Archive for Prayer

OMG! Who Can I Talk To – Help!!!

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , on November 22, 2015 by mavunite

When have you ever prayed a desperate prayer? When were you really in trouble?

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All around us marriages are breaking, people are having sexual struggles, we know of children or loved ones who have made or are making wrong decisions. This week I called a friend and she told me how her brother has struggles with alcohol, some of us here are jobless, others of us here have been asking God for a spouse for so long.

We have talked about the fact that many times we don’t know how to pray, hence the title Oh My God. So this month we have been reflecting on the question: Can ordinary people like you and I have meaningful conversation with God regarding our own circumstances? Continue reading

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Fervent Prayer

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , on July 22, 2012 by mavunite

We say and do a lot of things with casualness in our lives because we don’t really mean them or intend for them to mean anything. Unfortunately we imagine that the same casualness is characteristic of the realm of our conversations with God.

What kinds of prayers move God to respond? How do you need to pray for God to hear you? Let us take a look at a person whose prayers succeeded in moving God to respond.

Read James 5:13-18 (NLT)

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Landmarks

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , , , , on May 27, 2012 by mavunite

Ever found yourself in a situation where your faith was defied by your circumstances? Perhaps you were sure God wanted you to enter a certain profession but you failed your exams. Or you felt God wanted you to apply for a certain job but you were turned down. Or you felt God wanted you to quit your job and start a ministry and you were offered a pay-rise. Or you felt God wanted you to build your marriage but your spouse was offered a well-paying job overseas. What do you do when your faith and your circumstances don’t agree?

We’ve been going through a series this month called ‘Life Bila Regrets’. We’ve learnt that we are the products of our decisions. Today’s decisions will determine tomorrow’s reality. That’s why we’ve been learning from God’s Word about the navigation tools that will enable us make good decisions so that we can live a life without regrets. For the 4th critical tool, please turn in your bibles to Judges 6:36-40

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The City Invasion

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2011 by rajua

March series flier

In your dreams, what would you want this city to be or look like?

This city was founded to be a city of cool waters! Nairobi is a Maasai name that means exactly that. It was to be a place where families settled, relaxed, lived in safety and the enjoyed the amazing climate. I celebrate this great city. We have wonderful parks (the only city with a national park in its backyard), hard-working and warm people, and some working systems. We have some excellent schools and colleges that attract people from a far. Excellent tropical climate. And so much more!

Now flip the coin. Do we have issues as a city? What frustrates you about Nairobi? Water shortages, power outages, car-jacking, crime, slums with unimaginable living standards, poor health care? Nairobi has issues. We all experience them, and no matter your economic class, you cannot be fully insulated from the problems of the city. Would you love to see the glory of Nairobi restored?

Read Nehemiah 1:1-11

Two things we learn from Nehemiah’s response, vs 4-11

  1. God cares about the city, and so should we! Nehemiah was moved by the story of the city. He grieved, wept and mourned. God has a dream for the city. God’s frustration is to see the world of difference between his plan for Nairobi and the present reality.
  2. Prayer avails the power! He went into a long conversation with God about the city. Asking for guidance, power to be able to do something, for favor before the king (leave of absence, letters and resources) and strength to overcome the opposition

What is the Nehemiah way? Touch the Heavens, Transform the City!

Prayer is the tool that bridges the gap between God’s dream for the city and the reality at our hands. Prayer welcomes the King (Matthew 6: 10) – Your kingdom come in Nairobi and your will be done here as it is in heaven. The way to invade our estates, neighborhoods and the communities around us is to use the weapons of prayer and action. 2 Corinthians 10:4 tells us that our weapons are not worldly, but they are mighty in God to the pulling down of strongholds.

To be effective, our prayers and acts of love should be guided by:

  • Information: Begin to investigate the needs and issues around your community. Find out the relevant info by looking at the history, structure, relationships and attitudes prevailing in the city and in your community.
  • Insight. As you pray for the city, God will give you insights into the community as he sees it. He may give you a vision, discernment, a word or a picture of what is or what is to come. Use this info for prayer and action.

It is time to invade the city. It is time to saturate our estates with prayer and love.

Touch the Heavens, Transform the City!

Nehemiah’s story ended well: “So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.” (6:15,16)

ABCs—How do we apply this?

  • Always start where you are; 10 mins prayer every day for your hood, ask your small group to do a prayer walk/ drive in your hood – pray on site with insight.
  • Be honest with what your part has been (action), how are you part of the problem—sort out the man in the mirror; what are the things I have not done I should have/could have done? (inaction)
  • Continue with the conversation; Acts 17: 26 ‘it is no coincidence you live where you live’ Keep it going, it’s both an event and a process. Nehemiah prayed and worked until the place was changed.

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Power at Work

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2011 by rajua

March series flier

What characterizes your work environment? Is it a toxic environment full of stress, politics, power games, sexism, conflicts, difficult bosses, pressure to conform including just the boring routine of work? Yet this is the place we spend most of our productive time and life. Have you ever felt powerless and afraid to confront these realities at work? In the midst of these frustrating realities, what’s a Christian to do? How can we get outside help to overcome all these negative forces?

The story of Daniel, a marketplace minister has a lot to tell us.

Read Daniel 2:14-28, 46-49

We note that:

  1. Work is a calling. God placed Daniel there to be His representative, to bring in the kingdom of light in a place of darkness. You are where you are for a higher call, to bring praise to God. Ed Silvoso says, “Labor is the premier expression of worship on earth, and every believer is a minister.” You are a marketplace minister. As God’s servant at work, walk in godly principles such as excellence, integrity and creativity.
  2. You’ve got the Power – You need to invite God to work (where possible join up with partners). You need both wisdom and power to deal with the forces of evil at work. Daniel needed wisdom, power to thrive against politics, favor for promotion and strength to overcome the spiritual and secular forces. He prayed 3 times a day (saw prayer as a lifestyle) and outperformed the rest.
  3. Your vision is transformation – Your goal is to see the lives of your coworkers changed and the place become a stronghold for the kingdom of God. Daniel turned the whole land towards God. He established God’s kingdom there.

The one message from Daniel is this: Change the Marketplace; Change the World!

The church is the barracks – we are prepared to go and establish outposts for the King. The market place is the main battlefield. If we are going to win the war for the transformation of Kenya, we must bring power to work. Instead of just complaining about the evils at work, stand up and make the difference.

Where do you start?  ABCs of Changing the market place:

  1. Always start where you are – Check your attitude. See your self on a mission? See your assignment to make a difference and engage? Start by taking 5 or 10 mins daily to pray for work or business or studies. Or call your Christian colleagues to meet once a week for prayer.
  2. Be absolutely honest with yourself – Are you living the lifestyle that will bring God’s kingdom in your work place? Am I part of the problem at work? Acknowledge the issues at work and understand them. What needs to happen?
  3. Continue with the conversation – Keep praying and working until transformation happens and you fulfill your assignment. Daniel acknowledged at the appropriate time that his secret was God. Point people to Christ and do that with all humility and wisdom, but do it with courage as well. Live in such a way that you attract questions. Then use your faith to answer them. Recommend Mizizi. Invite people to church. Share your faith

Change the Marketplace; Change the World!

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Get Connected

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , , , , on March 6, 2011 by rajua

March series flier
Ever felt stuck and in need of getting some outside help? Ever felt like your effort at work, in a relationship, in life and in your Christian walk is far from enough? Ever felt overrun, overwhelmed, beaten down, pushed around and defeated? I guess we all have. There is a story in the bible that speaks into our situations of powerlessness.

Read Exodus 17:8-15

Notice the following:

  1. Israel was in trouble; the Amalekites outmatched them. (You are in trouble whether you know it or not. Life is a series of battles)
  2. Moses went up the hill to get connected and unleash the power – as Joshua fights on. He knew that firepower was not enough. (You have a powerful weapon in your hands)
  3. The Lord showed up and brought the victory! (The Lord is our Banner of Victory!)

The one message of this text is this: Pray to Connect, Unleash the Power!

Pray to Connect – Prayer is like plugging in to a power source. Your flat-screen TV or iPad will not work until you connect it to a power source. Prayer is an invitation to hang out with our Father, God. It is a privilege, a conversation with the Boss of the universe. It meets the most basic of human needs, a need to connect with the higher power. Prayer is the way to build relationship with the source of the Supernatural.

Like every other relationship, it will have lows and highs. But you don’t run from a relationship because things are not working, you make it work. God is always waiting to listen to our concerns and complications. To speak into our darkness and to encourage us in our weaknesses. To enjoy our presence and wipe away our insecurities. Deep in your heart, you crave for a connection with God. You need God – whether you feel neglected or not, he is still your best bet. Thomas Merton puts it this way: Prayer is an expression of who we are … We are a living incompleteness. We are a gap, an emptiness that calls for fulfillment.

Many times we try harder, work smarter, push more, fight fiercer and blame everyone. There is a better option, go hang out with the Most Powerful. Do not be too busy to seek for power. Unleash your secret weapon of prayer. You have got the power, but you need to unleash it through prayer. As long as Moses hands were lifted up, Joshua was winning. When we pray, God shows up and there is a showdown.

Unleash the Power!

God gave man the stewardship or management of earth. This is your territory. He waits for you invite him to work with you. Without God, you can’t; but without you God won’t! God wont do a whole lot of things if we do not ask. He is honored as a father if we partner with him. He will intervene once in a while even without our asking, but that is the exception.

There is a lot more you can do with God at the place of prayer than you can do by yourself. Why struggle all by yourself when you can partner with the source of all strength and power? When you work, you work. When you pray, God works with you.

Prayer is partnering with God to unleash the power that we so desperately need. Prayer avails the power of heaven. It is inviting kingdom power, laying a red carpet for the heavenly dignitary. Prayer opens up the highway for miracles, interventions, power encounters, transformation, change, action and invasion.

Pray to Connect, Unleash the Power!

The bible has powerful testimonies: A powerless Esther and a few women prayed and an entire plan of genocide was reversed. In Acts 12, the church turned to prayer to get Peter out of prison where he was waiting for execution. An angel came down, staged a prison-break and got the 16 guards executed by their boss. Elijah prayed and closed the heavens for 3.5 years. Then he prayed again and it flooded.

Pray to Connect, Unleash the Power!

The ABCs of prayer:

  1. Always start from where you are. You do not need to be Pst Linda, just pray in the best way you know how. You don’t have to pray in a certain way for God to hear. Set aside the 10, 20 or 30 minutes for a time with God daily.
  2. Be absolutely honest – come to God the way you are, don’t try and put on airs for him. Tell him what you feel about him and prayer. Express yourself to him and just talk. He will listen to you. He is waiting to connect with you as your Dad.
  3. Continue with the conversation throughout the day. You may need to keep at it. Don’t quit. Even when you don’t feel him, keep praying. You either pray and win or live the cycle of defeat. Prayer is your indispensable secret weapon.

What would happen if we all took up the invitation to prayer seriously, and despite our earlier experiences gave it a chance? I think we would begin to hear more stories of victorious living – transformation, healing, restorations at home, breakthroughs at work, successful relationships, wisdom in decisions and success in business.

Pray to Connect, Unleash the Power!

What would happen if we all took up the invitation to prayer seriously, and despite our earlier experiences gave it a chance? I think we would begin to hear more stories of victorious living – transformation, healings, restorations at home, breakthroughs at work, successful relationships, wisdom in decisions and success in business.

Pray to Connect, Unleash the Power.

Let us make prayer a priority and see what God will do. What would you like to pray about this month? List 3 things in a piece of paper. Hand that in and we will pray with you. Commit to pray daily over these items. Let us see what God will do.

Finding Your Creative Groove

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2011 by rajua

Africa, the world’s richest continent, has many advantages. These include natural resources, great weather, great mineral wealth. Kenya alone is the world’s largest tea producing country and a huge coffee exporter, supplies 32% of the world’s cut-flowers, and is renowned for its’ athletic ability. Also has the most educated black work force in Africa.

Despite all these advantages, Kenya still faces many challenges:

  1. Water: Kenya has enough rainfall to satisfy the needs of 6-7 times our population, and yet every other year there’s a drought!
  2. Energy: Only 8% of the Kenyan population has electricity to their homes the rest use charcoal and firewood, yet we only have 1.7% forest cover.
  3. Unemployment: A bulging youth population and yet the inability to create meaningful employment
  4. Poor Savings Culture: This makes us a net consumer as opposed to being a net producer.
  5. Poor Leadership: Apart from a few shining examples (Nelson Mandela, Paul Kagame), Africa is not known for good leadership

Is this how things are meant to be? Has God cursed Africa to stay this way? I don’t believe so.

1 Sam 13:5-7, 16-22

Israel was in a terrible state and all her problems could be traced to one major undoing …….there was no blacksmith in Israel

Israel faced a technologically and numerically superior enemy, and all they had were crude inadequate weapons. Even worse, to prepare these inadequate weapons for war, they had had to depend on their enemies.

Africa too, fights with inadequate weapons such as:

  1. National Mis-Education: Whereas our education system should make us into change agents, equipping us to CREATE solutions, our  ‘colonial’ system of education provides us with inadequate weapons. Where are Kenya’s blacksmiths?
  2. Parental Mis-Guidance: Rather than provide employment for many Kenyans, our parent’s generation brainwashed us such that all we wanted to do was study, get a secure job and retire on our pension, i.e provide a comfortable lifestyle for ourselves . Where are Kenya’s blacksmiths?
  3. Scarcity Mentality: The myth of the national cake says that there are limited national resources that need to be shared out with everyone. The problem is that this so-called ‘national cake’ has been shrinking It’s time to stop dividing the cake and start baking itWhere are Kenya’s blacksmiths?

Kenya’s ‘blacksmiths’ today are her entrepreneurs and also her ‘intrapreneurs’ (intrapreneurs are entrepreneurs employed by companies). Even for those of you who are employed, you must gain a name as a person who creates solutions wherever you’re assigned! Where are Kenya’s blacksmiths?

A problem is an opportunity for a solution…God created you a problem solver.

The Pastor M Challenge:

February is our month of prayer and fasting. I would like to challenge each of our life groups as they pray and fast this month to identify the problems around them in their neighborhood. To come up with a creative, cost-effective solution that they will employ to tackle that problem. Send a one page write-up of that solution to info@mavunochurch.org. At the end of the month, a panel will go through these solutions and pick the most creative. We will then give you an award of KSH. 50,000 to either invest in that solution or to donate to a charity of your choice. If you’re in a Mizizi group, you’re also welcome to participate! If you’re not in either, then get a group of friends together and engage. You are not limited to one entry per group!

 

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