a moving message on Prayer is the Supply Line.
He also led the large congregation in reciting the 2013 Prayer for our Nation written by Pastor Greg Laurie, Honorary Chairman of this year's National Day of Prayer.
It was truly a heart warming experience because we were all touched by the Holy Spirit as we committed to seek God's will and power with this group of prayer warriors.
When we gathered for a simple lunch and learning about the wild fire burning near Camarillo all the way to Pacific Coast Highway, the words of Dr. J. Edwin Orr's hymn came to mind:
I praise Thee, Lord,
for cleansing me from sin;
Fulfill Thy Word and make me pure within.
Fill me with fire,
where once I burned with shame;
Grant my desire to magnify Thy name.
Also, my friend, Rev. Thomas Wang, after the March 26 parade in Washington D.C. with over 10,000 Christians on the all-important issue of the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and DOMA,
has issued a call to all co-labors of churches, organizations and seminaries with these words:
"Realizing the seriousness of the matter,
many of us are calling for every church,
mission organization and seminary
in America to fervently pray in April and
May for God's mercy and guidance to
the Supreme Court's decision in June."
I truly believe God's great Promise to His people recorded in II Chronicles 7:14:
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray,
and seek my face,
and turn from their wicked ways,
then, will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sins,
and will heal their land."
Let's join our hearts in prayer and expect God's blessings.
Dr. Szeto at Royal Oaks
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