In December 2017, my sister and I went to Bukit Doa Immanuel, located in Prigen, Indonesia. Bukit Doa Immanuel is a solitary place provided by our church to everyone who wants to pray. While there, I was prayed for by a woman who ended her prayer by saying, "Don’t be afraid! Entering the year of 2018, you should pray and meditate on the Bible more!"
At the beginning of 2018, there were many problems happening in my family. One of them was that my father, who was previously healthy, was suddenly diagnosed with coronary heart disease. My family and I were worried about both his condition and the costs of medical care. In that situation, we prayed more often and held onto God's words in the Bible. Then I understood that the message from the woman's prayer was truly God's message for me. Thanks be to the Lord, our friends from Christian fellowship also prayed for us and strengthened us. Praise God, for now my father’s condition is better. By the grace of God, other challenges in my life were also gradually cleared up.
There are so many challenges in this life. However, they will not beat us down if we know the key to overcoming them. Yes, the key is to build a life on prayer and God’s Word! In Philippians 4:13 we read, “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” With God, whatever will be, we can bear it and live victoriously.
David is known as a man after God’s own heart. In fact, David’s life was not smooth but very tortuous. Despite his difficult life, David was not disappointed with God, he praised God. David said, “Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle”(Psalm 144:1, NIV). David considered all the challenges of his life as only exercises, and he praised God because he knew that the victory would be his part.
Like it was for David, victory is also part of our lives. However, we will not reach victory if we do not live close to God. In order to be more than conquerors, we must hold onto the key — to build a life on prayer and God’s Word. Let us remember the truth in Romans 8:31: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” If God is for us, there are no challenges in this life that can make us lose.
"Many of us are used to the idea that we might speak to God or to Jesus. Maybe at times it feels like shouting into the darkness or whatnot, but it’s not hard to do—at least as an imaginative exercise. What’s harder—even imaginatively—is to try to hear Jesus speaking to us. Are we just making things up? Are we just using Jesus as a puppet to say whatever we want to hear?" READ MORE