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"Christ  Awaits Listening Lovingly! (C.A.L.L)"

Ramesh C. Reddy

"Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance." (Philippians 1:19, NIV)

Approach Question:
When your loved ones need deliverance, what is the first specific thing you do?

I asked myself, what 3 things do I learn about Paul?
1. I will continue to rejoice.
I know through your prayers what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.
I know through the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.

I decided to focus on points 2& 3 today:

I asked myself what is the significance of Paul writing, "I know through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance!" (Philippians 1:19, NIV)

Paul is expecting his brothers and sisters to pray for him. He does not deal with his afflictions alone, thinking he will just pray for himself, but realizes the importance of intercessory prayer from the Philippians for his deliverance. Yet, Paul also knows it cannot be any kind of prayer to anyone.  Paul understands prayer alone cannot bring deliverance in people's lives if the prayer is directed in the wrong direction. People could believe in idols and pray to them without praying to the Lord of the Bible and they could just get a wrong number without getting the answer from the Lord, our God. It is interesting that Paul's letter has a conjunction: 'for I know through your prayers AND the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance'. Paul wanted the Philippians to focus on intercessory prayer through the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Wow! Amazing!

I asked myself what are the implications for my own life?
Intercessory prayer should become a priority in my life. When I pray for myself or others, I need to remember that it is the Spirit of Jesus Christ that brings deliverance through praying to Jesus. I cannot expect to pray to anyone who has no power and expect results. Paul wanted the Philippians to be focused on Jesus Christ through His Spirit. I need to do the same expecting deliverance in the Name of Jesus for myself and for others as I only call the Name of Jesus and no one else. Of course, Jesus is God so I can pray to God, the Father who is also referred to as Jehovah and receive an answer as I pray in the Name of Jesus. Paul may have remembered what promises Jesus gave in John 14, John 15, and John 16.

I have a wonderful senior pastor in
Pastor Hugo of the church Oakland International Fellowship and an awesome small group leader in Calvin Chiang. He and the congregation had been calling on the Name of the Lord for my dear wife Chandra to join me in the U.S.A. so we could be together. I praise the Lord through the prayers offered to Christ, the answer came in His perfect timing when my wife arrived with me on New Years Eve to spend her life with me in the states.  It is all the Lord's doing through the intercessory prayers of my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Right now my sweet wife is under the weather so please call upon the Name of the Lord for her healing!

I love how Jason & Andrea Huang, staff workers with Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Thomas Grosh IV of IVCF, Brother Paul Bucknell of Biblical Foundations for Freedom, Faith Sadar and Jason & Maria Weimer of Campus Crusade for Christ, etc send prayer letters asking for the intercessory prayers of brothers and sisters for the work of the Lord. They realize the importance of prayers for their own deliverance in different situations.

I am glad the Apostle Paul did not forget the way Jesus delivered him time after time so now he still expects deliverance from the Spirit of Jesus Christ as the Philippians intercede for him. I want to intercede on behalf of my brothers and sisters too even as I know they intercede for me. I wait on the Lord and so can you trusting in the Lord as you call on Him.

I ask you now dear friend, who do you often C.A.L.L in life?
Dear friend, you may spend most of your time calling your boy/girl friend, friends, parents, husband/wife, etc. In the process, you may overlook the most important One to call often. It is good to call others we love but what about the One who loves you so much that He went to the cross as nails of three pierced His broken body so you can be set free. Jesus is His Name and He came to deliver you and me from the flame. Now, He wants to give us a new Aim.

Is that not exciting?

It is exciting for me! Jesus waits for your call often, for He loves you and wants to help you just as He helps so many others.

Jesus wants to be your Immovable Rock, your Strength and Skill in battle, your Fortress, your Shield, etc so come as you are and receive your help from the Lord.

Why don't you talk to Him?
It is not hard; just speak to Him as a friend. For He will be the best friend you can ever have.

Are you in pain?
Is your heart growing faint? 
Is trouble all around you?
Are you confused about your life?

The Lord wants to be your refuge and tower.

Why don't you give Him a call now?

Call Him where you are right now. Don't wait for some other time. Yes, friend now is the time to call. Jesus waits to hear from you. Oh yes, even as I write this, He waits to hear from you. He waits to hear from us all. There is no hassle with phone cards, telephone bills, quarters, etc. You can make a direct call to Heaven and it will reach our Savior. You have a direct line to God and you can access that line 24 hrs a day, seven days a week.

The number you have to dial is JESUS. You can talk to the Lord as long as you want. Speak to the Lord about all of your concerns. Lay them before our Father in Heaven who waits in anticipation that we do talk to Him about requests or life in general. He created you and everything around you. He loves you so much. Later on, Paul gives the same Philippians a promise to claim which is for you too to claim:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV)

"And how happy I was with what he created---his wide world and all his family of mankind!" (Proverbs 8:31)

"Christ Awaits Listening Lovingly! (C.A.L.L)"/"Who do you C.A.L.L often in life?"
To get you started, make this your prayer:
"Hear my cry, Oh God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings." (Psalm 61:1-4)

Dear Jesus, I want to thank you so much that we can talk to you anytime and any place. You are always there for us. It means a lot to me Jesus that you don't hang up on us or say that you are too busy. But, you actually actively listen to whatever we tell you. Even if we keep talking, you listen. Oh Lord, you listened to the Psalmist in Psalm 119 and that is a pretty long prayer. Thank you whether our talking to you is considered short or long, you are there. You know the things we are going through Lord and we ask you for your deliverance. I pray for the one right now Lord who is so confused about how things are going. You know Lord the situation that person is faced with. You know the wishes they make. You know the pain they are in. Come Lord Jesus and please bring your deliverance and healing in that person's life. Hear us Oh Lord and please answer us for the glory and honor of your Name. Thank you for being our refuge and a strong tower against the foe. I love you Jesus. Thank you for answering our prayers and deliverance only comes from you. Help me to show my love to you the way I live my life. I thank you Savior. Thank you for dying for my sins and coming back to life to save me. I give myself to you and ask you to use me and lead me for your glory. Whatever your will is Oh Lord give us the willingness and strength to bear it. Thank you so much Jesus. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen! Thank you hearing my prayer and answering me being my Lord and Personal Savior! Amen!

May the Lord Jesus guide you in His love leading you! Amen!

No matter what you feel in your heart, know that Jesus has come in and resides with you! You are not alone! To make your walk strong with the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him as you would to a friend. You donít need special words to talk to the Lord. Spend time in His Word reading Psalms and turniLOVINGg them into prayer. Next allow God to heal you and speak to you through the Gospel of John or Gospel of Mark before moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord show you to which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be part of a body of believers to help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible believing church that preaches the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our crucified and risen Lord who brings us hope, healing, and help by His grace alone!

Feel free to email me at if you want to meet to study the Bible, pray with, talk about Spiritual issues or whatever is on your mind! My number is 412-641-9426

"This is my work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)

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Philippians 1:7: "Why cannot you be saved by G.R.A.C.E. alone?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 16, 12, 9:55 a.m.)

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Philippians 1:3: "How will others R.E.A.C.T towards God when they remember you?" (May 11, 12, 09:53 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy

Philippians 1:1-2: "When do you B.L.E.S.S others in life?" (May 09, 12, 7:30 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy

Philippians 1:1: "Why bother to let others T.R.A.I.N you when you are already a leader?" (May 10, 12, 9:01 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy

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