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devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Wednesday, Jan 12, 2022

Firefighting on knees

Nehemiah 1:4 “So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.”

I know there are many young men and women who would love to be ambitious and daring like Nehemiah, but nothing works without prayer. Are you listening? Nehemiah did not rush through things but first he sat at His feet, wept, fasted, prayed and mourned for many days! Power starts here! Where? At His Feet!

When I prepare for a convention meeting, where I have to share the Word consecutively for three days at a stretch, the devil would try to attack me from all quarters. Right from the time of traveling to the time of preaching, it would be fire-fighting all the while; however, since I would have prayed, fasted and spent much time at His Feet, I would be able to resist his evil devices. In a particular village, where there was tremendous opposition for the Gospel, I was preaching in an open air meeting, while I was preaching, a group of drunkards sat close to the venue and started abusing, mocking and distracting the meeting, they even went to the extent of man-handling the pastor who had arranged the meeting. That particular day, I was standing on a bullock-cart and preaching the message, however; I continued to preach and never gave in to fear. That was surely a thrilling experience! However, my husband and me had fasted and prayed before the meeting, hence God’s protection was with us not only through the meeting but also after that. Praise God!

Being a mother of two children and a wife, besides serving as a servant of God, I had many challenges to face; I had to be a ‘Firebrand multi-tasker!’ Only because of His grace, I was and am able to walk the tightrope between the roles as mother, wife and His servant, with an oeuvre that showcases a mix of wisdom and strength.                                                 

I can quote many examples in our ministry and my life, where prayer and fasting had sustained me during difficult times. Today, if you are dealing with an unsaved husband/wife, rebellious children, financial stress, whatever, fight the enemy on your knees like Nehemiah. I challenge you today to let God be your strength! Let Him take over the load in your life. You cannot win the battle watching NETFLIX, kneel down to pray. Trust Him with your life. The battle belongs to God!


 

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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