Recorded towards the beginning of the earthly ministry of Jesus, the verses quoted above are pregnant with meaning. The city of Capernaum had received Jesus with open arms. What joy must have filled the heart of our Saviour to be among people so open to the Gospel message! After spending time alone in prayer, Jesus is bold in the declaration of His purpose. "Let us go!" he says to His disciples. One can sense what is implied in His words – "Capernaum is not the start and end of this mission. No comfort zones for us. Onwards! We must move on!"
We can learn some important principles from this interaction. Firstly, time spent in prayer always results in a renewed sense of purpose. Are you feeling wobbly with regards to your calling? Then, what does Doctor God prescribe? More prayer for you! Your God will clarify and exhort, strengthen and direct, instruct and enthuse, discipline and love. Secondly, time spent in prayer will always result in a "Go!" command. Our God is a god of action. He is always on the move. Certainly, there will be times when He instructs you to wait patiently for something. However, with God, there is action even in the waiting! Perhaps that action is to pray earnestly into the situation or to grow stronger in your knowledge of the word. Lazy waiting is never godly – never! Lastly, prayer results in the cracking of comfort zones. Christians too often settle into an easy rhythm, the kind that would put a baby to sleep. The problem is, is that the rhythm puts their spiritual walk to sleep! Time spent with God will shake you up. Listen for His voice – and then act on what He tells you to do, whatever that may be. You may be a roaring lion for Jesus, but at the moment, you are a lion on sleeping pills!
The beautiful testimony below is that of Mlundisi, a woman who experienced firsthand how time spent with Jesus will result in a renewed sense of purpose. Be blessed – and challenged – by her story.
Yours in Him,
HOLDING ON TO JESUS
Completely in love with Jesus, she sought His face with unending devotion. Having been handed a flyer in town concerning our upcoming crusade, 40-year-old Mlundisi Thembisile from Mthatha knew where she needed to go to meet with her Lord!
Since giving her life to Christ in 1992, her deepest desire has been to know Him more. “I have been holding on to Jesus for twenty years. I am not going anywhere – I will die praising Him!” she professes. Travelling by taxi to the crusade, she had nothing on her mind but to be in His presence. Casting all cares and worries aside, she set her heart on loving Him. “I did not come to the crusade because I was sick, I just wanted to grow under His love.”
Mlundisi enjoyed a precious, intimate encounter with Jesus, an experience that completely changed her outlook on life and gave her a renewed sense of purpose. “I am filled with happiness, joy and hope,” she exclaims, “I feel full of His power!” Intent on making Jesus known to everyone she comes into contact with, her enthusiasm is contagious. “I want to tell everyone around me about Jesus!” she declares. Fired up to lift His name on high, Mlundisi is ready – more than ever before – to win her world for Him!
Tamryn is the founder of In His Name Ministries, an evangelistic organisation dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Africa and the world. Find her on Facebook under Tamryn Klintworth or visit the ministry website at: