Sunday, September 30, 2012

Trip to the Wilderness Near Mysore - A Report

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Greetings to you in the matchless name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

I’m back home after spending a week at a wilderness which is about 2-hour drive from the City of Mysore in a state called Karnataka in India.  Initially, I was told that this place was a forest, but when I went there it was a wilderness with hot days and very cold nights.  Though I assumed that the place will have a lot of shady places with trees all around, not much of a shade we can appreciate, however, as usual I was well prepared.    There were cashew nut trees planted all around and it was dry weather, hot sun, and clear skies. 

The second day I was tired out of hot weather and fasting and thought I was very comfortable praying at home as I have no problem with privacy and concentration and focus, and many prayers have been heard right in the place where I kneel beside my bed and what is the need and special about coming here and praying in the hot sun, risking oneself in terms of safety from animals. The situation was like causing excessive discomfort to oneself in terms of weather, place of stay, food, etc. Nevertheless, this was a new experience as led by the Spirit of God.  I did pray for rain clouds in the skies and milder weather, the Lord did answer my prayer with rains in the evenings of days five and six. 

Each person was occupying different cashew nut trees away from one another for a little privacy and crying out to Jesus mainly for spiritual blessings.  I learnt many things from different individuals especially from people of Southern most part of India.  The Spirit of the Lord anointed me with the new mantle of Fire.  Though there were many people around in the wilderness, I was able to feel the Holy Fire of God at my place when another sister was leading one other sister in Baptism of the Holy Spirit at a cashew nut tree some distance away from me.  This sister is a simple, village-bred person who did not fully understand my English-filled Tamil language.  The Lord helped me to learn a lot of mysteries from her, the wisdom, the command of words, right words in prayer and manifestation of Holy Spirit, and the humility seen in her ministry was amazing.

I could sight a peacock, the national bird of India, at a far distance about 2 kms from the place I was standing.  Otherwise, I could not spot any animals, but heard that herds of elephants sometimes visit the place and a tiger was also sighted at the premises though there was no harm to person or property.

The Lord was very gracious to make my journey very comfortable and enjoyed every bit of it, both to and fro.  I feel that such session of prayer was not enough and would like to have a similar one at my city God willing, at places like Scripture Union.    

Thank you all for your prayers.  May God richly bless you!!

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry. Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. 16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,  that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, 19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”

Jesus, My Lord, be glorified!!

In Christ’s Service,
Under the Shed-Blood Of Jesus,
Shanta Daniel

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