Hey hey hey!
So, I wasn’t sure if I should share details or just kinda share my lessons from my prayer experience last week. But I’ll just share details, who knows, someone might be in the same situation.
Here it goes: my sis and I have been planning to move to another apartment for a while. Our current rent expires this month or next, so we obviously need to find a place as soon as possible. We honestly want a cool place that wouldn’t give us some of the issues we have in our current place. I work at Lekki and my sister works on the Island as well, so it’s only smart to get a place on the Island.
But ehn, rent on the Island is a lot and what we currently have can’t get the kind of place we want at all!
I started putting pressure on myself to quickly start a business with the money saved up. This doesn’t look like such a bad plan at first, except that I didn’t have that deep-rooted peace the will of God gives. As far as I’m concerned, my reasons for wanting to start a business weren’t pure and honestly lacked God’s approval.
Then, last week, as I walked to the bus stop to get a bus to work, I felt a need to speak in tongues. I got to work and still, the burden was there. I often do my short quiet time at work since I get there early, so I just carried my journal and went to a secluded place.
I kept praying in the spirit and soon knew that God wanted me to quiet my soulish desires. That’s really what happens when we pray in the Spirit, the desires of our flesh begin to get quiet till we’re clear on what the spirit wants.
I wrote in my journal about the decision I wanted to make concerning starting a business and how I was finally surrendering it to God. I asked that He please show me His will, if it was to start a business now or rest.
I used that word; REST (It’s important to remember this).
We had a conference few weeks ago at my church and Pastor Chingtok (just go and get his messages) talked a bit about prayer. He said the title of this post and it has stayed with me since then: prayer is for the humble.
He explained that believers mostly go to prayer, assuming they already know the will of God concerning a situation, so they take their prayer points, present it to God and ask Him to bless their plans. This seems ok, but we soon realize that sometimes our very good plans are very out of the will of God.
Prayer is for the humble: for the one who goes to God admitting that they know nada and need clear directions from the Holy Spirit. No matter how little the confusion, Holy Spirit is always willing to tell us His will if we get quiet enough and come to prayers with sincere humility.
So, back to the part I asked God sincerely to tell me His will. I really want to start a business, but maybe it’s not the time. Who starts a business because they need quick money for rent anyway!
Remember, I had specifically used the word REST.
‘Coincidentally’ (or not!), I remembered the verse that says I’ll hear a voice behind me saying this is the way, walk in it. I decided to ‘coincidentally’ read the preceding verses and what I read made me almost fall off the chair!
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.
Isaiah 30:15 NIV
For me, one word stood out and it was REST.
I was so blown because I had just asked less than 10 mins before if God wanted me to rest on the house matter or start a business.
I was grateful and went back to my seat to begin work. Then I opened my phone and the first notification I saw was from Proverbs 31 woman devotional. Guess what the title was?
This time I shouted, Haha! My colleague asked what the matter was, but I couldn’t share because this was too special to me. In one morning? Just because I had laid my plans down and come humbly to prayer? Mahn, I want more!
I was on a high that day ehn, Holy Spirit shisha! Gosh, even writing this makes me so thankful. That same day, I asked what He thought concerning an issue I’ve been praying about and the verse I heard immediately was ‘this goes not, but only by fasting and praying’.
And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. “But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
Matthew 17: 18-21
I didn’t even know where that verse was, but I’ve learned that if you’re faithful enough to read and study the Word, it will comeback just when you need it most.
I told you guys that today was story time. It’s been more than a week, but I’m still super grateful for that experience. If only we’ll always obey when we feel the burden to pray. It’s for our own good anyway! And many times, it may be that Holy Spirit is calling us to pray for more serious issues than rent.
A lady at church gave a testimony on Sunday of how her cousin or so (the person she shares the same bed with) had sudden health issues and almost died. She said she was pained and asked God why He didn’t even hint her that something like that was about to happen, so she could pray.
Then Holy Spirit reminded her of the Sunday before, our Pastor had felt a burden about death and we prayed fervently about it. She had prayed like a crazy woman and said she told herself that anyone watching her was in for a show because she prayeddd, as in MFM style.
And I was so touched because I sat directly in front of her that Sunday and was one of those wondering…LOL. But God knew, and He must have placed a deep burden on her heart to pray it out till she felt peace.
God is too intelligent to be random. If there’s a prayer burden, just pack up and go pray it out.
One thing I want you to take from our story time today is that prayer is for the humble.
Don’t ever pray, assuming that you’re assistant Holy Spirit. Even the Bible tells us we know not to pray for as we ought, but the Holy Spirit helps us.
I pray that you’re blessed by this and that going forward, you’ll take all your small and big decisions to God so He can tell you His will.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
1 Peter 5:7
Love and light,