A Prayer And A Wish


What does prayer mean to you? You may have many wonderful definitions of prayer but mine, which I will share to you, may be different. A prayer is a way by which we make our wishes known to God.

Philippians 4:6 (Revised Standard Version)

Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

A prayer is an act of humbling oneself before God! The reason we pray is that we are asking God to do something we cannot do.  In prayers we admit before His majesty that we are inferior and helpless! In prayers we thank and praise Him, realizing that what He is doing, He alone can.

Even the Lord Jesus Christ humbled himself before God in prayers!

Hebrews 5:7 (Revised Standard Version)

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear.

The impossibility of a human doing things greater than his entire being necessitates the need to pray! In prayers we exalt God; we show our trust in His power and in what He can do. In prayers we thank Him, realizing that He alone can provide even the meanest cravings of our souls.

Psalms 145:16 (Revised Standard Version)

Thou openest thy hand, thou satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

On the 30th of June 2010, a prayer and a wish is expediently necessary!

I Timothy 2:1-2

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

I’m asking all members of the Church of God International to pray and to make a wish, and even to offer thanksgiving to God and make intercessions for the new leaders of the government in the Republic of the Philippines.

June 30th 2010 will mark the end of the reign of a government most offensive and unfair to the Members of the Church of God International; for this, we thank the Lord. This day will also mark the beginning of a new government, who promised to investigate all the scandals that characterized the government of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, reputed to be the most corrupt of all Philippine presidents, according to a survey conducted by Pulse Asia!

(Source: http://forums.pinoybusiness.org/index.php?topic=1952.0)

The government of Arroyo made the Philippines to be the most corrupt country in Asia!

(Source: http://thepinoy.net/?p=641)

To sigh during Arroyos time is inevitable!

Proverbs 29:2 (The American Standard Version)

When the righteous are increased, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man beareth rule, the people sigh.

Now a sigh of relief!

During Arroyo’s government, I was illegally suspended by the MTRCB, under the Office of the President Arroyo and upon the influence of the Iglesia ni Manalo, (in violation of my basic human and religious rights), to appear in any television for a quarter of a year by Arroyo’s cohort, Ma. Consoliza Laguardia, who was appointed to be the chairperson of the MTRCB through the backing of the Iglesia ni Cristo ni Manalo (INCM). In fact, there was a series of suspensions to favor the slightest initiation of the INCM.

The illegal suspension is clearly evidenced by the recent decision of the Supreme Court, which dispositive portion read as follows -

(Source: G.R. No. 164785, Supreme Court, Republic of the Philippines, Manila)

The MTRCB, to be sure, may prohibit the broadcast of such television programs or cancel permits for exhibition, but it may not suspend television personalities, for such would be beyond its jurisdiction.  The MTRCB cannot extend its exercise of regulation beyond what the law provides.

Now, at last, it is over! We pray to God, with a wish, that the new government may, by His divine guidance, execute justice to everyone and be fair in dealing with religious groups regardless of their faith and belief!

Of course there are fallacies in most of the existing religions all over the world!

I John 4:1

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

There are also extremes even in the Philippines. Judge it for yourself.

The Catholic Church claims that 80% of the Filipinos are Roman Catholics. Muslims have a share of 5-10%. If the Philippine population is 90 million, 80% of it is 72 million. Conservatively giving the Muslims a share of 5% that will give a figure of 4.5 million. Adding 72 million plus 4.5 million, equals 76.5 million. Therefore, 90 million minus 76.5 million will give a result of 14.5 million to be distributed among other religious groups. The INCM claims to have 10 million followers, plus Quiboloy claims to have 6 million members, plus the El Shaddai group claims to have 10 million members, plus the group of Almeda claims to have 7 million members, plus the Jehovah’s Witnesses claims to have about 166,000, plus the Seventh Day Adventist claims to have about 571,653 members, plus the Mormons claims to have about 389,000 members.

The fact and the truth is:

There are only more or less 90 million Filipinos. More or less, 70 million belongs to the Catholic Church. And 5 million, more or less are Muslims. Only 15 million are left to all existing religious groups. If the INCM have 10 million or roughly a block vote of 3 million, why did not Roxas win in the Vice Presidential race being endorsed by the INCM? President Noynoy won not by the support of the INCM but mostly by the Catholic Church. If the votes of the INCM are sufficient to make President Noynoy win, it should be equally sufficient to make Roxas the next Vice President. Do you realize this, my dear countrymen?

Another extreme is the claim of Quiboloy having 6 million members! Do we now have a population of about 150 million Filipinos? Judge it yourself.

After all lies have been said and done by these people, one thing is sure: life will go on among the Filipinos, 70% of which are living below the poverty line! Iron-faced preachers and religious leaders will continue deceiving people and even politicians with their promises of block and winning votes!

Our prayer is for the new President and the entire government to be more compassionate to the poor and to the religious minorities in Philippine society. As the late President Ramon Magsaysay said, “He who has less in life should have more in law.”

May the good Lord bless the new government and the people of the Philippines!

Bro. Eli

About Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
"But none of these things move me, neither do I count my life dear to myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus Christ, to testify fully the gospel of the grace of God." Acts 20:24

33 Responses to A Prayer And A Wish

  1. PUMP says:

    Amen!!!

  2. Ren Newman says:

    We are helpless but hopeful to our God all-powerful. And as we kneel down and plea, may He bless thee and the country.

  3. Ma. Barbra Garil says:

    Thanks be to God for the change of a new leaderships… We know that God is watching us and taking care of us, especially to our beloved Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel..With God’s mercy and help I know that we will survive all these. Bro. Eli we will always pray for our countrymen and leaders, but most of all we will always pray for you and for our brethren to hold on to our faith in God no matter what difficulties we will encounter. We support you and love you, our dearest brother. May God will bless you and take care of you forever…We miss you Ingkong! To God be the glory!

  4. Phrotte Khaeyc says:

    Yes! at last! We are free at Gloria’s administration!!!

    Nice definition of the prayer…. it is really humbling ourselves…
    without God we are nothing and we cannot do anything!
    I can feel it especially when no one seems to understand…
    when I can’t feel the comfort from my friends and even my family.
    I feel the relief during prayers :)… a sincere conversation with God and thanksgiving :)

    This is one of the great articles that I read!

    It was able to analyze the Philippine population which is indeed right.
    I also notice that…the votes in the party list that these religious denominations reflects there genuine number!

    May the Lord bless President Noynoy Aquino…

    and as what he wished for Bro. Eli in the video…
    I also wished that ‘The good Lord will still bless youwith the health to be able to carry out your faith, your evangelization work.’

  5. Julz of Edmonton says:

    Bye bye Gloria!!!

    Bye bye Dela Guardia!!!

    Thanks be to God for persecuting the MCGI by the Arroyo Administration, because it opened a larger gate of opportunity to preach the Gospel of Christ in the world!!!

    God bless you Bro Eli!

  6. lyka mae says:

    to GOD be the GLORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. lyka mae says:

    TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!

  8. jocelyn bautista says:

    My heart is crying when I read this now, because a man I respect too much, Brother Eliseo Soriano, is writing about his innermost being. How he was persecuted, maligned and dragged to court by malicious people who cannot accept the fact that he is correct in his preachings.

    He is writing us that in moments of desperation and there is nothing more we can do, turn to God.

    I pray that Brother Eliseo will be given the chance to come back to the Philippines with out malice and deceit, only in fairness and justice, so he can face his adversaries and answer all the charges against him with all due process in the court.

    I am very sure, he will rise above all these, for he has done nothing wrong.

    Proverbs 15:8 (King James Version)

    8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

  9. Eijnuj says:

    To GOD be the glory.

    This new President is included in my prayer hoping
    that he can execute his duty in a fair way.especially
    to those less in life and to all religiuos group.

  10. May God’s will be done. No matter how difficult the trials are, there surely is a God who looks down from heaven.

    May Bro. Eli’s prayer be answered!

  11. Edsel Tajanlangit says:

    Amen

    May the new president be fair and just

  12. abjandoc says:

    Amen!

  13. vhand_cute says:

    Amen! To GOD Be The Glory!

  14. Rodvillz says:

    Fair and just..that’s what each and everyone wants. May the new leaders of our country (Philippines) practice what they preach especially our new President P-noy.

    To God be the Glory!

  15. cedrec says:

    amen ,,,,,,,,to GOD be the glory !!!

  16. Carlos says:

    Amen & Amen!

  17. ants_june1003 says:

    Thanks be unto GOD!!!

  18. gnat says:

    AMEN! . . . .

  19. Eijnuj says:

    Very good definition thank you Bro.Eli.
    !To GOD be the glory!

  20. Hummingbird. says:

    Amen. To God be the Glory!

  21. Thanks be to God for the persecutions of the Iglesia ni Cristo ni Manalo and the arroyo Administration to Bro. Eli Soriano. To God be the Glory.

  22. taboji says:

    Let us all pray that God will guide our new president. Let us also pray for the enemies of Bro. Eli to at least try to contemplate and continue to listen to Bro. Eli’s teachings so they can repent and who knows…. they will eventually be babtized to the Church of God International.

  23. Galaxy777 says:

    We hope and pray to God that He will bless the new president for us to have a country that is peaceful and conducive to live in. Let us pray to God that Bro Eli could travel freely to continue propagating the word of God without any threat. Hopefully, he could go back to his home country and visit us, I look forward to this very special occasion.

  24. Aileen Ravalo says:

    Amen.

    God bless you Brother Eli.

  25. mcristina says:

    let all things be done according to His will

  26. Joe says:

    Very well said Bro. Eli…May God bless you always and keep you safe.
    To God be the glory.Salamat po sa Dios.

  27. We Filipinos are lucky to have Bro. Eli. He really touches lives of millions. Not just of Filipinos but of all nations. Thank God for you Bro. eli, you truly knew how, when and what to feed your flock. We love you so much Bro. Eli, hope to see you again in person.

  28. virginia licardo says:

    to God be the Glory!

  29. Mac says:

    Thanks be to God! May He bless our new leaders! We love you Bro. Eli. ingatan ka nawa po palagi =)

  30. elysean9 says:

    bro. eli how about u tackle the fallacies of quiboloys being appointed son and how according to his self claim the church have been defunct and nullified.i love to hear something about it.put to crap his being jesus incarnate as he claimed.

  31. TO GOD BE THE GLORY! YOU ARE BLESSED BRO. ELI ..WE BELIEVE YOU ARE MESSENGER OF GOD HERE IN OUR TIMES …ALL YOUR DOCTRINES WERE TRUE ..MAY LOVING FATHER BE WITH U FOR ALWAYS …WE LOVE YOU , BRO . ELI

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