Free food, “celebrity status”, attention, high expectations… the list goes
on and on. What people do not know is that it is not all sunshine and
roses. I grew up being a Pastor’s daughter and I honestly enjoyed all the
perks that came with it.
Someone one day asked me, why do you go to church? My ignorant self
just replied by saying, well, this is what I know, I grew up here! Well,
that was back when I was 13. As I grew older I realized that the works
and faith of my father will not grant me entrance into Heaven. I had
some introspection and a whole lot of maturing to do.
Five years later I took a decision to accept the Lord as my Savior. I
realized that I cannot keep living under the shadow of my parents. I had
to personally take a stand. To be honest it was an impulsive decision. But
one that I do not regret.
Prayer :Now this one was a tough one for me. I had gotten used to the habit of
just praying during daily family prayer, when eating or at church on that
odd day when asked to pray. It honestly took me a while to get used to
talking to God. I could go a week or even a month without a personal prayer to God. See there was a point in my life where I was very angry with God. Yes, I was angry at God. It took me many years to restore my spiritual life.
Till this day I am still picking up the pieces. There were plans that I wanted for my life that I had not submitted to God. See,
whatever it is that you desire, God shall grant it according to His Will and His riches. It took me a while to understand what God had in store for me was far greater than that which I wanted for my life. I was bitter for the longest of times. Even in my rebellion, God still had mercy on me. I met a friend who suggested that we pray twice a day, for a start.
We both had alarms on our phones and wherever we were when that
alarm went off we pray.
After the prayer, we each text each other an Amen. Ever since I started this exercise I can honestly testify to the
We now pray four times a day and have prayer requests dedicated to each prayer slot. Sometimes I get caught up in the hype of the activities of the day but I try by all means to stick to those slots. I have come to realize that it helps a great deal to have a prayer partner.
Article written by: Mbalenhle Msimango