the nothingness of prayer.
I believe with all my heart that should revival come to R-AGE, it would arrive by the prayer of its people, not by the pursuit of its programmes. We’ll pray and seek the face of God and (it is a relief that) that’s all we need to do. I aspire to depend on prayer alone to bring revival to this generation that I serve. Only then will God get all the glory because no one will be able to claim the credit for the work done in the hearts of the young people that He will redeem.
When we are truly engaged with God, we will naturally do the things of God – which includes preaching the Gospel, bringing friends to church, discipling younger believers, praising and worshipping with abandon, helping those in need, encouraging our friends, giving generously to the poor, getting involved with missions and praying some more.
There is nothing more powerful and satisfying than being in the presence of God. While I can only vaguely comprehend why the Psalmist proclaimed, “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere”, I do opine that it’s only when we pray without agenda and come to God without a prayer list, that we truly can liberate ourselves to discover what and how He wants us to pray. Perhaps that’s what it means to pray in His will.
Prayer lists and set agendas in prayer meetings have its purposes of course, but there’s something very anointed and supernatural when we are truly in tune with the Spirit of God. I know I am repeating myself but I cannot help but stress this in reiteration. Again and again.
WY blessed me with a George Mueller book, my first classic, that really addresses and reverberates the journey of prayer that I am taking and will continue to take in greater intensity. In the opening line of Answers to Prayer, Mueller writes,
“I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter.”
What a gripping statement of truth! May I eventually learn to pray like that. Hence, I am inclined to think that this is the dichotomy of the situation – we either trust God completely or we don’t; any in-betweens compromise the spiritual reality of praying in the will of God.
Can’t wait to get through the gems contained in the book. Can’t wait to engage God with fresh perspectives.
In an attempt to expand my perspectives on “investment”, I’m inclined to think that it should not and cannot be tied to just monetary terms. There’s also the investment of time, energy and resources, which money cannot and will not be able to purchase.
Many men and women have invested into my life ever since I became a Christian and a lot of them will not be able to directly gain the returns of their investments made at various key intervals of my life.
Likewise, a lot of what I am about to do with young people and with the youth ministry, I may not be able to see or touch the returns. Youth ministry is a transient place to say the least and while major decisions are made during this time, most of its consequences and effects would not surface until years later, when these youths have exited the ministry.
I believe that if we wait long enough, people usually would surprise us with their good side – something I learnt from Randy Pausch’s “The Last Lecture”. And in youth ministry, most times, it’s always about being patient and looking beyond the immediacy of the circumstance and to help the young person see what you see too. I think that everyone at any point in time is relatively myopic. This is mildly non-sequitur but there is nothing more satisfying than to play a part in bringing out God’s best in a young person.
The invaluable investments that people like RY, PL and JH have made in my life – maybe their kids will be recipients of their investments. In fact, it is very probable that all of their children will be under my care within the next 10 years, providing I’m still at it. And maybe, if I’m allowed to think a little more selfishly, these investments that I’m making and about to make in young people – my kids will be indirect recipients of my time, energy and resources. And maybe that makes it all a little more worthwhile.
Now, that’s what I call a risk-free investment.