Coping Up With COVID-19 Omicron Variant

Coping Up With COVID-19 Omicron Variant

Coping Up With COVID-19 Omicron Variant

It is tough to see what the world is experiencing right now especially when you can see people all around suffering from the Covid-19 virus. A lot of people across the world have been afflicted by this virus despite the practice of the health protocols. You can’t really tell when or who will be infected by the virus and it may even affect not just your physical health but also your mental stability. In these trying times, it is inevitable to feel anxious as you go through the trials in life and the world faces an endless stream of COVID-19 variants that are constantly evolving. Truly there is no assurance when this will end or will it ever end. The only thing we can do is to trust God in each situation.

Maybe you have been struggling with despair and depression as another period of isolation may be coming up in the next few weeks. It is a depressing scenario and the only hope we have now is God and His limitless power and love. As Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This peace can never be found on men or on things that are temporal but it can be found in the One who gave us security in eternity, God our Father.

As social media keeps sending an unending stream of content towards you from all directions, a large section of it being negative and depressing news about the scourge of the virus, it is very important to keep your mind at ease about what is happening in your surroundings. It is important to keep your peace in times like these. The only way to ensure that is by developing your relationship with God and His Word that will keep you calm through every storm you face. Keep the peace that comes from God because that will help you handle challenging situations. If you’re afraid or anxious, pray for peace. God’s generosity in all things is given to those who ask. You only need to ask. If you need healing, He gives healing to everyone who is sick. As the verse said, “Ask and you shall receive”. Peace and healing be upon you!

If you’re struggling and you need to pray for someone or something, we, at the Salvation Garden, bring you encouragement to remind you that you are not alone in this battle. As we pray, lift up our prayers and surrender to God, we become united as children of God. You may send your prayer request through us, and we’ll bring it to the Holy Churches. Visit https://www.thesalvationgarden.org/ to read more and Send Your Prayer Request through us. We would love to bring your prayers to the churches and pray for you.

Coping Up With COVID-19 Omicron Variant

The Pilgrimage Book – The Pilgrimage Route of Miracles

The Pilgrimage Book – The Pilgrimage Route of Miracles

The Pilgrimage Route of Miracles

No matter how hopeless a situation seems, God has the power to change it and perform Miracles. God’s power of healing and performing miracles has been well-documented throughout the Bible. When you pray with full faith He will respond.

At The Salvation Garden our endeavour is to take your prayer nearer to God. Follow the footsteps of Jesus on your personal prayer journey through the Holy Land. Your prayer request will be prayed over at the holy sites where miracles happen.

The Pilgrimage Book is a carved luxurious engraved book specially created for you. It will be a record of your prayer payed on “The Pilgrimage Route of Miracles” journey through the Holy Land.

This one-of-a-kind book will have photos of your prayer being prayed at the holy sites, photos of the holy sites taken during the journey through the Holy Land, and information about these holy sites. The book will have your name inscribed on the cover.

Click here to fill an online prayer request form with your personal prayer. Choose a church or multiple churches in the Holy Land from our website and ‘The Pilgrimage Book’ to order this unique book.

Pilgrimage Routes of Miracles

Here are the five Pilgrimage routes of Miracles to Heal the Body, Mind, and Spirit where your prayer will be prayed. Photos of these holy places and your prayer being prayed at these places will be printed in The Pilgrimage Book and ship to you.

1. The Cave of Elijah

Located on the bottom of the foothill of the north-western corner of mount Carmel, just below the Stella Maris lighthouse and monastery, this Pilgrimage Route of Miracles is one of the most sacred caves in the Holy Land.

This site was named after the prophet Elijah who was based in Mount Carmel. He lived and hid here during a journey into the wilderness.

Elijah was a man of power, a man of miracles, a prophet so worthy that he was taken from the earth in a chariot of fire. Visitors come here to pray daily. There are large ceremonies held several times a year.

2. Capernaum – Jesus’ “own town”

Sitting on the Northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, the ancient village Capernaum –in Hebrew Nahum’s Village – is referred to in the Bible as Jesus’ “own town”.

This is where Jesus chose to live, teach and perform miracles such as healing the cripple and the Centurion’s servant.

The ancient town of Capernaum was uncovered in the early 20th century by the Franciscan fathers who took over the land. Today, it is a very important holy pilgrimage site.

3. Mount Tabor

Since the 3rd century, most Christians have identified Mount Tabor as the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus. It has long been a place of Christian pilgrimage. It is the place where Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant in glory – like the sun.

When in need of a miracle – a personal miracle, a healing miracle, or any other celestial help – believers travel far to visit Mount Tabor and pray.

4. Calvary

Jesus Christ was crucified here. There is a miracle in Mount Calvary which any weary soul who comes to the Cross can receive freely without discrimination.

You can receive forgiveness, love, joy, strength, wisdom, and peace. The Cross of Jesus Christ is the most significant thing that has ever happened in all of history.

5. Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives is a mountain range where Jesus ascended into heaven, and where we wait for Him to return to judge the living and the dead.

This mountain range is made up of three peaks located on the Eastern border of the city of Jerusalem. The highest peak is 2,684 feet and offers a scenic view of Old Jerusalem.

The Eastern side of the slope is at the beginning of the Judean Desert. It separates the Temple Mount in present Jerusalem from the desert.

Surrounded by olive trees that continue to grow to this day, they remind us of the price Jesus paid as our King and Messiah.

How Can The Salvation Garden Help You?

The Salvation Garden believes that every believer in the world should be easily able to access the holy places of the Holy Land. We want to assist you in achieving success in your spiritual and material life.

Those who are unable to make it to these pilgrimage sites, we volunteer to carry your prayers to one of the holiest sites in these lands

Click here to fill the online prayer request form with your personal prayer. Choose a church or multiple holy churches and holy places in the Holy Land.

We will visit those holy places and personally deliver your printed prayer request. You will get the delivery confirmation from us to your email and an optional video.

We also deliver your urgent prayer request to the Holy Land. While our service comes free, your donations help us with our travel, printing, security, and other expenses.

Do not forget to choose ‘The Pilgrimage Book’ after choosing the holy churches to order this unique book. This will document your prayer journey through the Holy Land with photos of your prayer being prayed in each of the Holy Places where miracles happen.

The Pilgrimage Route of Miracles

Prayers for Healing That’ll Bring Peace and Strength

Prayers for Healing That’ll Bring Peace and Strength

Prayers for Healing That’ll Bring Peace and Strength

It is normal to feel helpless in times of physical or emotional hardships. There are many such occasions when you feel as if things will never improve. However, the Holy Bible states that everything is possible with God. So, even when there are obstacles in your life – with your work, health, relationships, or something else, take a moment to sit and make your prayer request for healing. You can feel the difference immediately.

You may not get immediate solutions to the hurdles or crises you face. However, a prayer of healing can offer you great comfort at times when you require it most. Of course, the prayers you say can be for others too. If you know anyone who is facing hardship or obstacle, keep them in mind during your healing prayers. They will also be at peace as a result.

Here are some of the prayers for healing that can bring peace and strength:

1. Prayer to Have Patience Even While Sick

Lord Jesus Christ, you suffered earthly pain and agony but showed us the way to be obedient to the will of your Father. Be close to me at the time of my pain and weakness and sustain me by your power. I pray to you that my courage and strength may not fail. O God, heal me according to your will. Amen.

2. Prayer to Heal a Broken Heart

God, I pray that you heal my broken heart and fill me with joy and peace. I know that you are capable of doing so during this difficult time. Please walk beside me on my way to recovery and healing! I am sure that it is only possible through your power. Amen.

3. Prayer to Comfort You in Suffering

O loving God, I pray to seek your blessings and comfort me during my suffering. Dear Lord, give me the confidence I require to come out of the low phase in my life. Make me always confident in your power, even when I am scared and anxious. Loving Lord, may I always have complete trust in you through Christ, our Savior. Amen.

4. Prayer for Self-Care

God, I seek your blessings today and I pray that you equip me with self-care and strength during all times. I pray that you help me to become patient and wise. I also request you to inspire me throughout the day and take the correct actions to behave well and walk proudly. I pray for all these things in the name of our Lord. Amen.

5. Prayer for Mental Healing

Christ, I know that when you were on this planet, you had to go through tremendous hardships. You had to feel the stress of the earth and went through lots of mental torment. Therefore, I request you could be close to me now and show me the right path during this adverse time. Please guide me so that I can calm my inner turmoil and find peace. I feel safer when you are beside me and have complete trust in you my God. Amen.

6. Prayer for the Sick

May God shower you with His Love and make you feel cherished and safe. May Christ’s healing power breathe across the being now. Amen.

7. Prayer for Healing Their Emotional Pain 

Dear God, I am praying to you for [Name of the Person] and others in my circle of friends or family. They need your special healing touch for their bleeding hearts. Some of these people have received severe emotional wounds. Let them be willing so that you can heal their wounds. I plead with you to take care that they do not become destructive over time. I have complete faith in your power and blessings.

I am praying to you for all those dear ones who are going through extreme emotional pain. Amen.

Irrespective of what the exact reason for your prayer is, The Salvation Garden can assist you. You can key in your urgent prayer requests or prayers for healing on our website. We will take all your prayer requests to a holy site of your choice in Israel and pray for you. Our team members will send you video clips or pictures to assure you. Allow us to pray for you in the Holy Land!

Prayers for Healing That’ll Bring Peace and Strength

Prayer Requests and the Use of Online Ministries

Prayer Requests and the Use of Online Ministries

Prayer Requests and the Use of Online Ministries

A key lesson we have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is that it may not be possible to visit our desired churches and pray to seek His blessings always. It has become more crucial for churches and holy sites than ever before to have an online presence.

So, even when you can’t visit a church in person, you can still sit in front of your computer screens and connect to it across cyberspace. You can have a stronger relationship with our Lord by sending your prayer requests online. Online ministries send these prayer requests to the holiest sites in existence. Thus, the online platforms offer the best opportunities to get connected to Him.

Importance of Online Prayers

Prayers can help believers to rise above the lows in their life. It is a means to offer one’s hardships to the creator who is always ready to give a patient hearing to the believers.

You may fail to observe, but God is always by your side, and He will bless you in abundance. Today’s advanced digital age makes it simple for a community of believers to pray for a common cause jointly. You have to send your prayer request online, and the website will deliver it to a holy site.

A prayer is a powerful tool that can work in miraculous ways. It makes sure one never losses hope, even during a crisis. Here are a few other benefits of online prayers:

1. Makes People More Compassionate 

When you choose an online route to send your prayers, you may get exposed to other petitions as well. Every time you read through the genuine desires of strangers, you feel like reaching out to those people through your prayers.

2. Help You to Get a Reality Check 

You can go through the humble prayer requests and realize how blessed you are as compared to other people. It acts as a reality check and strengthens your belief in the Almighty. There is a sense of thankfulness in you for the many blessings you have got over the years. You also realize that you are not the only person to go through testing times, and this is just a passing phase in your life.

Use of Online Ministries

Where are all the people today? Half the globe’s population today is online. There is hardly any doubt that online ministries have a significant role in delivering prayer requests from millions of people.

These ministries allow believers who are unable to participate in physical services due to physical or geographical limitations. Online ministries create an opportunity to bring believers together over large distances in the name of something positive.

These ministries reach out to seekers, visitors, and members through different types of Internet technology and Web tools. They also promise a real presence to people searching for answers.

The Salvation Garden is a dedicated online prayer community. We are ecstatic whenever there is good news from people who sent their online prayer requests through us. Every time these believers let us know that God answered their prayers, we are thrilled. Your testimonies are valuable to us as we deliver your sincere prayers to the Holy Churches in Israel.

Allow us to pray for you and our team members will take all your requests to the Holy Land and deliver them to a church of your choice.

Prayer Requests and the Use of Online Ministries

Are Some Kinds of Prayer More Effective Than Others?

Are Some Kinds of Prayer More Effective Than Others?

Do Some Forms of Prayers Work Better Than Others for People

The most honest prayers are the most effective and powerful prayers. Christ said after narrating the story of the tax collector and the Pharisee in the Temple (Luke 18:9-14) that it was the tax collector who truly prayed. While we should pray for our needs, prayers should not keep piling up so that our Lord answers to them unwillingly.

We, human beings, live with the future, present, and past. However, our Lord does not relate to time in the same manner. If God did so, it would be a limitation on His part. We should not pray just because we are scared of God’s plan for a particular situation concerning us. We also do not pray to convince that our plan is the better one to carry out.

We pray deep down because prayer is the candid response to the precious gift of life that we have got. Prayer also brings us closer to the people or individuals for whom we are praying. Also, prayer helps us to do whatever we can do such as, visiting ill people. At the same time, we cannot assure the outcome of all situations about which we pray.

You must have wondered why some kinds of prayers are more effective and better than others.

Check out some of the things to consider for answering this question.

Are the Requests We Are Making Good for Us?

We, humans, can be bound from time to time. There are several occasions when we ask our Lord for certain things and think these will be fish or bread for us. However, in reality, they turn out to be stones and snakes. On the other hand, God would not grant any such request that might cause harm to you or your dear ones.

It is about God’s Ways

People may have their wishes and desires, but that is not always the way our Lord wants to see things happen. At the same time, we must agree that His ways are better. The fact is whenever our Lord had His way in the Bible, people got better results as compared to when they wanted to do things their way.

John 5:14 states, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.”

One thing is sure- His ways are much greater than the ways of human beings. Our most preferred desire should be to seek God’s ways, though there are times when it may not make sense to us. That is the reason why Christ told us to pray first in Matthew 6:10, “Your kingdom come, you will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Lord has Already Responded

Many people feel because God says “wait” or refuses, their prayer is ineffective. However, don’t you think a prompt response or denying what we desire is still effective? There are many such situations when God gives an effective and fast denial for our well-being. However, we are too stubborn to listen to His refusal and accept it.

We, at The Salvation Garden, are a prayer community and want people from different parts of the world to enjoy access to the Holy land from their homes. You can fill your prayer request online, and we will hand-deliver your prayers at the holy sites in Jerusalem.

We offer digital documentation for every prayer so that you can connect to the Holy Land from your house. If you are unable to visit the Holy Land for any financial or physical issues, we are here for you. Our team members will collect your prayers and assist you in sending them to God from one of the holiest places on earth.

Do Some Forms of Prayers Work Better Than Others for People

How Would Jesus Pray- Prayers in the Bible

How Would Jesus Pray- Prayers in the Bible

How Would Jesus Pray- Prayers in the Bible

Very often, we are scared to ask for something life-changing, the unthinkable, and enormous. That’s because we are apprehensive God will only fulfill our small requests and thus disappoint us. We also feel guilty for not praying righteously and pray just empty prayers. Christ not only prays for our spiritual protection but also for our physical protection.

Here are some of the ways Jesus would pray, as is evident from His prayers in the Bible:

1. And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark. Mk. 1:35

Christ was aware of how important it is to meet God early in the day can set the foundation of how the day will progress. When we pray first thing in the morning, we get great strength throughout the day,

2. My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done. Mt 26:42

Christ knew that the will of God takes precedence over the desires of human beings. Whenever we pray, we should convey our wishes and requirements to Him. At the same time, we should trust and believe that our Lord is aware of what we need the most,

3. And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will. Mt 26:39

Jesus was not scared to request big things. Our Lord can respond to big prayers. The fact is He loves a heart that believes He can fulfill all their wishes.

4. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Lu. 5:16

Jesus liked to pray in isolated locations. When we get alone, our mind has the space it requires to comprehend life-changing spiritual requirements.

5. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Lu. 23:34

It would have been easy for Jesus to curse the world for the agony and pain he suffered. Yet, He forgave everyone. It is a lesson to forgive all those people who cause us grief and pain. If we start forgiving others, we will suffer from less pain and anguish in the long run.

6. I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. Mt. 11:25-26

While humans easily find faults with God’s will, Jesus praised Him. So, praise our Lord even for the things you do not comprehend. If we believe that God takes care of our bad problems, we will be calm and stress-free.

7. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me that they may be one, even as we are one. Jo. 17:9

Christ prayed for all His loving children. So, let us pray that the heart of all children of God and our hearts stay pure, learn to endure until the end. That is God’s will for all of us.

Which one of Christ’s prayers touched your heart the most? The way He prayed must be an eye-opener for you.

The Salvation Garden virtually opens the gates for you and Christians around the world. We offer you direct access to the holy sites of Jerusalem. Now you can send your prayer and have it physically placed in your chosen worship site in the Holy Land.

We offer digital documentation for every prayer so that you can connect to the Holy Land from your house. If you are unable to visit the Holy Land for any financial or physical issues, we are here for you. Our team members will collect your prayers and assist you in sending them to God from one of the holiest places on earth.

How Would Jesus Pray- Prayers in the Bible

Celebrating the Feast of Michael and All the Angels

Celebrating the Feast of Michael and All the Angels

Celebrating the Feast of Michael and All the Angels

The Feast of Michael and All Angels is also known as Michaelmas. It falls on September 29 every year. The day is close to the equinox and is also related to the shortening of days.

Introducing the Three Archangels
Angels are pure spirits. They are God’s messengers or servants. Angels are on a higher order as compared to humans because they are heavenly or celestial beings. They do not rely upon matter for their activity or existence. However, they are different from saints, which humans can become. Also, angels are immortal and have will and wisdom.

The liturgy celebrates the feast of three archangels according to the Church’s tradition. Michael was the archangel who defeated Satan and his evil angels in a fierce battle to defend God’s friends. He protects humankind from the trap of the devil. Gabriel is the Strength of God and revealed the birth of Lord Jesus Christ to Mary and Zachariah the birth of John the Baptist.

Gabriel’s greeting to Mother Mary is one of the most frequent and common prayers of Christians. It goes like this- “Hail, full of Grace.” Raphael (the Medicine of God) took care of Tobias during his journey.

History of Michaelmas
The roots of this feast date back to as early as the third century. The day was then transformed from a pagan spring festival into a feast day. However, it was only in the fifth century when it emerged as an official feast day. A basilica was built near Rome to honor Saint Michael on September 30. Celebrations started on the eve of that day, and the practice continues.

Celebrations, Traditions, and Customs
As mentioned in the beginning, many nations refer to the day as “Michaelmas.” It is also a harvest feast day. In England, the day marked the election of magistrates, recruitment of servants, and start of university and legal terms. The day also marks the opening of the hunting season for deer and other games. In certain European countries such as Austria, Denmark, and Germany, people drink a wine called “Saint Michael’s Love” on this day.

The foods that people eat for this day differ from country to country. For example, in the British Isles, people ate a fattened goose for prosperity on this day. In Scotland, a big, scone-like cake called St. Michael’s Bannock was the traditional fare.

French like to eat Gaufres or waffles for the day while Italians have gnocchi. Christians celebrate the day to support the wealth and prosperity of the family for the coming year.

You can enjoy direct access to the sites of the Holy Land through The Salvation Garden. Send your prayers, and we will be pleased to direct them to your chosen church in the Holy Land. We only urge donations so that we can make all necessary arrangements such as security and travel.

Please enter your special prayer request here.

Celebrating the Feast of Michael and All the Angels

The Significance of the Nativity of Mary, Mother of God

The Significance of the Nativity of Mary, Mother of God

The Significance of the Nativity of Mary, Mother of God

The Bible does not mention anything about the birth of Mother Mary. However, we do know about her birth. Ann and Joachim, Mary’s parents, possibly looked at her just once to realize how special she was. Her parents revered God a lot and were full of gratitude and thankfulness for being gifted with such a precious child.

Mary was brought up as God’s child.She was taught to serve and love God. Gabriel, the angel told Mary that she was the one chosen to give birth to Jesus Christ. Mary was deeply troubled and exclaimed, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”

The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. …nothing will be impossible for God.”

Mary was a great believer of God. She had deep trust and faith in Him, hence, she agreed to the divine plan.

What is the Feast of Nativity?

The feast of Nativity of Mary, Mother of God, is celebrated on the eighth of September every year. Typically, the church has the custom to celebrate a saint’s feast day on the day they pass away. The day is commemorated as their entry into happiness forever. However, Mary made an entry into the world without committing any sin. The church had been celebrating her birth since the sixth century. It decided to choose a September birth for her because the Eastern Church starts its Church year with September.

Significance of the Nativity

Here are some of the key reasons why the nativity of Mary is so significant for Christians:

Dawn of Our Salvation
The Nativity of Mother Mary is a reason to rejoice as the day is regarded to be the “dawn of our salvation.” In 1974, Pope Paul VI mentioned so in the document Marialis Cultus.

Time for Reflection
Celebrating birthdays not only brings joy to the celebrant but also their friends and family. Next to Jesus Christ’s birth, the birth of Mother Mary brings the highest possible happiness to the planet. Every time, we celebrate the Nativity, we are certain of increasing peace and satisfaction in the world in general and in our hearts in particular.

Celebrating Mary’s Birthday also means Honoring Jesus Christ
The birthday of Mother Mary is special because, without her and her desire to serve God, things would have been so different. The history of salvation would not have been the same without her.

No one knew who Mary was when she was born. However, every time we celebrate her birth, we also remember and honor our Lord Christ. After all, Mary brought our Lord into this world. The Nativity is thus meant to honor Mary, as well as, her son Jesus. We must not forget that the almighty has created every individual with a special purpose and a lot of love.

The Salvation Garden offers direct access to the holy sites of Jerusalem. Please send your prayers and we will place themat your selected site(s)in the Holy Land. We only ask that you help us make this delegation possible by donating towards making arrangements, including travel and security. May the Lord hear our Prayers. Amen.

Please write your special prayer request here.

The Significance of the Nativity of Mary, Mother of God

Why Do Christians Celebrate the Feast of St. James the Greater in July

Why Do Christians Celebrate the Feast of St. James the Greater in July

Why Do Christians Celebrate the Feast of St. James the Greater in July

St. James the Greater is remembered on his Feast Day – July 25 – for being the first of Jesus’ twelve apostles to be martyred. But more importantly, he was one of only three witnesses to the Transfiguration – an event that Thomas Aquinas describes as the holiest miracle in all of Christianity because it happened to Jesus himself.

In the words of Matthew:

“After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.” Matthew 17:1-3

James – the Son of Thunder

St. James along with his brother John, are called “sons of thunder” in the Gospel of Mark, in all probability, referring to their fiery enthusiasm for spreading the word of Jesus. Less spoken about than Saints Peter and John, St. James was, nevertheless, known to be steadfast to the cause when others wavered and committed to the end.

James – Witness to the Transfiguration

Of the Transfiguration, the Gospel of Matthew tells us:

”While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

“When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.” Matthew 17:5-8

Both theologians and historians believe that the most likely location where this extraordinary event took place is Mount Tabor – an ancient elevation in northern Israel, at the edge of the Plain of Esdraelon in lower Galilee. This hill is also mentioned in the 13th century BC inscriptions of the Pharaoh Rameses the Second. The Old Testament mentions Mount Tabor as the site of the Israeli peoples victory under Barak over the Canaanites, led by Sisera, sometime in the 11th century BC.

Mount Tabor rises above the surrounding plains and other hills as the highest landform for miles around. It bears an impressive hemispherical shape with low brush adorning it. It is not difficult to see why so many important historical events have been associated with this hill.

This picturesque landscape is, today, home to the monthly ‘Miracle Walk’, where pilgrims join together to climb up the hillock and experience the same climb that St. James and his fellow apostles would have made when they bore witness to the Transfiguration of Jesus.

How to Pray for a Miracle at Mount Tabor

You, too, can be a part of these divine experiences by offering prayers for miracles at this site. If, by any chance, you are unable to make this vaunted pilgrimage to the holy lands yourself, The Salvation Garden praying community offers volunteers to undertake the arduous trip on your behalf, and offer any prayers that you may want said. Talk to our facilitators for a holy land prayer request fulfillment today.

We, The Salvation Garden, offer you the chance to send your urgent prayer requests for any reason. Allow us to pray for you! Send your Urgent Prayer Requests now.

Our dedicated team members will personally take your urgent prayer requests to a Church of your choice in the Holy Land and then offer them to our Lord. After we bring your prayer requests to your chosen Holy Church, we will send you videos or pictures to assure you.

Why Do Christians Celebrate the Feast of St. James the Greater in July

What is the Meaning of Jesus’ Parable of the Lost Sheep?

What is the Meaning of Jesus’ Parable of the Lost Sheep?

What is the Meaning of Jesus’ Parable of the Lost Sheep?

It is not uncommon to be disdainful of those who consider themselves superior, as a class, than others in general, but you probably didn’t know that Jesus’ Parable of the Lost Sheep was the one of the first such acts of revolt against classism. Why do we say that, you may ask. Here’s why:

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.Luke 15:1-7

During Jesus’ time, the Pharisees were religious leaders by training and they were considered authorities on the law. In those days, laws was equated with morality and people who didn’t follow strict sets of teacher-given laws were looked upon with scorn and considered outcasts. By associating and “eating with sinners”, Jesus admonishes the Pharisees and teachers of the law with his parable of the lost sheep. Note that it wasn’t Jesus’ way to pick up arguments forcefully. Explaining his point of view through small tales and anecdotes was his way of gently pushing his ideas through.

The parable of the lost sheep explains, in terms that ordinary people of the time could understand, how the ‘good shepherd’ worries over the loss of a single sheep and rejoices when that single sheep is found. God, says Jesus, cares and is worried about each one of us. When we lose our way, God will not abandon us. He would keep reminding us, through the goodness of others around us, that there is a better way to lead our lives. For Christians, this goodness comes through volunteers and groups of the faithful who engage in daily prayer.

Nowadays, we would laugh at anyone who tells us that by associating with ‘wicked people’ we are being wicked ourselves. After years of class struggles and bloody revolutions overthrowing those who believed in privilege by birth, it is good to see our expressions validated by someone who lived two thousand years ago. And his fortitude is even more telling considering it led to his persecution and eventual death at the cross.

Today, Christians all over the world pay homage to the life and times of one, Jesus Christ, a carpenter by trade. The Salvation Garden praying community welcomes you to view the monuments of Jesus and his 12 apostles vicariously. We dedicate our lives to offering your prayers at five of the most beloved churches of the holy lands of Jerusalem, Jaffa, and others in the territories of Israel. Talk to us for special visits by our prayer volunteers today.

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6 Reasons Why We Pray in the Holy Lands

6 Reasons Why We Pray in the Holy Lands

6 Reasons Why We Pray in the Holy Lands
For most Christians, the places and sites where Jesus was born, grew up, lived, preached, was crucified, and was resurrected, are not just sites of historical importance but inspirational witnesses to purpose and sanctity of their lives on earth. While prayer is a deeply personal experience, praying in the holy lands as part of a group offers you a chance to connect and commune with God in unison. In unity there is much power.

Here are 6 compelling reasons why the faithful continue to pray and should continue to pray in the monumental churches and shrines of Israel.

1. Strength in Numbers:
To quote from the Old Testament, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”

2. Getting a Glimpse into the life and times of Jesus:
We also offer prayer requests in the Holy lands because seeing, being able to touch and feel, stones, soils, trees, and churches, and being able to smell the same air being moved by forces as ancient to this earth as Jesus Christ himself, can be a profound, possibly, life-changing experience. Through actual images the splendor and majesty of a holy shrine may fully be revealed.

3. Enhancing Belief:
Access to the holy lands can add to your sense of belief in a real and tangible God – a God who created the cosmos but still sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to live among and intercede for mankind. Christian tenets teach us to have faith without demanding proof in God’s existence. But witnessing for yourself, the places in which so many of Jesus’ parables unfolded, gives you a better understanding of biblical references and their place in your own belief system.

4. Learning to Pray the Right Way:
Romans 8:26–27: “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” It is believed that the Holy Spirit will help us when we are unable to form coherent words for prayer. This follows from the verses above.If we pray incorrectly, the Holy Spirit corrects the errors in our prayers before they are offered to our heavenly Father. To support this argument by another example, consider verse 27 of the same book: the Holy Spirit “intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

5. Gaining a More Diverse World View:
The holy lands are unique in that they are the only place where churches of many denominations coexist. Not only do Christian churches pray alongside Jewish synagogues, in Jerusalem, but these are also some of the holiest sites for Muslims and those of the Bahai faith. When you are offering prayers in close proximity to communities with varying rituals and practices, you begin to get better at and gain respect for your own.

6. Learning from the Community:
Pilgrimages to the holy lands of Jerusalem, Jaffa, Capernaum, Mount Tabor, Gallicantu, and the Mount of Olives brings you closer to those travelling with you. You learn to respect traditions, cultures, and discipline. You also begin to learn how to be a better Christian by learning from the strengths of others.

The Salvation Garden virtually opens the gates for you, and for Christians around the world, giving you direct access to Jerusalem’s holy sites. Now you can send your prayer and have it physically placed in your chosen site of worship in the Holy Land. Write your online prayer request here.

6 Reasons Why We Pray in the Holy Lands

10 Things I Learned from the Passion of Christ

10 Things I Learned from the Passion of Christ

10 Things I Learned from the Passion of Christ

The passion of Christ or the suffering that Jesus endured despite being innocent of the crimes the rabbis accused him of, is not merely a history lesson to be reenacted for posterity. There are critical life lessons from the way of the cross that we can carry forward into our own lives. These lessons are not simply to be revisited come Easter week. They have to be considered and practiced throughout the lives we lead.

Here are the 10 most important lessons that the passion of Christ teaches us.

1. Courage: While some traditionalists may believe that Jesus freed us from original sin by sacrificing himself on the cross, the most obvious aspect of the suffering that Christ faced on his way to Calvary is the courage and fortitude that he showed. Being wronged may not necessarily be a part of everyday life but when it does happen, learning the strength with which Jesus faced his trials is a lesson all of us could use.

2. The Willingness to Surrender: God’s divine plan has a logic that may not be apparent in our time. Nor is God responsible for man’s depravity and independent actions. By accepting God’s will in times of adversity, we make ourselves stronger to lead life in more exemplary ways.

3. The Habit of Prayer: Indulging in everyday prayer keeps us morally honest, mentally sincere, and psychologically healthy. Unburdening yourself, especially as part of praying communities does wonders in helping you sort and prioritize difficulties in life.

4. Patience: Jesus knew that he was innocent and that the trials of a manipulated mob were unjust. Yet he chose to suffer and accept death at the hands of his aggressors. His quiet fortitude and tenacity is borne out by his successfully creating an example for the world to follow.

5. Forgiveness: Following off the last argument, knowing how to forgive those who have wronged you is one of the hardest lessons in life. Jesus showed us exactly how this could be done, 2000 years ago.

6. Perseverance: Jesus is said to have been singular in the tenets of his faith despite having the world conspire against him. This speaks volumes about how consistent we should remain and persist in our moral principles no matter how lonely it gets.

7. The Ability to Take on Suffering: Suffering isn’t just physical pain that you may have undergone during an illness or an experience with disability. It is also the mental dejection that you face when you have to depend upon others for the slightest of needs. The passion teaches us how Jesus used the power of prayer when things became too tough to endure. He does express his anguish momentarily. But in the end, he is strong as ever. That is the example we can learn to follow.

8. Emerging from Redemption: There are times when we feel so dejected by the wrongs we may have committed in the past that we fail to see how we can make amends in the future. Every minor act matters as Jesus showed when he chose to forgive the criminal, Barabbas for his small act of kindness by the cross.

9. Looking for Hope: Even when all the world seems against us, being able to see things in perspective and persisting with habits of kindness, justness, and compassion, helps us hold on to our Christianity. Prayer helps as well.

10. Preparing for a Better End: As Christians, we are free to live our lives fully, struggling in the pursuit of a skill, a study, or a calling. We’re also free to love, laugh, and play. But our faith strongly directs us to prepare for a place in a kingdom that’s not of this world.

The Salvation Garden virtually opens the gates for you, and for Christians around the world, giving you direct access to Jerusalem’s holy sites. Now you can send your prayer and have it physically placed in your chosen site of worship in the Holy Land. Write your prayer request here.

10 Things I Learned from the Passion of Christ

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