21 Dec GET READY TO BE USED! By Pastor David Yonggi Cho
Mark 9:23, 29 Amplified Bible “…all things can be (are possible) to him who believes. And He replied to them, This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” -Jesus
Several years ago, I felt a burden to fast on a particular day. Although my schedule was such that I needed my strength, I could not ignore the “still small voice” of the Holy Spirit directing me. I skipped the evening meal with my family. The next morning, I did not have breakfast, and at lunch, I knew I was supposed to fast. Speaking to a ministers’ meeting in the morning, a businessman’s fellowship in the afternoon, and the Mission Department that evening, I was taxed physically; however, my spirit was buoyed by the knowledge that God was directing me. That evening again I knew I was to fast. Why was the Lord directing me to fast? I had no answer. I did not know of any purpose until the next morning.
The next morning while praying, I told the Lord, “Dear heavenly Father, I am available for whatever You want. Although I don’t know exactly what You want me to do, I know I am willing, able, and ready to obey You.”
As I arrived at my office, I found a couple from our church waiting to see me. “Pastor Cho,” the mother, her face showing stress, said, “Last night our little girl lost most of her sight. We were at dinner. As she picked up her spoon, she told us that she could not see it.” Picking up a handkerchief to wipe away the tears that were falling freely down her cheeks, the mother continued, then she told us, “She could not see her socks and shoes. So we rushed her to the hospital.”
As I continued to listen to her story, I suddenly knew why I had been fasting. “What did the doctors say?” I asked.
“The doctors told us that she had an inflamed optical nerve that showed signs of decay. After closer examination, the doctors said that her central nervous system was also affected and that she would be paralyzed in her midsection.”
The mother then went on to describe their own conditions: “We are really afraid that our daughter may be paralyzed, blinded, and may even die. We are really discouraged. Pastor Cho, what can we do?”
I explained that I would pray for her and then visit her in the hospital. I could give them assurance in faith because I knew that the Holy Spirit had been preparing me for this battle with Satan throughout my prayer and fasting.
The next morning as I walked into the girl’s room in the hospital, I was told that during the night her condition had improved. My faith having been built up during my fasting, I was able to pray with great boldness, binding every evil force trying to destroy this child of God. The doctors were amazed at the quick recovery the girls experience as a result of the prayer of faith. Now the girl is whole by the grace and mercy of God.
Why do I share this story with you?
God is looking for men and women who will be His emergency task force to combat the forces of the devil. The Holy Spirit wants volunteers who will be on full alert whenever there is a crisis. I have told the Holy Spirit that I wish to be on that task force of spiritual volunteers.
We are at a crucial point in the history of the church. The enemy knows that the hour is late, and he is poised to attack every Christian family, church, and organization. We have been assigned by God as the salt of the earth. Will we fulfill our responsibility—or will we ignore the signs of the times?
The hour is not too late to begin a life of prayer. If you desire revival, there has never been, nor are there now, any shortcuts to revival. The only key to revival is prayer. However, it must begin in you and me. Allow the Holy Spirit to spark your life with the match of faith! Let the spark spread throughout your entire church, causing a fire that will eventually engulf your city, state, and nation. Let it begin now! If not now, when? If not you, who? If not here, where?
Please pray with me:
Dear Holy Spirit, fill me now with Your power. Cause me to desire a life of prayer. Cause me to see the need and to volunteer in Your prayer army. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.
Excerpt from: Prayer That Brings Revival, by David Yonggi Cho