1. ONE MAN’S TRASH IS ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE
On my way home, as I walked past the basketball court under my block, I saw a lot of rubbish everywhere.
I decided to clear it up. The cleaner nearby, who was an old uncle, came up to me and said thank you. But he also told me that I didn’t have to do that. I assured him that picking up the rubbish was okay with me and that he didn’t have to worry about it.
And at that moment, I felt God prompt me to pray for him. I asked him if I could pray for him, and he said it was okay!
I’m so thankful that I was able to be used by You, to be a mouthpiece of Your great love.
I prayed and God led me to talk about his family. After mentioning it in my prayer, I heard him begin to cry. He shared that his wife had been going through a year of cancer treatments and that it was a struggle for them to get through it.
I explained to him that God loves him and his wife very much. He continued to cry and said he didn’t expect this. After a while, he looked up at me with a smile and said that he really needed this assurance.
Because of God, a 70-year-old cleaner was able to smile in this harsh world. I think that’s super amazing. God, I’m so thankful that I was able to be used by You to be a mouthpiece of Your great love.
2. FROM SINGAPORE, WITH LOVE
One night, while I was brushing my teeth, I closed my eyes and saw this vision of an African American woman with weaved hair.
I asked God: “Who is she?” and He replied: “Sheila Barnes.”
Curious to know who she was, I searched Instagram and found a girl who sort of looked like her. I took a look at her account and saw that she was also Christian.
I felt a tug at my heart to message her, but I was afraid to do it. I mean, why would a Singaporean girl message someone in the US out of the blue? But I decided to obey.
I had planned to text her a generic message along the lines of “God loves you! God will take care of all your needs! But then God put the word “marriage” into my mind.
I was confused and wondered if I should send a message like: “God will take care of your marriage.” But I doubted – what if her marriage was fine and flourishing?
I was so fearful that, after I sent her the message, I immediately switched off my notifications for the next two hours.
To my surprise, she replied and even shared what her struggles were in her current relationship. She opened up about her battles with sin and how her faith was strained because of these struggles.
And amid all this, she had questions about marriage on her mind.
While I couldn’t give her much advice, I reminded her that God loves her in spite of her sin and urged her to continue to seek Him first. This experience made me feel thankful and honoured that God used me – a Singaporean girl who didn’t know Sheila at all – to encourage her.
God is truly in control, all over the world.
3. AN IRREGULAR EYELASH APPOINTMENT
I’ve always had a fear of praying for people.
I didn’t understand how people can pray for others so easily. Then one day, during my regular eyelash appointment at my beautician’s house, I was challenged by God to pray for her.
She would normally initiate a conversation, but didn’t do so this time. With earpieces plugged in, she was watching a show. But throughout our quiet session, I felt prompted to pray for her.
I was scared and anxious. I thought to myself: “God, really? If You tell me what to pray for her, then I will pray.”
God specifically told me to pray for her lower back and funnily enough, my right hand started to feel numb. I took this as a sign from God and made up my mind to pray for her.
As I was leaving, I asked her if she had any pain in her lower back and she said yes, but it comes and goes. That confirmed it for me, so I asked if I could pray for her back. At first, she rejected me and said “next time”, but I told her it would be quick and she agreed.
Five minutes after I left her house, she called and asked me in a trembling voice what I had done.
I explained that I just prayed for healing and comfort before asking what happened. Since she still seemed quite worried, I offered to return to her house to check on her.
When I got there, she told me she was feeling giddy. Strangely, I also felt dizzy when I stepped into her house. I asked her if she had any faith or religion, and she said she prays to another god.
I prayed for her a second time, and after praying for her, I immediately felt peace and no longer felt dizzy. I hugged her and told her that this was how I show love to people.
I later texted her to ask if she was feeling better, and she said yes and thanked me. God is so good!
Believing that God can make all things possible (Philippians 4:13), the FOPx youth movement has declared 2020 as the year of doing the Impossible and is inviting Christ followers to share their Impossible Minute testimonies (#impossible413).
There also other activities planned for the year, culminating in the Impossible Rally to be held on December 10-12, 2020. Guest speakers include Nick Vujicic of Life Without Limbs and Brian Barcelona of One Voice Student Missions. For more details, you can visit the Impossible 2020 website and Instagram page, or join the Telegram group.
- Do you find it difficult to pray for others?
- What makes you hesitate to pray for others?
- How can you partner more closely with the Holy Spirit in prayer?