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Divinely Appointed Labourers

God is the Master Orchestrator, there is nothing more exciting than seeing Him in action!
I have written before how I have been praying and fasting for my dad’s salvation, and how God revealed to me the hindrances that surround him receiving this gift.

There is no use anymore talking to my dad about Jesus as he gets irritated and I see this resilience wrap around him. I would like to say his eyes glaze over, but no, there’s just fiery irritation. So I have been praying that the Lord sends other labourers to cross my dad’s path that he will listen to, and that anything they say about God will be like a fragrance diffused all around him (2 Cor 2:14).

My dad never liked Jewish people – for what reason, who knows? There never is a valid reason anyway, is there? That was until my gran did some research on my grandfather’s family tree and found out we have Jewish bloodline. From way back, but that was enough to make my dad change his mind! Now he thinks they’re just awesome. Fickle. Sigh. He has a lot of Jewish clients, and lately they have been talking to my dad about their culture and God. He told me that they invited him to Shul and he said, “You know what, I think I’m gonna go!”
Now that’s God in action! He may not be directly drawn toward Jesus for now, but he is, at least, toward His Father, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! I will be praying during every time he goes to Shul or interacts with his Jewish friends that God will penetrate his heart and His truth will saturate him; and that the fortresses surrounding my dad will be broken down to the point where he can see his need for a Saviour and accepts Jesus. My cousin has dreamt three times over the past two years of my dad praying and quoting Scripture out loud.

I just love how God works – the very people my dad never liked, God’s chosen, could possibly be the very same who will help draw him to the gift of salvation! Kind of makes me giggle at the sheer awesomeness of it.

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Praying for salvation – the charcoal breastplate

I have been praying and fasting for my dad’s salvation. He just does not believe. When we ask him if he believes that Jesus died on a cross for our sins, his response is “I dunno. It’s just a mystery.” But when you try to explain “the mystery” he does not want to hear it. All he says is that he thinks Buddhism is quite interesting because they are peaceful people. He also has a lot of intellectual strongholds that keep him from seeing the true beauty and simplicity of Jesus and His finished work at the Cross.

But this is why I love fasting. It’s extremely difficult at times but provides so much revelation into what you are praying for!

When I would pray for my dad I would see/picture him with this weird charcoal looking thing covering his whole chest. I did not think anything of it because I thought it was just my mind conjuring up images while I prayed.

But it happened every single time I would pray for him. Eventually I said, “Lord, is this my imagination? Why do I keep picturing my dad with that weird charcoal cover over his whole chest?”

I actually never expected an answer, but immediately He answered and said, “Just as I have provided you with a breastplate of righteousness, so does Satan have his own ‘protection’. The charcoal you see is the covering he has placed over your dad to prevent him from receiving My gospel. Look at 2 Corinthians 10:4 – the word for stronghold there is the same as ‘fortress’. Satan has his own fortresses just like I do. That charcoal breastplate is your dad’s fortress so that nothing of Me can get in.”

Looking at the verse He showed me it says “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds”. Mind blowing right!! I just got this awesome picture of how He truly reigns on His throne. He sees everything and is in control of everything.

So I said, almost to myself, “Oh ok, this is brilliant! I would think Satan would make sure to cover him around his entire body – his back is left completely open from what I see.”

Guess what He said… 

Wait for it…

God is so cool…

 “Cowards attack from the back.”

 Ha! I actually laughed. I can’t get over this conversation! What an eye opener to praying for someone’s salvation! So while my dad is “protected” from receiving the gospel from the front, Satan can keep attacking him from the back, with beliefs in Buddhism, mysteries, intellectualism etc. From what I sensed, that charcoal breastplate is very thick -so there is a lot more fasting and praying that will have to be done!

But God is so exciting!!!
It just amazes me how the Creator of Heaven and earth can come down to my puny little level and give me a glimpse of what is going on spiritually to make my prayers more effective.

God, you are GREAT! There is just no word to describe Your excellence!!