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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS:“…The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective…” (James 5:16, the Holy Bible).

NO WATER TO PUT OUT FIRES IN METRO: As the “general alarm” fire raged through 2nd and 3rdAvenues in Grace Park, Caloocan City on or about 8 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, one of our lady pastors, Sarah Saldo, frantically sent a cellular phone text message to me asking for prayers as the fire was just about two or three houses away from the house of her family.

Having been schooled in the effectiveness of prayers, I prayed to Jesus, our God and Savior, to spare her house and the house in the area of the other members of our Church (the Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo, or the Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ). The, a sudden inspiration, apparently inspired by the prayer I made, hit me, prompting me to call “117” of the Philippine National Police.

The lady policeman who took my call then patched my call to the Caloocan City Fire Department, where someone who introduced himself as “FO4 Santiago” or something, explained to me that, while the department was trying all it could to fight off the blaze, it was bugged by one big problem: there was no water available.

NO ALTERNATIVES IN FIGHTING FIRES? I then asked “FO4 Santiago” if, perhaps, Caloocan City fire officials can call the fire departments of the other cities of Metro Manila and seek assistance. The guy told me that they have already done that and the other fire departments have already sent their fire trucks but, unfortunately, they also ran out of water.

Consequently, while the fire consumed houses as it blazed through a big area, Metro Manila’s firefighters stood helplessly by, unable to be of assistance as they watched shanties and other light-material-properties go up in flames while their owners wailed and cried, in desperation and complete anger that no one but no one could help them in the hour of their need.

Many of those whose houses were burned asked: why was there no water, not only from Caloocan City, but from the other fire departments of Metro Manila as well? If water was not available, were there no other alternatives that the government, through the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Bureau of Fire Protection, could offer? Is that how destitute the government is, in times of fiery calamities?

GOV’T INUTILE WHEN TRAGEDIES STRIKE: The incident impressed upon me two things: one, many officials and agencies of government are really ill-prepared and are not thinking at all of the pressing concerns of Filipinos when tragedies strike, and two, if we wanted help at all, we must turn to God and to no one else, to get that help.

It may have been coincidental or providential or accidental, but surely, something happened when the lady pastor and her family and I united our urgent prayers for God’s deliverance. As it were, God listened to our collective prayers and, in the nick of time, He somehow put out the fire, which was then just two houses away from her house.

Indeed, the prayers of two or more persons, in the name of Jesus, our God and Savior, brings the desired results, for as Matthew 18:19-20 is saying, whenever two or more are gathered in the name of Jesus, He is in the midst of those who pray and anything asked in His name will be given by God. Then, in James 5:16, it is written that the prayer of a righteous man is both powerful and effective.

REMINDERS:Please tune in: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac sa DZEC”, at 1062 kHz on the AM band, Mondays to Fridays, at 6 a.m.; “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas sa Radyo Trabungko FM”, at 103.7 mHz in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Mondays to Fridays, at 7 a.m.; and “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas sa DYKA” at 801 kHz on the AM band (Panay Island), Mondays to Fridays, at 10 a.m.




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