How’s Your Heart?

It may be a simple question, but for many people, it’s a challenging one.

It is hard to share your feelings with others—let alone your personal problems and prayer requests.

But if your heart is anxious, hopeless, or even depressed because of the pandemic, this is a reminder that you don’t have to go through everything alone.

Here are 3 reasons why it’s okay to ask others to pray for you:

1. It’s okay to share your burdens

Many people do not want to talk about the real condition of their hearts because they don’t want to be a burden to others.

If you feel the same, here’s a comforting truth for you: God wants His people to share each other’s burdens through prayers. That’s why you should not hesitate to ask others to intercede for you.

“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2 NLT)

2. It’s okay to not be okay

There is strength in being vulnerable in front of others. There is courage in speaking up about your deepest struggles. This is where healing starts. There is nothing shameful in asking for help.

Don’t let doubt, pride, or fear keep you from asking others to pray for you. It’s okay to let others know that you are not okay.

“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16 NKJV)

3. It’s okay to care for your heart

Loneliness is bad for the heart, according to Harvard Medical School. Expressing your prayer concerns is a powerful way to connect with others, ease loneliness, and care for your heart.

While it’s absolutely great to pour your heart out to God during your personal prayer time, having a prayer partner, joining a prayer group, and even calling a prayer hotline like the CBN Asia Prayer Center are also important to remind you of His hope and encouragement.

Isn’t it wonderful to have people who won’t just pray for you, but also join you in celebrating victories, blessings, and answered prayers?

“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (1 Corinthians 12:26 ESV)

How’s your heart?

Do you need prayers?

We would love to pray for you! Call our Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and together, we will lift your concerns to God.

Do you ask others to pray for you when you need it? Let us know in the comments section below!

Prayers for those who Struggle with their Mental Health

Prayers for those who Struggle with their Mental Health

Do you want to pray for your mental health, but you cannot find the words to say?

Are you willing to pray for a loved one who has a mental health concern, but you do not know where to start?

This Mental Health Awareness Week, here are some powerful prayers to help you start. Let us gather and declare that the power of Jesus Christ is bigger than any mental health struggle!

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16 NLT)

A prayer if you are dealing with anxiety: 

Heavenly Father, as I come to you today, I ask that you cleanse my heart. I release any anger, resentment, or negative feelings in me. Help me forgive everyone who wronged me as I also seek Your mercy for all the wrong things I did.

I come to You believing that You can heal not just my body, but also my anxious mind.

Jesus, You said that if we ask anything in Your Name, then we will receive. So today, I receive your grace. I receive Your comfort and strength.

When I am crushed by my fears or worries, remind me that I have already received Your peace. Whenever my mind’s like a raging storm, help me express grace to myself. Remind me that I do not have to fear any storm when my Savior is on board.

Thank You, God, because I know that my mental health and healing are important to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

(Read John 14:14, Romans 5:1)

A prayer if you are dealing with depression: 

Heavenly Father, I come to You today to ask for help. I may not understand what I feel but I declare that You are freeing me from this depression – in the Name of Jesus!

Lord, take the spirit of heaviness away. I release painful experiences that weigh me down and I welcome Your healing.

Whenever I feel lost in my own thoughts, God, take over my mind. Take over my mind, body, and soul for they all belong to You.

Thank You, Lord, for Your love, patience, and boundless grace.  I praise You for healing me and delivering me from depression. I praise You, Jesus, for filling my mind with what is good, pleasing, and perfect. Amen.

(Read Psalm 100:3, Romans 12:2)

A prayer if you are dealing with psychotic disorders or other mental illnesses: 

Heavenly Father, I surrender my life to You. Whenever I lose touch with reality, in times that I cannot control my own mind and body – help me, God.

Help me focus my eyes on You. I humbly ask that You comfort and relieve me from this condition. Jesus, allow me to experience Your supernatural healing. Please restore my health, mind, and spirit.

I also pray for others who are challenged by serious and chronic mental illnesses. I lift the patients who cannot pray for themselves.

God, nothing is impossible with You. May You rescue us from our affliction, cover us and our families with your hedge of protection, and allow us to experience Your miraculous healing.

Father, I trust that everything will fall into place according to Your sovereign way, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Read: Hebrews 12:2, Psalm 30:2, Matthew 19:26)

A prayer if you are dealing with addiction: 

Heavenly Father, thank You for being my strength and hope. Thank you because I believe that You will not allow me to be stuck in this pit of addiction and self-destruction. Thank you, God, for Your patience and grace.

Help me forgive myself as You have forgiven me. I pray that Your mercy will untangle me from the snares of the enemy. May You deliver me from all temptations and help me find the strength to overcome my addiction.

Thank You for loving me more than I could ever imagine. I also pray for the love and patience of others as I work through this condition.

I praise You, Jesus, because You have prepared a good future for me. Help me to lead the rest of my life in reverence of You and Your glory. Jesus, my Lord, I receive healing in Your mighty Name. Amen.

(Read Corinthians 10:13, Jeremiah 29:11)

If you are struggling with your mental health, we are here to pray for you.

Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or contact us via email ([email protected]) or Skype (The700clubasia).

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What to Pray for this Holy Week?

Now that many communities are back to Enhanced Community Quarantine, a lot of people are left wondering: when will this pandemic end? 

Nobody knows for sure, except God.  

But if there is one thing you can be sure of, it is this: God hears prayers. That’s why this Holy Week, take this perfect opportunity to pause, ponder, and pray.  

As God says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”   

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  1. Pray for your family

“Heavenly Father, thank You for everything that You have done and continue to do in the lives of my loved ones. 

I trust that You love them more than I do, and You are willing to take away any fear, any sickness, or anxiety that they feel. Thank You for drawing them close to Your heart, and I pray that You will continue to protect, bless, and meet them in their point of need.” 

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  1. Pray for frontliners and all essential workers 

“Lord, amid the lifesaving work of our frontliners, health experts, and essential workers, we know that they are exhausted. They’re risking their lives in the front lines while barely having the time to look after themselves or their own families. But Lord, we know that their work is not in vain! 

We ask for your mighty hands to sustain and protect them. Thank You for pouring out Your grace, mercy, and provision to their families. I declare that You will restore them physically, mentally, and most importantly, spiritually.” 

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  1. Pray for COVID-19 affected families 

“Heavenly Father, I may not know all their names, but they surely need Your loving grace. May Your healing power surround each and every COVID-19 patient and comfort their families.  

We also remember our kababayans who lost their jobs and those who are struggling or hurting. Father, strengthen and bless them, and allow them to see the hope that is in You! Lord, I pray for the revival of Your people, and I claim that they will encounter Your saving love during this crisis.” 

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  1. Pray for the Philippines and the world

“God, I pray for our country’s leaders – from the highest seat up to the leaders in our barangays. We lift them up to You and pray that they may reflect Your wisdom and compassion to people, and not be swayed by selfish interests. 

At this very moment, Father, may You touch the hearts of all the world leaders so they will work in harmony. Give them the courage to make bold decisions according to Your will, and according to what is good and pleasing to You. May You use this time to turn their eyes upon You.” 

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  1. Pray for God’s family

“Lord, even in trying times, I pray that the gospel will be proclaimed and that Your people will be even more strengthened to do Your work. 

I pray for the body of Christ and trust that You will bless and keep all church leaders, missionaries, and everyone involved in Your ministry. Heavenly Father, I pray that every worker will be salt and light in their respective churches and communities! 

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  1. Pray for faith and personal guidance from God 

“Heavenly Father, we’re back to ECQ without the end in sight, but I praise You, Lord, for sustaining me through and through! 

I pray that Your loving grace will continue to guide all my decisions, comfort me, and cover me every day as You strengthen my faith. Help me be strong and courageous, and to always wear Your full armor of God.  

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May You open my eyes to the plight of others and grant me opportunities to help those who are in need. Here I am Father, use me as a channel of Your love, grace, and mercy to the people around me! 

Ultimately, I pray that love and compassion will spread like a pandemic and that people will seek Your presence in times of crisis. I declare that in Your perfect time, the world will conquer COVID-19. I declare and believe that You – Jesus Christ, the living God – is greater than any crisis! 

Thank you, Father! All these we ask in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!” 

Rediscover and celebrate the risen God’s victory this Holy Week! Download CBN Asia’s Holy Week Devotional, The Hope for RedemptionVisit this page and complete the form to receive your FREE copy! 

If you need prayers and encouragement right now, you may send your prayer requests to CBN Asia Prayer Center or call 8-737-0-700 and we would love to pray for you. 

3 Keys to Effective Prayer, According to Tanikala Actress Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz

What are you praying for today? 

Whatever you may be praying for — healing, restoration of relationships, or provision — you can be assured that God acts on your behalf. But do you know that the condition of your heart when you pray is such an important factor to bring God’s response? 

This Holy Week, unlock the 3 keys to effective prayer according to Tanikala presents Isa Pang Hiling actress Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz: 

Key #1: Simply pray

Prayers are powerful – there’s no single ounce of doubt about that.  

Prayers are powerful because the God who hears them is all-powerful. Likewise, the effectiveness of your prayer does not rely on rituals, length, or big words. Prayers don’t have to be complicated. 

So, what does it take for your prayers to be effective? 

Simply pray. Do not heap up empty phrases (Matthew 6:7) and simply present your honest self to your Heavenly Father. That said, there is no limit as to when and where you can pray!  

Key #2: Pray with faith

Do you pray confidently? Do you pray in faith? 

Prayer and faith go hand-in-hand because, without faith, it is impossible to please God! (Hebrews 11:6). That’s why when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all (James 1:6).  

If you pray about something yet you still worry about it, isn’t it defeating the purpose of praying? Let go of your worries and doubts.  

Have faith that there is a loving God who hears your prayers. Have faith that He will answer. Have faith that whatever you are praying for right now, know that it is safe in God’s hands. 

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24 ESV) 

Key #3: Pray with thanksgiving 

Through prayers, bodies are healed, relationships are restored, lives are transformed. 

That’s how good God is. And praying is not just about presenting your requests to God; it is also an opportunity to worship God and reflect on His goodness.  

Saying “thank you, God,” covers a lot of things. First, it is a powerful act of acknowledging that God is in control. Second, it pleases Him when you pray without ceasing and give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). 

So if you’re praying for something and it’s a yes, a not yet, or even a loving no from God, pray with thanksgiving. After all, whatever the outcome is, God is worthy of praise and honor. 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6 ESV) 

But before you focus on the results of your prayers, know that praying is a blessing itself. Imagine, an opportunity where you can commune with the Creator of heaven and earth!  

And though He wants to bless your prayers, God does not want you to place your faith in the outcome. He wants you to place your faith in Him. 

Do you have prayer requests? 

It is our joy to pray for you. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page. 

This Holy Week, discover the power of prayers in battling the pandemic. Watch Tanikala presents  

Habang May Ngayon on April 1, and Isa Pang Hiling on April 2, at 10:00 AM on GMA. 

If you are looking for a free devotional app as you reflect this Holy Week, download Tanglaw App – the first Filipino devotional mobile application in audio and text format! It will feature devotions especially written for Holy Week, starting Maundy Thursday, April 1, up to Sunday, April 4. 

Download Tanglaw app from Google Play or the App Store for FREE, or stream it on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and all major podcasts worldwide. 

What Does Having a Relationship with God Mean?

You are probably wondering now. You prayed to accept Jesus Christ in your life as Lord and Savior and now you ask, “Where should I go from here?”

This is the beginning of your new life. You are a new person now! (2 Corinthians 5:7 NLT) You have been born again!

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3 NLT)

And as your new life begins, God wants you to experience the fullness of it by growing in a personal relationship with Him. After all, He loves you so much that He calls you His child (1 John 3:1).



But, what does having a relationship with God really mean?

No matter who you are or what you have been through, you can have a personal relationship with God.

Having a relationship with God means having a constant communication with Him – like you would to a person you are in a relationship with. It also means growing in faith as you get to know God deeper through the Bible.

The Bible is one of the many ways God speaks to you. In it, your Heavenly Father reveals His history, character, as well as His promises for you.

Now that you accepted Jesus Christ, God also gives you a helper that helps you understand Him. It is the Holy Spirit that dwells in you. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.” (John 14:15-16)

Simply put, God speaks to your heart through the Holy Spirit, as illustrated in Isaiah 30:21, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Likewise, you can speak to God through prayers with the help of the Holy Spirit and in Jesus’ name.

How do you grow in your relationship with God?

A relationship with God is built through a constant belief, connection, and communication with Him. It is also a life filled with obedience and faith. And like all human relationships, trust is also a very important factor you should have in your relationship with God.

Trusting Him is more than just letting Him speak to your head – it is letting Him speak to your heart. It is more than hearing what He says to you, but responding in faith and living it out. Your newfound relationship with Him now inspires you to trust and act in God’s truth, rather than your own knowledge and abilities.

What does a trusting relationship with God look like?

Can you recall a moment when you felt weak and discouraged because of a certain situation? You prayed to God and asked Him for strength. As you open your Bible, God spoke through Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand,” and you answer, “I believe You, God! Thank you for being with me.”

This is what a trusting relationship with God looks like. That very moment, you met God, and God met you. That is how you experience Him and enjoy His presence in your life.

May you continue to grow in your relationship with God all the days of your life!

Do you want to have a personal relationship with God? Take your first step toward Him here.

Do you need prayers? Send us a message on our CBN Asia Facebook page or call us at 8737-0700.

One Prayer Away: Answering the What, Why, and How of Prayer

Prayer.

You have probably heard the word countless times, but have you ever asked yourself what prayer really means? Do you wonder if God really hears your prayers?



What is prayer?

Having a relationship with Jesus Christ is more than just believing in Him. It is a constant walk and journeying with Him. And just like any other relationship you have, your relationship with God would not flourish without communication.

So, how do you communicate with your Heavenly Father?

God communicates with His children in many ways. One of them is through His Word in the Bible. On the other hand, His children can communicate with Him through prayers.

In prayer, you are connected to God. Whenever you pray and talk to Him, you can be sure that He hears you, sees you and understands you. He even understands your prayer even if you cannot find the right words to say. He knows what your heart is crying out for.

If God already knows everything, then why do I still need to pray?

It’s true that God knows you better than you know yourself. He knows everything about you because He created you in His image (Genesis 1:27). Because you are created in His image, you are also called to imitate His behavior.

Jesus showed an utmost importance on praying when He Himself prayed.

“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.” (Mark 1:35)


When Jesus prayed, you are also called to pray as an act of obedience.

Isn’t it amazing to know that you are given a special opportunity to spend quality time with a Holy God?

Every prayer time is a time to talk to Him, hear from Him, lift your requests to Him, and rest in His presence. Praying helps you fight the enemy.

It is also a path to finding the answers to your struggles, as said in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.”

How should I pray?

The way Jesus prayed is the best example of how you can pray. His prayer life showed how He wholeheartedly communicated with God the Father.

Luke 5:16 retells that Jesus “would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”

What does the Bible say then about praying like Jesus?

Pray to the Father in secret, as said in Matthew 6:6, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Pray in the Name of Jesus, as said in John 14:6, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”

What can I pray for?

In response to His disciples’ request, Jesus taught them to pray.

In Matthew 6:9-13, it is worth noting that the prayer starts with glorifying God. Then, you can then pray for God’s will to be done in your life, in your family, in your community, and in the whole world.

“Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10)


You may also pray for God’s provision, that He may supply your family’s needs.

“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)


Then, ask God to forgive you from your sins, and to help you forgive those who hurt you.

“and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12)


Lastly, pray that the Lord will give you the victory from the enemy.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:13)


Will God hear my prayers?

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15)

God has given His children the opportunity to come to Him through prayers any time, any day. As John 1:12 says, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” His heart remains open to those who want to accept Him as their Lord and Savior.

May you find joy as you pray and seek Him each day!

Do you want to know more about prayers? PUSH Pilipinas, CBN Asia’s online show is here to help you and pray with you! Catch it next Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 8:00 PM on the CBN Asia, The 700 Club Asia and Batang Superbook Facebook pages.

Pray with Us on CBN Asia’s Newest Online Show – PUSH Pilipinas!

Are you anxious about how life is hitting you these trying times? Do you need someone to encourage you?

Worry not because your concerns will be prayed for in this brand-new online show that will surely be your weekly primetime habit!

CBN Asia brings you PUSH Pilipinas – the newest online show where youprayer requests about life – relationships, health, finances, and many more – are heard and prayed for!  

Every Tuesday, The 700 Club Asia hosts will join the online viewers on a Facebook Live event as they PUSH! – Pray, Unite, Share, and Hope together.

Tune in as Peter Kairuz and wife Christine welcome you on the pilot episode of #PUSHPilipinas. Send in your prayer requests, answered prayers, and questions about prayers during the Facebook live.

“Learn how to pray, whom to pray to, and what to pray for. PUSH Pilipinas is a faith-builder online show inspired by the Word of God. We are your kapitbahay, prayer partner, counselor, and friend.  You can post your prayer requests, answered prayers, or questions about prayer and we will attend to it,” shared Producer Rolando Alto IV.

The show also features the stories and prayers of Bible characters and how God responded to their petitions.

Invite your family and friends and catch PUSH Pilipinas on its premiere tomorrow, May 12, 2020, at 8:00 PMlive on the CBN Asia, The 700 Club Asia, and Batang Superbook Facebook pages, same time every week! Don’t forget to like and follow the pages for more updates about the show.

In #PUSHPilipinas, pause, pray and celebrate the goodness of God in your life! See you there!

Missed any of our shows? Don’t worry! You can still watch them on our YouTube channel. Subscribe to the CBN Asia YouTube channel and hit the notification button to stay updated!

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