Before 2011 started,Â GannsÂ and I believed in faith that this year will be a year of refreshing and deliverance. We both prayed that 2011 will be a time when the Lord will equip us for his greater work. With the help of our church, Victory Christian Fellowship, we are starting the year in faith and anticipation for what the Lord will do in our lives through the Seven Days of Prayer and Fasting.
I had been doing the Seven Days of Prayer and Fasting for about three yearsÂ and each time, God reveals something that strengthens my faith in Him.Â Â This year, just after two days of prayer and fasting, the Lord has revealed to me the meaning of His words in 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)Â which says:
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
I had been working on my doctoral dissertation since June of 2010. Since I am doing grounded theory, the analysis part of my research is more tedious than a statistical paper. I had been working on the analysis for aboutÂ three months and I had been stuck on the analysis for a long time. I knew the answer is already thereÂ but somehow I couldn’t simplify my data to a coherent theory.
Before the start of the fasting week, I thought that maybe I should no longer join the fast this year since I need to be sustained in order to do my paper. Still, I decided to join the prayer and fasting. I just felt that I needed to start the yearÂ by fixing my eyes on the Lord.Â As I have done for the past three years, I went into aÂ one-meal-a-day fast.
Just when I thought my brain will be weak and that my physical body will not be able to sustain me, the Lord showed His strength. On the evening of the second day, the Lord revealed to me the core answer to my research problem. It came very quickly and very clearly. The analysis points that drowned and confused me for a long time came into place. There is a coherent theory! Now, all I need to do is to start writing the report. I am confident that I will be able to meet the deadline and that I will be able to defend my dissertation before the first half of 2011 arrives.
Praise be to God for He brings knowledge and wisdom to those who seek Him. Indeed, when I can’t, the Lord can!
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