“Be Ye Transformed”
Late Mr. N. Daniel
performing the miracle of feeding the 5000, went away for prayer alone. The
disciples were sent away and Jesus was alone. He was not worried about the lack
of conveyance for Himself to reach Capernaum.
The disciples did not feel the need for prayer. They had not entered the real
spiritual arena, where a man of God has to encounter the powers of darkness in
battle. The devil is not very bothered about converted people outside the will
of God. Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable
and perfect will of God." One needs to be continually renewed in the mind.
The Word of God, and the Spirit of God continually
revolutionize one's thinking. When you are in the perfect will of God, the
devil takes you to be his special enemy. St. Paul
was all set to journey to Asia, but that night the Lord guided him to go to Europe. Going to Asia
was good. But it was not the perfect will of God.
question is whether we have entered the arena to fight the devil. If so, you
will know that you have to go away for prayer. Only if you maintain your
spiritual life on the proper level, the living water will flow out of you to
those at a lower level. Jesus' disciples at that time were not spiritually sensitive.
So He let them have their own ways till they came to the position of understanding
their spiritual level. Jesus knew His level, but Peter did not know his level.
Even in the garden
of Gethsemane he was
sleeping because he was unaware of the battle that was going to be unleashed on
him. His strength would be totally inadequate and he did not know it. Jesus was
in prayer in the first part of the night. But the disciples were rowing away. The devil was opposing them
and they could not progress on their way. Only when Jesus entered the boat, it
immediately reached the shore. He came walking on the sea. It is only when we pray, that we discover the
unknown and do new things. When Jesus came into the ship, the wind ceased. It is
an economy of time to be in the will of God. These people were struggling and struggling
till Jesus finished his prayer and reached them. Don't evaluate the cost of
prayer either in money or time. We want to save time by denying God His chance
to work on us and be with us. Finally you find like Peter that you begin to
sink. You will be caught in deep waters. Jesus was never caught like that. As
soon as He reached Gennesaret, they brought to Him all
the sick and He was equal to all their needs. When Jesus was fasting and
praying forty days, all the forty days the devil was tempting Him, because if
He completed those forty days of prayer successfully the devil's kingdom would
be pulled down.
We must be like our Lord. We must be spiritually
alert. At any moment we may confront a need. If sick people flock to us, are we
equal to it? I am asking the Lord for grace to heal every kind of sickness. When
people come to us and when we pray for them they must be immediately convicted
of sin. You must know the measure of strength you have. You must be spiritually
sensitive to understand the extent of strength needed. The need of people is
great. All of you have a share in this work. The sick people sought to touch
the hem of His garment and were healed. For such healing, a humble and holy life