Thursday, April 20, 2006

portsmouth 1 arsenal 1 (lualua 67)

In the afternoon, 2 nice frens from Mindef (NSFs and both a yr older than me, not in uniform), came to look for me & we headed for the Gombak Specialist's mess together to try out the food. It's in a bar style with sofas and TVs for specialists to relax, they serve wine also but we didn't drink. The food is good and cheap! But we were also there for an explicit purpose. To pray.

& pray we did. 1st we chatted about personal prayer requests. Then we toked about wat we're going to do after ORD. One isn't sure...still looking for direction, but going to be an architect. Another's going to be a civil servant. & me, I'm going to be a teacher. Then we ate. Then we toked about what to pray about. Pray for unsaved frens in Mindef, for the spiritual climate in Mindef to change, pray against bureaucracy, backstabbing, complaining, passing work, materialism, etc. Pray for a positive attitude to work. Pray for the government & policy-makers. & then we really prayed - with our eyes open - but we really prayed!

this isn't what a normal person would do. but we did it. & my 2 frens were just as eager as me. Our next meeting up to pray is next Wednesday.

2 days ago, we finished a meeting & I asked my colleague, who I still treat as my fren, whether she wants to go for lunch. She didn't reply. But she was still at her desk. 20 minutes later, she had disappeared. In the canteen, she was with 4 others. 1 just celebrated her birthday last week. Another had come down from CMPB to give her a birthday present. Another is a colleague who just doesn't like me. (& she doesn't make it a secret). Another is technically my colleague but cos I'm an NSF, he's my superior. The last is the birthday girl. The table was packed, just enuff for 5 people. there was no room for 1 more. The girl from CMPB hailed. But she's resigned cos relationships in the office have grieved her. The rest didn't so much as look up. I bought a packet of rice and went back to the office to eat.

The name of my organisation means "bond". Its raison d'etre is, among others, to promote unity and comradeship nationwide.

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Blogger mimosa said...

It's wonderful to be able to find prayer partners in your place of work or school. May you be ministered too even as you avail of yourself to pray His agenda.

Sometimes I struggle with why God wants me to be where I am. Should I look forward to going into the working world?

Anyway, Jesus' prayer for his diciples really helps me. Hope it helps you too.

"I have given them Your word and the world has hated them because they are not of this world, just as I am not of this world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of his world, just as I am not of this world. Sanctify them by Your truth." (John 17)

And sanctification comes so that we ready for service... like praying and interceeding for others as you have done. :)

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