Posted today from an M we support who is staying at a Bible school this week, great challenge for us all:
Tonight starts their missions week. The walls are thin and on the other side of one wall by our bed is the girls dorm. At 10:00pm last night I heard a bell. It reminded me of YWAM years ago. 😊 It was time for lights out. No more talking.
But then the bell came again at 4:45am. 😳
.......I thought, "oh no, where are my ear plugs". 😬
......But then I began to hear the Bible school girls begin to gather ...and then I heard the sweetest sound... a heavenly sound...as they began to sing ,.... 'Here we are to worship...Here we are to bow down....Here we are say that you're my God.....'
No ear plugs desired anymore.
I know there is nothing specifically holy about having devotions at 4:45, but there IS about devotion, sacrifice, zeal, obedience. I know it must be a rule here at the school to rise early for prayer. But I believe the discipline of prayer sticks with many of them.
The last time I was really challenged with the zeal of the believers, was last month when I was rooming with an indigenous Pastor. I was awoken by a soft muffled sound, to look over at my roommate sitting up in her bed at 4:30am. She was sitting up on the side of her bed praying. She did this every morning all 4 days I roomed with her. She also did it when she entered the room in the afternoon and again at night before bed, sitting on her bed, softly praying.
One afternoon, upon entering the room, she reached out for my hands and said, "let's thank the Lord for the service this morning". I thought to myself, "of course, I was just about to ask you that". 😳🤔
It made me think of the prophet Daniel, praying 3 times a day. And it was not just a thing she did to look holy. Her life is truly anointed.
Daniel 6:10 ....Three times a day he (Daniel) got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.
Romans 12:11 amp
...Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.
'Change my heart oh God.
Make it ever new .
Change my heart Oh God
Make I be like you.'