Natalya Do you see a difference In your payer life after joining the School of Discipleship?
“Before I came here, prayer was difficult at times. I would pray, but I longed for a closer prayer life. I loved when I could feel the presence of God when I prayed, but it was a struggle to stay focused. I never really prayed outside of my personal Bible time or church, and never in public gatherings. I liked to be the quiet one.” – Natalya
Jonathan what shocked you about the times of prayer at Gospel For Asia?
“Their fervency and consistency has impacted me. Never have I seen a big group putting prayer at such a focus. It’s the life ofthe ministry, and they have really impressed upon me the necessity of it.” – Jonathan
Natalya how has being in a new place affected your time with the Lord?
“Prayer is still difficult, but since I came here to a strange place, surrounded by people I really don’t know anything about, I find that my prayer time with God has blossomed! Being taken from everything familiar has made me turn to the One I do know. He has been there; I feel Him. And even when I don’t feel Him, I know He still is there. I honestly feel when I pray now, I’m crawling into my Daddy’s lap, and I feel protected, loved, and very safe. Prayer has become the familiar thing I turn to.” – Natalya
Jonathan how has your relationship with the Lord changed you?
“As I learn more about the love and grace of God, I get so overwhelmed. I have lived my life in a strict works-to-keep-salvation attitude. This has left me in a lot of bondage. But now as I see how much God cares for me, I realize that He isn’t interested so much in my works as He is in my heart toward Him. As I give myself completely to Him, the works naturally follow and my relationship with Him greatly increases.” – Jonathan
“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless.
I pray because the need flows out of me all the time – waking and sleeping.
It doesn’t change God – it changes me.” – C.S. Lewis