My First Prayer // 第一次禱告

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“When you have an open heart and God wants to use you, He can do absolutely anything, and it’s incredible if you take a little time to stop, look and listen for His work happening on a daily basis all around us.”
「當你把心扉打開,當神想使用你,祂可以做任何事情,如果你每天花一點時間停下來、看和聼祂在我們身上所作的工,那是很棒的事情。」

I came to Christ on October 5th, 2012 and on the eve of the next day I was invited to dinner with a bunch of people including the person who helped me receive Jesus. At the end of that night, people were praying for someone from Thailand and she asked me to pray for him; I told her I have no idea how to pray and it’s ridiculous to think that I, having accepted Jesus the night before, could “pray” for someone random who I had never met before.

She said to me “It’s okay just come and lay your hand on him”, so I thought, “heck, okay why not.” I placed my hand on his shoulder and remembered thinking “just shut up, be quiet and let these people do their thing”. As soon as I placed my hand on his shoulder I felt the urge to say something, but kept thinking to myself, “keep your mouth shut. You don’t know what you’re doing”… It got to a point where I couldn’t help but say something, so I said something…

To this day I did not remember what I said – and all I remembered was when I left, I shared the lift down to the lobby with this guy. Having never spoken to him once during the whole night, he turned to me and said, “Thank you for your prayers, they were so powerful and so meaningful – thank you.” I replied, “You’re welcome,” while thinking I don’t even remember what on earth I had even said…

I’ve shared this story many times, always wondering what I had said but not ever remembering what it was about. Recently, the guy from Thailand told me that he actually recorded the prayer and emailed me the transcript!

It read: “Father just wants you to open your heart to Him and speak to Him … just find a quiet place, feel the power of the Lord working in your life, be open to anything and everything. Ask questions from your heart and all your questions will be answered.”

Reading this transcript eight months later, I’m still dumbfounded and bewildered… How can a new Christian who has never said a prayer in his life come up with something like that, that  ”really spoke” to a random guy he had never even met before?

I can honestly say when you have an open heart and God wants to use you, He can do absolutely anything. It’s incredible if you take a little time to stop, look and listen for His work happening on a daily basis all around us. This random guy is now a dear brother and friend of mine and I thank God for some of the most unexplainable, coincidental and unreal experiences that have happened over the last 8 months.

Stay low, go slow and stop for the one. Go and be a blessing.

我是在2012年10月5號開始歸信主的,第二天晚上我被邀請與一群人一起吃晚飯,包括帶我接受耶穌的朋友。接近那個晚上的尾声,大家爲了一個從泰國來的朋友祈禱,我的朋友也叫我為他祈禱,我告訴她我完全不知道要怎麽祈禱。而且我想,我方才在前一晚接受耶穌,怎可能可以為一個素未謀面的人祈禱呢?

她跟我說:「可以的,過來把你的手放到他身上吧。」我想:「好吧,一試無妨。」我把我的手放到他的肩膀上,然後我記得我在想:「不要說話,安靜,讓這些人做他們要做的事情。」當我把手放到他肩膀那一刻,我感覺到想講話的衝動,但我不斷跟自己說:「不要開口。你不知道你在做什麽。」到了一個時候,我再也不可以抗拒,我一定要開口講話,所以我就講了一些話。。。

到了今天我也不記得我說了什麽,我只記得那天我離開時,我跟這位男士坐同一部升降機到大堂。我們整晚都沒有交談過,他轉過來跟我說:「謝謝你的禱告,你的禱告充滿了力量和意義,謝謝。」我回應道:「不要客氣。」其實我在想我一點都不記得我說過了什麽。。。

我已經把這個經歷分享過很多遍,我常常在想我到底說了什麽。最近,那位泰國男士跟我說他其實把那個禱告錄了下來,還把那個内容放到電郵發給我!

那邊是這樣寫著的「父呀,請你把他的心開啓,並跟他說話。。。找一個安靜的地方,感受神在你生命中的作工,對任何事情以及所有事情都抱著一個開放的態度。由心出發地去問所有問題,這樣你所有的問題都會得到回應。」

八個月後看著這份禱告辭,我依然覺得很驚訝和困惑。。。一個從未禱告過的初信基督徒怎麽可以想到這些話 – 這些對一個素未謀面的陌生人有著意義的話呢?

我只可以誠懇地說,當你把心扉打開,當神想使用你,祂可以做任何事情。如果你每天花一點時間停下來、看和聼祂在我們身上所作的工,你就會發覺個中的奇妙。這個陌生人現在是我一個很要好的弟兄和朋友。感謝神在過去的八個月所給我那最難以解釋、最巧合、好得不真實的經歷。

保持謙卑、慢慢向前,然後爲那一位停下來。起步去成爲别人的祝福吧。

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