13 August 2013 by Mindy Oon CM –
International Prayer Conference 2013 organized by Paul Ang Global Vision was held on the 8th to 10th August at The Icon, Kuala Lumpur. Themed ‘Breakthrough – Prayer for Individual, Church and Nation’, this conference saw speakers such as Dr. David A. Newberry who ministered together with Reinhard Boonke in Africa, Rev Benedict Rajan senior overseer of Calvary City Church Malaysia, Ps Dr. Chew Weng Chee senior pastor of SIBKL, Oliver Tham who is anointed to bring breakthrough in the market place, as well as Dr. Paul Ang & his wife, Dr. Christina Ang who are based in SIBKL.
In the third session, Dr. Christina Ang spoke from 2 Samuel 5:17-20 and Daniel 10:12-13. 2 Samuel5:17-20 says ‘Now when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. The Philistines also went and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim. So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” And the LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.” So David went to Ball Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.”
The enemy (like the Philistines) will never be happy when we receive anointing. While we expect good things to happen, sometimes the reverse happens as the enemy starts to attack. However, we do not need to be afraid. Instead, God wants us to press in, as every time there is a blessing, the enemy will come against to try and stop us from receiving the blessing. Like David, we too need to learn to hear what God wants us to do. He enquired of the Lord, and we too must do so. Having prayed and trusting God, David won, with God breaking through for him.
Daniel 10:12-13 says ‘Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.'
Here we can see that we do not have to fear. When we pray, or when we enquire of the Lord, our words are heard from the very first day. However, sometimes we do not receive the answers to our prayers because there is something happening in the spiritual realm. And when this happens, just like Daniel, we need to fast for our breakthrough. Daniel was moved to fast for 21 days without knowing what was happening in the spiritual realm. And when he pressed in, he received breakthrough.
In order to receive breakthrough in our lives, we not only need to pray, but also fast when the Lord tells us to do so. Sometimes we receive the answer to our prayers immediately, and sometimes we don’t. But always, God hears us, and we need to continue pressing in no matter what the circumstances because as we do so we will receive our breakthrough.
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