Power of Prayer // 禱告的力量
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.
“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。
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