When we hear the stories of movement figures from the past who brought a measure of God’s reality and changed the lives of many people and their own lives to be more divine, then we quickly become amazed and astonished to see God’s miracles were very real through their lives. But we are only amazed, only a few of us are willing to follow ‘the path they have taken’.
They show the path they have taken, that is, they spend more time in their lives praying and fasting than their time in ministry. As a result, their spiritual senses become very sensitive in hearing God’s voice. The hearts that are hungry for the Word and the reality of God are constantly maintained and even abundantly imparted to the lives of many people.
I noticed, the enemy is working on the inclination of our hearts to ‘turn off’ the heart’s intention to follow the footprints that the heroes of faith left behind. At the same time, the enemy also provides ‘other ways to change people’s lives’. As a result, we are busy in the way the enemy gives, and cannot with all our heart, soul, and strength urge in prayer and fasting. The enemy ‘ensnares us with various preoccupations and excuses’ so that they make it impossible for us to build a prayer life as God wants!
For some reason there seems to be an ‘alarm’ that keeps ringing to remind me, which says: Never leave that lifestyle!!
I also received a lesson that Jesus Himself is a person who is diligent in prayer.
Matthew 14:23 (NKJV) And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
Luke 6:12 (NKJV) Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Luke 9:18 (NKJV) And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
Luke 9:28 (NKJV) Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray.
Luke 11:1 (NKJV) Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
Matthew 26:36 (NKJV) Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.”
From the verses above, we clearly see that prayer has become the lifestyle of Jesus. A permanent lifestyle certainly cannot be built in one or two years, but there is a process that is quite long.
These days I am constantly reminded and shocked by what the Holy Spirit said: Sometimes we work harder in doing external things than struggling in prayer! Yet, God wants us to persevere in prayer until He speaks and until we know what to do.
In essence, we exist to serve God in His throne room. We are servants and priests of the living God and King, also children of a wonderful Father. We will reveal His miracles and show the way of life for those in the world system which is destroying human life!!
I am determined to establish a lifestyle of prayer and fasting! I believe this is the path that God has set for conquering the world!#ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus
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