In trying to find out what happened to Tolleblogge (if anyone knows please let me know) I stumbled across a website in India, Joy of Blogging (Born Again India), by Joy Doddigarla. He appears to be going through a difficult time and was asking for prayer. Having arrived serendipitously I was surprised at the strong urge I suddenly had to pray for him, and as it did not go away I attributed that desire to the Holy Spirit. I left him a prayer in the comments. Joy didnt say what he needed prayer for, but I felt a strong desire to pray for the guarding of his heart and mind against an assault on the knowledge of his salvation. I do not know him, other than that he is my brother in Christ and it appears God has laid a burden on my heart for the current trial he is going through. I have copied the picture from his site so you can see who he is. I find it easier pray for people who I have a mental image of.
While I have come from a Charismatic background, I dont often get these leadings but the few times when they have happened they were/are very strong. So, following along with what is still happening to me, I believe I am supposed to ask whomever God leads to this post to also pray earnestly for Joy. If you dont trust these kind of spiritual leadings thats OK, just trust that a child of God has sent out a call for help and God is answering that call through his Church and you have a chance to be part of it and pray for him. What I would like to see happen is a blogstorm of prayer, a tsunami of intercession go out in his behalf. Please pray for Joy and if God allows add a request for prayer to your site also. I pray that our prayers multiply and that they ascend to the Throne of Grace in intercession for this saint of God in his time of trial.
I know this is a special request and if things like this happened all the time the Christian blogosphere would be overwhelmed by it, but I am trying to be true to the pounding in my heart and the open door of intercession in front of me. I ask you, if God permits, for you to join in.
Grace and peace be to you this day.
Update 5/3/05: Joy’s blog has been down for several days with a database error. The blog, Joy of Blogging, is actually part of his larger site, Born Again India. You can read his testimony here. Prayer continues.
Hi William, I said a prayer for Joy (happens to be my daughter’s name–first time I’ve seen a man with it). I see you have the blogroll for your type, but you’re missing the obligatory link back to the blog–can you please insert TypeBlogs (http://typeblogs.com) somewhere in your sidebar? (preferably above or below the roll) …Thanks a bunch!
I see it now–great–thanks!
Okay, it’s a deal. Actually, the very same thing happened with me when I discovered Dave, who was supposed to carry Christian Carnival this past week, had been in a car accident. I kept thinking about him and did put a prayer request at my site for him. God’s love and peace comfort and strengthen Joy Doddigarla in his time of need.
Thank you for adding your prayers to those already going out for Joy. I have emailed him, hoping to get an update on his situation with a little clarification on what specifically we might pray for, but so far I haven’t heard back.