MESSAGE SHARED BY PASTOR PRAKASH IN THE SATURDAY EVENING FASTING PRAYER MEETING AT LEF CHURCH, MOREH, MANIPUR, INDIA ON 27 JULY, 2019
Excerpts as jotted down and paraphrased by Lunminthang Haokip.
1. Let’s turn to John 18:11, “Then said Jesus to Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which My Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?”
2. Friends, Christianity is not just about preaching, doing wonders or seeking a happy life. Jesus walked on water. He raised the dead. And He also drank from the cup His Father had given Him. We read about exercise of great faith in first Century Christianity. They not only did great things but also underwent suffering and sorrow. When we face difficulties, our faith becomes stronger.
3. Are we living life of promises? In the event of sudden death of our dear ones, do we murmur or question God? Do we live static ‘kadam-tar’ type of lives with no forward movement? Some people buy lands and make buildings on them but their spiritual lives are sliding down. Shall we not drink from the cup our Father gave us? We are observing the 84th anniversary of LEF. LEF is a prayer fellowship built on the pillars of faith. Those who left it became TV preachers and prominent leaders. But here we continue to do the will of God.
4. In LEF centres, the oft-repeated question we ask one another is, “Did God speak to you?” If that’s not happening, we are failing to measure up to God’s desired standards. When are you going to drink from the cup as our Lord did? Why LEF-converts should not drink from the cup God gave us? You may say “I am living a life of faith and growth.” But are you drinking from the cup? The promise given to LEF founder, Late N. Daniel, was “A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten in his time (Isaiah 60:22).” If you think about yourself only, you are most vulnerable. You should become a nation (Isaiah 60:22). Your house should be a fellowship.
5. It’s not N. Daniel’s or Joshua Daniel’s Ministry. It’s laymen’s fellowship, not doctorate fellowship. Every converted layman is an evangelist, not trained full-time workers only. You can be an evangelist. In 2 Kings Ch. 5, a small unnamed Hebrew maid came to the scene. Because of her, Elisha was mentioned. Jesus referred the name of Elisha in Luke 4:27. Why? Because of the unnamed evangelist. The ministry of Elisha was confined to the bounds of Israel till then. Because of the little girl, his ministry made a crossover breakthrough. Her qualification was narrated in 2 Kings 5:2.
6. The Hebrew maud had concern for her master. That was her qualification. She lost her parents and friends. Her life was far from being joyous as she was living with strange people. She was young. Her life was not easy. She could have felt bitter. She was in alien land in captivity because of the Syrian king. But she had no bitterness. Naaman, the Captain of the king, had a deadly disease under his majestic uniform. She could have learnt the Word and will of God from her parents. “Should I not drink the cup my Father had given?”
7. The girl had reasons to think, “This captain is the bullying type. I want to take revenge. God heard my prayer. He’s having leprosy now.” But she didn’t think that way. What do you want to be? Like the unnamed evangelist who had zero bitterness? How many times do we blame God? Last night, one brother wanted me to settle his issue with another brother. “Why he said like that? Let him prove that I am wrong.” He wanted to prove a point. I pacified him. What’s the point in proving who’s right and who’s wrong? One may apologise without repentance. No blessing in it.
8. We all should think, why will I not drink from the cup God had given me? The Son of God had taken all the blame on Himself on the cross. We need not argue on who’s right and who’s wrong. The Hebrew girl in 2 Kings Ch. 5 trusted her God. How much confidence do we have in God? When things go wrong, we rush to prayer mountain. God can certainly heal. Can you say to others, “without true repentance and confession of sin, there can be no permanent healing? Come to the Church and pray?” What confidence do you have in the Word of God? This Fellowship has many unnamed evangelists who believe in John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”