Watched a powerful movie during prayer meeting in church, as pastor shared several valuable lessons gained (plot summary can be found here):
1. Do not be distracted or deceived by what we see or how we feel, until we forget who the real enemy is. No one is our enemy, not the other person, only the devil is - stealing your joy, killing your faith, destroying your family (John 10:10 - The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.).
2. Keep away from distraction, focus on God - set apart time rather than rush through. Listen to Him, acknowledge that we need Him and allow Him to take over the situation. James 4:7 - Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. When Elizabeth opened up about her marital problems, Miss Clara replied, “Can I ask you how much you pray for your husband?” She went on to explain, “You’re fighting the wrong enemy. It’s not your job to fix your husband — you need to plead with God so He can do what only He can do, then get out of the way.”Put ourselves under God's authority and rest assured that His presence goes with us.
3. Respond to the touch and call which God puts into your heart. He will not force us to respond, but the price of not obeying is great. At times, it is due to ourselves finding it hard to lay down. Miss Clara shared with Elizabeth that she never got the chance to reconcile with her husband, refusing to pray for him because she was so stubborn, bitter and prideful. She didn’t learn her lesson until after he died from a sudden heart attack.