February 12, 2018 by Kgalalelo
There are many times that you don’t know what to pray for and sometimes don’t even know what to say. I had one of those incidences last week Wednesday. I sat in the presence of the Lord in my prayer and meditation room and didn’t know what to tell Abba Father. All I knew was that I had come that early in the morning to be with the Lord. I sat for sometime in silence and right there and then a colleague of mine popped in mind and I saw myself holding her hands and praying for her. She had been going through difficulties in the relationship with her estranged husband and because there is no time and space in the spirit, I held her in my imagination as I prayed for God’s grace to be with her throughout her ordeal. I never prayed for myself and when I was done I realised that I wasn’t meant to. God wanted me to intercede for my colleague and when I got up I said “God use me”.
I had been praying for myself daily asking God to bless me with different things that I thought were lacking in my life and then remembered what my former pastor who led me in the Lord said. He used to say that God said ‘build my house and I will build yours’. I didn’t even know that it was scriptural. I was still young in the Lord and fed spiritual milk for Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:2 says “I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it”. I took in the Word like a baby even if I didn’t quite understand. Read 2 Samuel 7:1-29, It’s quite a lengthy scripture for you to understand the context about building God’s house as well as Haggai 1 and 2.
I belonged to a home-cell in those days and my mentor would reiterate the message every Wednesday at the meetings. I was a young Christian, trying to find my feet but I thank God that what was deposited in me in those years, I never forgot. The knowledge remained with me until it was time for it to be released or brought into remembrance and last week in my prayer room, the meaning was revealed.
I realised that I had to do my bit and partner with God and do His work that He may go about attending to my issues as well, the ones that were troubling me in everyday life. If I focus on Him, then He can focus on those issues in the meantime and resolve them the best way He knows how. I felt good about my prayer time that I had achieved much in just a short space of time. I had prayed for just one person and it was sufficient as she needed God’s intervention in that moment for the difficulties she was facing. The Bible says that “there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10).
This is evidence enough that every life matters to God even if it’s a single soul. Jesus gave us the parable of the lost sheep in Matthew 18:12-14 that a shepherd leaves his flock of ninety-nine sheep to find just one lost one. This represents unity that all sheep belong together in one enclosure. One person is as important to God as the many because all of us has the spirit of God inside of us. It is the spirit of God that animates us. We live and move and have our being in God (Acts 17:28), there’s no other way around it, above or below it. It’s all in God and all possible with God. We are in Christ as the children of God.
I left my prayer room knowing that everything in my life would be taken care of by God Himself. I didn’t need anyone or anything but God. He knows the times and the seasons that everything needs to happen and if we put our complete trust in Him and take our eyes from what is troubling us and give it to God, He is always faithful and provides perfectly.
Once you ask God to use you and begin to build His house, situations and people present themselves who and that require your help, input or intervention according to the anointing that God has bestowed upon your life. The challenge is that we don’t trust ourselves enough even if we have asked. We need to learn to be open to all manner of ways God will present the assignment. It is in this time that we should keep on beseeching God for strength and grace to carry the mission forth. God is an enabler and He won’t give you more than you can handle. If He gives you an assignment, He knows that you are capable because it is Him in you who is in operation according to the abilities that He has entrenched in you. The Bible says that we should be confident “that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
We often fall into the trap of comparing ourselves with other people. We think that there are certain people who have been given certain things or gifts but with God, if an assignment shows up, it means the skill, talent and the competency are there in you to do His work. God will never ask you to perform surgery if you are not a medical doctor, but He can use you to pray for someone facing surgery and perform supernatural surgery Himself. How many people have we seen completely healed and some following tests would be informed that there are no traces or whatever the doctors said they had found. God functions differently from man and it’s my prayer that I may always trust the Lord and trust in His abilities and not mine. I pray that I may be an empty vessel without the heaviness of doubt in me and I pray that for you too. I pray that I may also always return to my own blogposts and read them as God is ministering to me and you together, I’m just an instrument.
There is a well-known writer who once said that when he starts brooding about how things are going wrong in his life, his son always says to him, ‘father, read your own books’. He is a spirit-filled man, who walks and moves with God but you would agree with me that even the man of God is susceptible to the issues of life. He gets challenged and stones are thrown at him too that at times, weariness creeps in when He is unguarded. My pastor always say ‘pray for yourself’ because he knows that in ministering to others and doing God’s work and building God’s house, there will be people who try to challenge you, break the wall that you have already built and even ask you who do you think you are. If God has called you then it settles it, you are not answerable to nobody but Him.
If you read the book of Nehemiah, he also faced opposition when he was rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. The Bible says that when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite and Geshem the Arab heard of his intentions, they laughed, mocked and despised Nehemiah and the Jews that were helping him. He answered them and said “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us” (Nehemiah 2:20). Nehemiah had to defend the wall against the enemy. He prayed to God to return the criticism to where it came from. When the enemies saw that indeed there was progress in the rebuilding of the wall, they conspired to attack and create confusion. Nehemiah said to the leaders of Israel “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses” (Nehemiah 4:14).
Nehemiah put his trust completely on the Lord. He knew that he couldn’t do anything by his own strengthen but the strength of the Holy Spirit. When you are building God’s house, you can speak boldly like Nehemiah, knowing that the God who gave you the project, will see it to the end. You need not worry about the mockers and those who seek to destroy because they do not have power nor the proficiency in themselves nor can they stop what God is doing through you.
As God uses you for His assignments in the building of His house ask Him also to strengthen your hands, as He strengthened Nehemiah’s and when the work has been completed, the enemy will fill disheartened as they realise that God’s work cannot be halted by any man.
I thank God for the message and realise that I as ask Him to use me, I should surrender so that I give Him free reign. As He guides, move with the Holy Spirit and abandon resistance. Amen.
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. &
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