Friday, April 6, 2012

Experiencing God at the Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain (TGPM) in Antipolo

It was during the Youth Camp of BOL when I first spent a few overnights at the Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain. I was 18 then, a freshman in college, with a burning zeal to develop a deeper knowledge of who God is and how he can be real in my life. Through several preachings, I learned that in order to get to know more about God, I need to prioritize Him the moment I wake up through scripture meditation, a heartfelt worship and prayer.

Through the years, I've come back to this place of solitude either alone, with family or with friends. Any which way, I have received guidance and answered prayers not because this place is "magical" nor "powerful" but because we have a great God! So mighty indeed that He is still the same yesterday, today and forever! In fact, His love for our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is still available to you and me in similar intensity.

                                           Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain

I guess, going up the mountain, made me more in tuned with this truth because there, I heard His voice much more clearly because I was enveloped in silence. But I also realized that even after my visit, I can still keep a piece of the TGPM Prayer Mountain in my heart by constantly meditating on the many lessons learned during my visits. 

For instance, when I finally asked God for a son after thirteen years of marriage, I remember telling Him about our plan to go up the prayer mountain just so we can search for His will about this matter. For some reason, my hubby Bala and I never got to do that.

What happened was that I would wake up at dawn for my devotions coupled with my prayer request for a son guided all throughout by the PLEADS principle. 

Four months after, I found out that I've become pregnant without any work-up nor any medical intervention whatsoever!

PLEADS is not a chant nor a visualization technique to get what you want from God. It is simply an acronym of several biblical principles put together to make the believer remember what God is looking for in the prayer and in the life of the one praying for an answer.

Let me share with you about this principle which I've learned almost 22 years ago:

P- Prayer should be persevering until the answer is brought down from heaven. Remember Daniel from the bible? In Daniel Chapter 10 for instance, he prayed about the interpretation for his dream, and right there and then God heard him. But the answer took longer than expected because the Angel Gabriel was delayed for 21 days by the demonic spirit in charge of the Persian Kingdom!

L- Prayer should be laborious. You must be willing to wake up early and spend hours in intense prayer either alone or in a group. Martin Luther, the great reformist himself once said, "If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer."

E- When you pray, expect-

A- An answer from God. Hebrews 11:6 teaches us that " is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him."

D- Prayer should have a degree of being desperate; meaning, you must believe that only God and no one else can answer your prayer. Somehow we are to pattern our being "desperate" with how Jacob wrestled with God in Genesis 32:22-32; that is, when Jacob refused to let go of God until He blessed him!

S- True prayer must involve sacrifice. Since we're called to a life of prayer and not just to have a prayer life, God must see in us the willingness to sacrifice not only for his church programs and missions work through our time, tithes and offerings; but also to apply this same love and sacrifice to just about anyone we meet and feel burdened about.

I might have applied each of this principle the best way I knew how but through the course of my prayer, PLEADS was subjected under a grander, more amazing prayer:

"For me to know more about God and have a fresh encounter with him all the days of my life." 

Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain
Mission: Aims to provide a venue where one's soul can rest
and conquer through an encounter with God's presence! 


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