How are you? Hope you had or are having a good day today?
Have you felt one of your callings is to intercede for others? When I was watching a worship service online, I saw a prophetess coming down from the altar and pray over a middle-aged lady. She said to the lady what the Holy Spirit was speaking, “Did you feel poked and get wide awake in the middle of the night? That was Me. Thank you for your prayers.” She delivered the message that the Lord woke the lady up in the middle of the night for her to pray. When I heard that, I said to myself, “That’s me!” Since I started to dream many dreams last year, I sometimes got wide-awake like at 3 or 4 am. Sometimes, I woke up from the dreams to go to the restroom. Other times, without feeling like going to the restroom, I simply got wide-awake in the middle of the sleep. When I was a student and worked for two companies, I used to get up early in the morning and came to the workplace early. But it was never easy to get up early in the morning, and I think I’m not a so-called morning person naturally. Sometimes, I had to get up with two alarms and many times, I had to snooze my alarm. It was purely out of the sense of responsibility to get up and start my day early at that time.
After I was baptized by the Holy Spirit in Singapore, I used to get up at 4:30am to have enough time on reading the Bible and praying before going to work. But it never became natural to me, but rather impossible to get up early without alarm or without the help of the Holy Spirit. Now that I don’t work for any company and I’m flexible, I tend to get up late, after going to bed late. Then, strangely, I started to have this experience to get wide awake after three or four, even when I didn’t go to the restroom. After I watched and heard the prophetess speaking to the lady online, I felt that it must have been the Holy Spirit to poke me to wake me up.
I didn’t hear the Lord calling my name as He did to little Samuel, “Samuel, Samuel!” But I thought it was Him waking me up. Though not daily, whenever I woke up in the middle of the night, I said to the Lord, “Father, what do You want me to pray over?” and I would start to pray in tongue. I simply prayed in tongue, thinking of nations and people in my mind. It didn’t take long, but I simply prayed in tongue for a while and got back to sleep. But one day, when I had a really long busy day, I said to the Lord before going to bed, “Father, I’m so tired today. I’d like to sleep through till morning, without waking up in the middle.” Graciously, I found myself sleep through till 6:30 am in the next morning. I knew our loving Father wanted to give me a long sound sleep when I needed it.
Yet, I felt the Lord want me to be His watchman and to intercede for my family, friends and nations. And the gift of Tongue is all about praying in the Spirit, according to His will, even though we don’t understand it without the gift of the Interpretation of Tongue. Looking back at my days in the past, I think He already planted His purpose in me. When I worked in Shanghai, I took over an apartment from one of the elders in my church as a tenant. At that time, we had our Friday homegroup meeting in the elder’s place. The apartment was very large, almost 180 square meters, with three bedrooms, two restrooms and a spacious living room and dining room. I never imagined the rent for that space was almost the same as my rent in 66 square meters of one bedroom apartment at that time. Then one Friday, reaching the elder’s place for the homegroup meeting, I simply thought to myself, “I like this area too. If I had known more about the towns in Shanghai, I could have found my place in this area.”
Though I liked my apartment and the nearby area in Shanghai much at that time, I also liked my elder’s place and his neighborhood. Interestingly enough, on that Friday, I got to learn the elder’s family had been searching for a tenant to take over his apartment for his landlord, as they were moving to Singapore soon. I wanted to take it over, getting to know the rent was almost the same as mine and it was still close to my workplace. Then, more interestingly, my own landlord wanted to meet me in a day or two to say she wanted me to move out, as she planned to move in her own apartment. To my amazement, everything seemed to perfectly fit in such a short time.
With a thankful heart, I finally moved to the very big apartment. But from the first night, I felt scared alone in that big place. From my bedroom, I heard some noise outside, but I had no clue where it came from. And I was scared, thinking what if there was an intruder. After I moved, in the Friday home group, another elder said to me, “Yunee, how do you like your new place?” And I said to him, “I felt so scared. It is so huge for me. And I heard kind of wind or something outside my bedroom at night and it made me so scared.” Then, he said, “Yunee, don’t be scared. Your house is a house of prayer! There have been so many prayers in your house. Don’t worry.” Since then, I had no fear at all. And I later got to know more from the elder who used to live in my apartment that our Shanghai church’s prayer meeting started in my apartment. I also knew the elder is a man of prayer. Though I didn’t receive the gift of the Tongue in my Shanghai time, I felt that the Lord had everything in store for my destiny. Though I don’t pray as much as I wish, I would like to pray in His will. And one of my dreams for the future is to have a 24-hour house of prayer in my future farm for a community, like Succat Hallel in Israel, IHOP in Kansas City and so on. The Lord will give me the desire of my heart, if it’s in His plan.
In the meantime, I would get up, when the Lord pokes me in the middle of the night. Many times, I didn’t stay wide-awake in the middle of the prayer, but felt half-asleep, after getting up. But I believe He would be pleased with my prayers.
No matter whether you feel you’re called to be an intercessor, would you like to take some moments to pray for our Father’s will over our families, communities and nations? And I believe it doesn’t matter whether we pray at 4am or 4pm, but it matters that we pray in His will and we stand in the gap. May His will be done here on earth as well as in Heaven.
Have a bliss!
“Also the sons of the foreigner