Sis. Evangeline Paul: A dear sister once wrote to me saying that the Lord has filled her family with goodness. Perhaps the Lord has done so due to her persistent prayers. But still she is worried about her husband who does not know the love of God. In a situation as such, the first thing we must do is to thank Him for all the goodness! We are in this world not for ourselves but for the Lord. As we begin praising, blessings shall naturally enfold us. My mother did exactly that. It was at the time when my father wasn’t saved.
Dr. Paul Dhinakaran: There was no connection between your father and God. Your mother was a person of prayer but your father did not know Jesus at all. He did not know the love of Jesus.
Sis. Evangeline Paul: But he was touched by the love of my mother. My mother used to fast and pray for my father persistently. My father took care of my mother and managed the affairs of the family pretty well. But he did not know the love of Jesus. God saved my father soon after as my mother made a covenant, asking God to choose one of us for His service.
Dr. Paul Dhinakaran: It is dangerous to make such vows by ourselves. Some people would say, I will do this, I will do that. After that they will lament when they are unable to accomplish their vow by saying, “Oh, I am not able to do it, will God be angry with me”. If it is by the leading of the Lord, then you should make that vow. The Lord spoke to your mother, Evangeline, because the Lord had predetermined you. Your mother did not know that. But since the Lord knew it, He spoke to your mother. Then your mother made a vow. Therefore do not make any vows like “If You transform my husband, I will do this or that” out of mere emotion. The leading of the Lord will arouse you. Then you shall make that and keep that vow.
Sis. Evangeline Paul: Despite my mother’s agony due to cancer, she wept at the feet of the Lord for my father’s salvation. That very night, my father had a vision. My dad had not seen Jesus nor does not know how the face of Jesus would look like. So the Lord showed him D. G. S. Dhinakaran. All my father knew was the Jesus Calls ministry because my mother used to take us to the meetings. In his vision he saw D. G. S. Dhinakaran appa gently combing his hair with his fingers as my father was lying in his lap. It was then he realized God’s love.
Dr. Paul Dhinakaran: At the time we did not know each other. Our parents did not know that we would get married.
Sis. Evangeline Paul: As my mother’s condition worsened, ministers of God visited her every day and wept for her in prayer. My father realized the love of Jesus through those preachers who wept for my mother without any reason.
What a mighty plan! Out of my mother’s sickness, he came to know of the love of Jesus! We admitted my mother in a hospital at Vellore. My father would kneel down and pray at the chapel in the hospital. God’s messages would be played through intercoms and my father used to listen to those. Only after the complete transformation of my father did the Lord chose me. My father did not love God but my mother did. She prayed incessantly.
Psalms 127:2 says “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat- for He grants sleep to those He loves”. All we do is wake up early, work and eat. But actually we are supposed to wake up early and pray. Even the husbands must rise up early and pray. Rather working all day for earthy benefits; love, pray together and rejoice. Praise God for your children and your wife. Let us stop grumbling and start praising the Lord for what He has given us. Ask God to reveal the needs of your family and He shall surely guide you in doing so.
May the grace of the Lord be with you. May the Lord provide this divine guidance to all those who need this right now.