Have you ever felt like a catalyst? A catalyst is “an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action”. So put simply, a catalyst is something that helps the bigger something happen faster.
I feel as if I’ve been that for the past 6 weeks. I say this not to boast, but to share how God has humbled me. Here in East Asia, there are already people working to make God’s name known and I feel that God just picked me up and placed me in the middle of it all and said “Pray. That is all. Just Pray.”
“Pray Continually” – 1 Thessalonians 5: 17
There were many times when I would sit down and pray for God to allow us to share with those around us and God was faithful. He allowed my partner and fellow Christians to share. And it’s a pretty cool thing to watch. You pray and God answers.
The first couple of times it happened it was just way cool, but after a while I started to wonder if I was really needed at all. I mean these people really didn’t seem to pay attention to me except for the fact that I was a foreigner and it seemed as if they were going to hear about God whether I was sitting there or not, so what was I doing here? As you can see, something that God wanted to grow in my life quickly got attacked by the enemy.
I love to pray! When I first realized that most of my time would be spent praying, I was excited! But then I started to doubt. There was a part of me that wanted to justify being here with how much I got to share. I mean as a follower of Christ sharing with everyone around us is our duty, right? Right. And I was prepared to share, but why wasn’t I able to.
I was praying that those around us would hear. God wants people to hear, so I was doing the right thing. I invited friends out for meals and I prayed before we met and while we were meeting, so I did that right also. I even prayed that God would allow His Spirit to give me words so that I would not lead people away with what I say. It seemed as if I was doing everything right, but not quite. What was I doing wrong? Then one day while I was having my quiet time I read this:
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.” – Luke 10:41-42
When I read this I felt as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulders! I am going to repeat what I said earlier: Here in East Asia, there are already people working to make God’s name known and I feel that God just picked me up and placed me in the middle of it all and said “Pray. That is all. Just pray.”
God already has a plan for how His name will be glorified! He didn’t need me worrying about when and how people got to hear about Him! One thing is required of me and that is prayer. I am filled with joy when I say God continually transforms the way I think about prayer. By the Grace of God and for reasons only known to God, I got to see prayers answered so quickly I began to wonder what He was doing. I got to sit back and talk to God while He revealed His heart for His children to me and that was a blessing.
By Aman, student at UT Austin. She served in East Asia this summer through Go Now Missions.
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