Prayer was the Key that Turned His Heart
By Chai Worra as told to Brenda Kiš
[Editors note: The name Chai Worra is a pseudonym since he is from a closed country.]
My name is Chai Worra* and I live in a closed country in Southeast Asia with my wife and eight children. God put me here to help my people, just like He put you where you live so you can help people around you. I’m so happy to be God’s servant. God blesses me in many ways and I’d like to tell you one story about how He did that for me.
A few months ago, one of my friends asked me to help him transport some firewood from his farm to his house. You see, our farms aren’t in the same place where our houses are, so we have to take things back and forth between them.
You need to know that my friend is not a Christian. I’ve tried talking to him but he’s never interested. Therefore, when he asked for my help, I immediately realized that this was another chance for me to show Jesus to him. Before leaving my house, I prayed, “Jesus, please open the door for me to share Your love with my friend. Amen” I prayed. It was a simple prayer, but do you think Jesus heard me? Yes He did!
As we drove along in my truck to the farm, we had a nice chat together. When we arrived, we loaded the firewood into the back and started for home. Everything was good for a half hour, then something went wrong with the truck. It had never acted like this before. It sputtered and coughed, and then the engine completely died. Immediately, I remembered my prayer to God and silently asked Him again for an opportunity to share God’s love with my friend.
We climbed out of the truck and started checking it all over. We worked on the engine, trying to fix whatever was wrong, but no matter how hard we tried, that engine wasn’t going to work.
I suggested that we ask God for help. My friend just looked at me and said, “Let’s see if the God you believe in can help us.” I was bold and asked him to pray with me. As soon as we were done praying, I turned the key by faith and as the engine came to life, God used this moment to show my friend that our God can do all things.
My friend’s mouth dropped open. He was so amazed. Right then he opened his heart and said he wanted to learn more about this powerful God. How did this happen? Prayer was the key!
Please pray that my friend will accept Jesus completely. You might also pray that God will show you how to help someone believe in Him, too.
Brenda Kiš lives in Berrien Springs Michigan where she works as a writer/editor for A.S.A.P. Ministries. A.S.A.P. stands for Advocates for Southeast Asians and the Persecuted.
World Church Prayer Requests
October 21-28, 2018
• PRAYER REQUEST: Please pray for the church leaders as they are traveling home from the Annual Council meetings in Battle Creek Michigan. Pray for safety and health, and also for God to lead in the upcoming Division Year-End meetings that take place throughout the world church following Annual Council.
• PRAYER REQUEST: Pray that we will not forget the spirit and the passion of our early Adventist Pioneers, as we learned about at Annual Council, and that we will be faithful to carry on the torch of light and truth that they have passed down to us these past 150+ years.
• PRAYER REQUEST: Pray that the selflessness and servant spirit exhibited by the early pioneers will also be displayed in our own lives. Pray that when people see us, they will catch a glimpse of who Jesus is.
• PRAYER REQUEST: Continue to pray for the growing membership of the world church, that the decision’s people have made this past year (and are making now) will be lasting and life-changing. Pray that new believers that you know to become firmly rooted in God’s Word.
• PRAYER REQUEST: Pray for those like Chai Worra who live and work in closed countries in Southeast Asia. Pray that God will continue to open doors for the gospel to spread, and that many will come to a knowledge of the truth, even in these difficult territories.
• PRAYER REQUEST: Pray for your own unreached neighbors in your own community. Pray that God would open doors for you to find practical ways to do something kind for them, to pray for them, and eventually to share your faith.