The Pleading Jesus

Shyju Mathew

"Experience the Word of God, in the power of the Spirit."

September 29, 2009

[Tamil Translation] We had an amazing night at the crusade in Penang, Malaysia. I am so blessed to be a witness to the many mighty healings and to see salvation come to the masses. After the meeting, we went for dinner.

It was 1:30am, by the time I reached the hotel. I was drained and tired, and the thought of having to wake up by 8am, as I had to go to church, was exhausting. But I wanted to spend more time seeking God, even though it was late.

I managed to seek God for a while and went off to bed with the thought that, “Lord, if you really want me to pray, please wake me up in the morning”. I wonder if that was an excuse? I slipped off into deep sleep and guess what, at exactly 3am, I got up as though I was woken up by somebody . But being me, I wanted to sleep some more. I turned to the other side and went off to sleep, till I was woken up at 4am. Then, I slept again. Now, I saw a dream. In my dream, I saw my mom pleading with me saying, “Please, my son”, and to those words, I woke up immediately. And then, I realized instantly that it was not my mom but the Lord, waiting to hear from me in my room.

In that moment, I realized how often I have kept my Lord waiting. It felt like Jesus waiting at the shore for Mr. Peter who was drifting away into the deep sea. But, just like in my dream, our Lord is very gentle and never forceful. And I know this for certain, that He would have let me sleep if I would have turned to the other side again. I am reminded of the time when He is almost pleading to His disciples, in Matthew 26:40, Then He returned to His disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with Me for one hour?”  He asked Peter.

Have you been keeping Jesus lately? It is with a gentle stillness and the tender nudge that the Holy Spirit moulds mighty warriors. God wants this generation to respond to the still voice of the Spirit. It was only after God saw that Moses had stepped forward to see the burning bush, that God called out to him from the bush! (Exodus 3:4).

James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” The Scripture goes on to say, “Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Are we double minded about spending time in prayer? Is this blog for you? Have you been keeping Him waiting? My friend, the most important thing you can ever do in your life is to have a close walk with God, your Creator. He is waiting to see you take the first step. Start today! Start now!