With holidays just around the corner, God has been revealing more and more about the bountiful harvest that is coming. Preparation of that season has been humbling for I see the molding God is doing deep in my soul. He has been pushing me to pray more; giving me a greater heart for prayer and to build up a prayer movement. Whether it be about future projects in villages or for supporters, He has spoke. Despite the uncertainty of how God will use me in year 2, prayer has been God’s answer all along. My leader and I have brainstormed many times, but perhaps I have not taken it to The Lord enough. So, with the hungry heart, I heard Him tell me a fast is necessary. Especially with a 36-hour prayer event that happened at the end of November, God told me to pour myself into individual and corporate prayer.
On the day of the event, I was reminded how Jesus explained fasting and when they were unable to cast a devil from a suffering man that there is a level of spiritual power obtainable only by “prayer and fasting.” (Matt. 17:14-21). Wanting to see breakthrough in God’s movement more clear, obeyed by praying and fasting. As the night went on and my eyes were getting heavier, He started to open the eyes of my heart and speak to me about with joy. God told me I’ve looked for joy in the wrong areas of my life and reminded me of the true and long-lasting joy He offers when I draw near to Him through His Word, prayer, and fasting. From that point on, He has been giving me indescribable amount of joy through His Word.
In the past, I think about how I read the Word with an empty heart in hope to grow that hunger I thought I wanted. Every book… every chapter… every verse was a struggle to read since my eyes would do one thing while my heart was was thinking another. However, for the first time in a while, I felt joy just being in His Presence as I began my whole-bible reading plan. Pray that I may maintain the joy and discipline in being in His Presence daily through His Word. Another area of my life that I’ve recently struggled to find joy in is language learning. I feel like this past month, I’ve hit a wall with language learning after I finished my language textbook.
People around me (locals & expats) have reassured me multiple times that my progress has been surprisingly quick. I, on the other hand, tend to compare myself to others around me and feel I’m not where I should be. Pray that God will reveal my unknowings with language and He would give me the wisdom and power to understand more deeply.
- Ask God to raise up a prayer movement and a disciple making movement in Artesia. In particular, pray for more workers to be sent out into the harvest.
- Pray for God’s hand over me and my activities during this solitude season of growth and joy.
- One of the things that my team leader and I are currently discussing right now is potential projects for me to lead starting May. Pray for clarity and God-sized visions!
Sidenote: I, also, attended my teacher’s daughter’s wedding and wow, the festivities were crazy! The dance floor was shaking and music was so loud I could barely hear person next to me. If I am able to post this one video, I will attach it soon! *The picture show the seats for the bride and groom and their massive table of various foods!