Power of Prayer // 禱告的力量

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Prayer often helps reveal our deeper purpose in life. 禱告經常幫助我們揭示生命裡更深層的目的。

A week ago my senior pastor preached a sermon on prayer.

I have always struggled with prayer in my own time. I guess it has to do with faith, and how little patience and concentration I have.

Something that the pastor quoted really struck me:

“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” – Samuel Chadwick.

This sparked a desire and an ambition for prayer in me. I went home and prayed with faith in the power of my words. I knew I was on the right track when I felt a spiritual warfare raging against me. I was stumbling in my own struggles, weighed down by thoughts I know are not from God, struggling to breathe from the stress of ministering to others - but there is hope! This is what God began to do: revealing to the youth whom I minister to their identity in Him, challenging them to think about His place in their lives and to lay down their desires in honor of Him, and learning to trust in His goodness.

A week ago I was convinced that I did not have a heart for ministry. The power of prayer broke this lie and revealed even more to me.

As a young Christian I was discipled by a couple who had great hearts to be spiritual parents, bringing up sons and daughters of God. When I was presented the opportunity to serve as a leader at the youth ministry in my home church, I realized that with my work schedule I simply could not make it there every Friday night.

Prayer revealed to me that I had inherited my spiritual parent’s organic ministry DNA.

Prayer opened a door for me to minister to these young people outside of a church setting, hence catching a glimpse of what it is like to be a parent. I grieved for my ‘children’ when I watched them deliberately choose not to honor and wait on God. I asked God why it bothered me so much and He told me this is how He feels when I make a conscious decision to sin against Him. I knew I could not just make them go one way or another. I wept for them and God said, “This is how I feel, too.”

God has revealed so much to me this past week and I believe there is much much more to come. It is my prayer that as the body of Christ we will continue to pray the prayers of His heart with faith and power, changing and healing lives, restoring His Kingdom here. Amen.

一星期前,我的資深牧師分享了一篇關於禱告的講道。

我經常為了應否將空餘的時間用來禱告而掙扎,我想這是信心的問題,當然我為人比較缺乏耐性和專注力,這也是重要因素。

牧師所引用的名言實在啓發了我:

“魔鬼唯一關心的就是阻止基督徒禱告。它絕不畏懼沒有禱告的學習、沒有禱告的事工和沒有禱告的宗教。它譏笑我們的辛勞、嘲笑我們的智慧,但當我們禱告的時候,它就顫抖。”- Samuel Chadwick。

牧師的分享重燃了我對禱告的渴望及意願!我回家後透過帶有能力的說話,以信心禱告。我知道我做對了,因為我感覺到一個屬靈上的爭戰正憤怒地衝著我而來,我在自我的掙扎中跌跌碰碰,我知道這個掙扎不是從神而來,而是從事奉的壓力來。不過,我有希望!

以下是神作工的開始:神向我所事奉的年青人揭露,他們的身份是主的僕人。同時,又藉著我刺激他們去思想,神在他們生命中的位置,叫他們去順服和榮耀神,並相信祂一切的美善。

一星期前,我深信我沒有一顆事奉的心,但禱告的力量打破了這謊言,並讓我更了解自己。

當我還是一位新信徒的時候,我接受一對夫婦的信徒訓練,他們對成為年青人的屬靈父母充滿熱情,幫助主內的兒女成長。當我遇到一個機會,讓我能以屬靈領袖的身份,在教會的青年事工事奉的時候,我發現我的工作根本不容許我每個禮拜五抽開出席聚會。

禱告讓我明白到,原來我遺傳了屬靈父母樂於事奉的DNA。

禱告為我打開了一扇門,讓我在教會以外的環境事奉年輕人,也讓我初嘗當屬靈父母的滋味。當我的“孩子”故意不去榮耀和等候神的時候,我為他們悲傷。我問神為甚麼他們所做的事會困擾著我。神告訴我,當我故意去犯罪時,祂也有著這個感覺。我知道我不能強逼他們做任何選擇,但我會為他們哭泣,神告訴我:“我的感覺和你一樣。”

在過去一週,神為我揭示了許多連我自己也不知道的地方,我相信在未來還有更多更多。身為耶和華的身體,我希望我們能繼續以信心和力量尋求祂的旨意,改變和醫治生命,並在這裡復興祂的國度,阿門!

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