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April-May 2002

Depend Everyday, Praying Effectively Now Daily, Expecting Nurturing Christ's Encouragement! (D.E.P.E.N.D.E.N.C.E)


Students vote for SGB candidates on April 11

Pittsburgh Standard presents you Student Government Board candidates' speeches from 'Meet the Candidates'

Pitt students participate in cosmic bowling

Pitt students sell their tickets and get left  behind


Editorial 1: Racial, gender, and special interest groups aim for your vote

Editorial 2:     SGB candidates who do get our support

Top 11 ways students respond to 'SGB' is.....

Letters to the editor:

Cherishing the sanctity of life should always be a beautiful choice for women!

No debate occurs regarding the sin of homosexuality according to the Bible!

Pittsburgh Standard needs to show a little bit more wisdom!                   

Pittsburgh comes alive in the summer time

Pitt senior reflects on his four years of college


Panthers enjoy victories in Pittsburgh before losing in Kentucky at the Sweet 16

Next season for the Panthers looks promising

Prospective teams aiming for the title in 2003

Hoosiers fire the Blue Devils from Sweet 16

Pitt students have a blast at Rupp Arena



Ramesh C. Reddy

Managing Editor

Hi everyone :)

May God's wonderful grace shine upon your lives now and forever! Amen!

Devotional Times (Psalm 16, Proverbs 16, and Nehemiah 1)

" Then I said, "O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, laws, and regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses. "Please remember what you told your servant Moses: `If you sin, I will scatter you among the nations. But if you return to me and obey my commands, even if you are exiled to the ends of the earth, I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.' "We are your servants, the people you rescued by your great power and might. O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success now as I go to ask the king for a great favor. Put it into his heart to be kind to me. "In those days I was the king's cup-bearer. " (Nehemiah 1:5-11)

This passage has shown me 5 types of prayer.

1. Prayer of Praise (Nehemiah 1:5)

2. Prayer of Intercession (Nehemiah 1:6a)

3. Prayer of Confession: Corporate & Individual (Nehemiah 1:6b-7)

4. Prayer of Promise (Nehemiah 1:8-9)

5. Prayer of Dependence (Nehemiah 1:10-11)

Today, I focused on Nehemiah's 'Prayer of Dependence' specifically. As I looked at all the prayers, all of them are a prayer of dependence culminating in the conclusion of Nehemiah's prayer.

"We are your servants, the people you rescued by your great power and might. O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success now as I go to ask the king for a great favor. Put it into his heart to be kind to me." (Nehemiah 1:5-11a)

Nehemiah acknowledged a lot of things showing His dependence on the Lord:

1. Nehemiah acknowledged that they were the Lord's servants.

2. Nehemiah acknowledged that they were the people rescued by God's great power and might.

3. Nehemiah acknowledged that success comes if the Lord hears them and listens to them.

He realizes that it is hard to get prayers answered if he lives life his own way independently of the Lord. This is evidenced by him telling the Lord that there still are those who delight in honoring the Lord. He needs success in going and asking the king for a great favor. He realizes without the Lord's help the great favor will not be given. This was evidenced to me by his request to the Lord to 'put into the king's heart to be kind to him.'

I saw important implications for my own life in Nehemiah's prayers.

We live in such an individualistic society that it can be so tempting to just depend on ourselves in the degrees we have, the money we have, the talents we have, etc. Sadly, the Lord does not come into the picture.

When we do fail and mess up, it becomes easy to dwell on that failure and not try anymore. Why? Because we feel we have given our best and there is not anything else we can do. The dependence is still on ourselves. I had to deal with that.

There have been many times that I was dependent on myself to get things done. The mentality was my way or no way. My Lord had to show me many times that I needed to trust in the Lord completely and not on myself. I needed to acknowledge him in all my ways and that He would then direct all my needs and crown my efforts with success. That is such a powerful promise from Proverbs 3:5-6.

The more I was self-sufficient, the more I found myself in trouble. I am talking about self-sufficiency without the Lord in the picture. It is self-sufficiency that led to the Fall of humanity and sin. Yet, how many times I go back to that kind of self-sufficiency. I thought I had the answers to change things but without the Lord's help, the answers will not come to fruit properly. I am reminded of God's Word that states unless the Lord builds the house, our toiling is in vain from Psalm 127.

Nehemiah knew that God alone could rescue His people once again.

Nehemiah could have gone and asked the king the great favor whatever that was going to be. Yet, he subjected himself to a prayer life of dependence on the Lord. That is so uplifting to see him turn to the Lord in his direst circumstances and not depend on his abilities alone. He asks the Lord to put it upon the king's heart to grant Nehemiah the great favor. I learned so much from the character of Nehemiah.

I ask you now dear friends where is your dependence on?

Dear friends, it can be so easy many times to just depend on ourselves to get things done. We can focus on degrees, money, talent, fame, etc to get things done. But as history shows and our current generation shows, all the degrees, money, talent, fame etc will not accomplish a lot of things without the Lord's intervention. The Lord needs to intervene as we depend on Him. At the same time, we should not stop attaining the education the Lord wants us to have. It will not make sense for us to be silent and then ask the Lord to bring changes in our lives or other people's lives. We need to depend on the Lord and do our part. If we want to be a doctor, let us depend on the Lord to help us do our best without just praying that we want to be a doctor, etc. When we depend on Him, since He knows what is best for us at all times, He could very well take us in another direction but it will be in His wonderful plan.

I am reminded of Proverbs 16:3 from my devotional times: "Commit your work to the Lord and it will succeed"! Amen!

"We make the plans but the final outcome is in the Lord's hands" (Proverbs 16:1)

"We should make the plans counting on the Lord to help and direct us" (Proverbs 16:9)

Nehemiah understood those concepts. May we understand those too. Jesus promises to intervene in our lives. Will we let Him? Or will we be bound by  the circumstances we are in and our own self-sufficiency? What choice will we make? Will we continue to be independent apart from the Lord or will we come to surrender to Him completely? The Lord desires our surrender. He will take care of the rest. That is exciting to know!

He promises us: "Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful apart from me. "Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:4-5)

That is God's promise for you and me. What is more exciting is when Nehemiah asks the Lord to put it into the king's heart to grant him the great favor. This should excite you and me when we are dependent on the Lord.

Friend what are you going through right now? Do you need to get into grad school? Do you need a job that pays your bills? Do you need financial assistance? Do you need a relationship that is broken to be mended? Do you need a family miracle? Whatever you are faced with, you can bring the situation into the Lord's Helping Hands.

He can put it into people's hearts to grant you what you need. Yes, He can!

Wait upon Him and do not give up. He is your Lord and loves you so much. He is your Inheritance, Rock, Food and Drink. He will guide you in the path that you should go. He is the One that can change hearts. Wait on Him and don't give up. Turn God's Word into a prayer as you read it and meditate on it.

"Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge. I said to the LORD, "You are my Master! All the good things I have are from you." The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them! Those who chase after other gods will be filled with sorrow. I will not take part in their sacrifices or even speak the names of their gods." (Psalm 16:1-4)

"LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance! I will bless the LORD who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is filled with joy, and my mouth shouts his praises! My body rests in safety." (Psalm 16:5-9)

"For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your godly one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever." (Psalm 16:10-11)

God's promises are for you and He can change hearts whatever you are going through. That is exciting to know.

I am so excited how my study of Nehemiah fit in so well with my reading of Psalm 16 and Proverbs 16 today.

"We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall." (Proverbs 16:33)

This just shows that the Lord is in control. When we depend on Him it will be exciting knowing we are in His care. May we also depend on Him whatever we are going through for He looks after us and gives us the strength and endurance through what we face. He can also give us our desires as He promises us.

"Delight yourself in the Lord and he shall give the desires of your heart. Commit everything you do to the Lord and trust in Him to help you do it and He will." (Psalms 37:4-5)

Yes!!!! That is awesome. Let us not give up.

Depend Everyday Praying Effectively Now Daily, Expecting Nurturing Christ's Encouragement! (D.E.P.E.N.D.E.N.C.E)/"Where Is Your Dependence On?"


Thank you so much my Jesus, my Savior for there is none like you. I could search for all eternity long and find that there is none like you. You heal the broken hearted and bind up their wounds. Thank you Jesus. That means so much to us. It means so much that we can depend on you. That you alone can change people's hearts. If we need admission to a college, need a relationship mended, etc you have the power to work in people's lives. Thank you Jesus. You are Holy, you are Mighty and you are Awesome in your power. You have risen and conquered the power of sin and death. Thank you Jesus. Thank you for rescuing Nehemiah as he was the king's cupbearer. You have protected him from death. Lord, we are sorry we have not always depended on you and taken the help you want to provide for us. You use different means to provide that help but many many times we have been so stubborn. For that we are sorry. We ask you for your help now Jesus. Help us and put it into our hearts to have a desire and passion to serve you faithfully. Thank you Jesus. Thank you when we fail you are still there to pick us up and keep us moving in your direction. That is wonderful to know Jesus. We trust in you Jesus. In Your precious Holy Name We Pray. Thank you for helping me to study through the entire 1st chapter of Nehemiah. Thank you for revealing all the nuggets of truth and application. Thank you Lord what we need you can provide and thank you for the power of prayer to you. In Your precious Holy Name We lift up this time to you! Amen!



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