On Prayer Line, Message Emphasizes Obedience and Humility as Key to God’s Kingdom

 

Mrs. Morelle Kamwa, attendant to the first lady of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l, taught on the prayer line for the first time on Friday, and the excitement in her voice, as she delivered her message told of a woman who had been expecting and waiting for the opportunity for some time. She was precise, direct, and eloquent in her message whose themes were humility, obedience, and trust.

She titled her message, “Your Problem Is a Purpose” and read 2 Kings 5: 1-16. It is the story of Naaman, a great military commander in the service of the king of Aram. Although Naaman was great and rich, he was a leper. In one of their marauding skirmishes in Israel, Naaman and his soldiers captured a young girl who became their casualty of war.

The young girl was given to Naaman’s wife to serve her. One day, she confided in Naaman’s wife that her husband could be healed in Israel. When Naaman’s wife divulged what the maid had told her to him, Naaman quickly went to the king of Aram to seek permission to go to Israel to be healed. On hearing it, the king wrote a letter to Naaman for onward delivery to the king of Israel.

The abominable nature of leprosy weighed heavily on the heart of Naaman, so when he heard of the opportunity to be healed finally of the plague, he was naturally filled with exceeding joy. On the journey to Israel, he took part of his wealth with him so that he would bestow it on whomever would heal him. In the end, it was Elisha who healed him by asking him to go and immerse himself in the Jordan River seven times.

Initially, when Naaman and his entourage got to Elisha’s house, and the prophet sent his servant to tell Naaman and his people to wait at the gate, where the servant delivered the message of immersion in the river seven times, Naaman thought he had been disrespected, so he refused to obey. But his maidservant came and reasoned with him to the effect that if Elisha had given him a more arduous task, he (Naaman) would have obeyed, but when he was being asked to just wash in the river and be healed, he was recalcitrant.

Naaman listened to the maidservant’s brilliant logical reasoning, and he went and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, and he was healed. “Naaman was a great commander. He had power, wealth, but he had a contagious illness: leprosy that had no cure. But God had a plan for Naaman. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Each problem can either make us strong or make us weak and defeat us,” said Mrs. Kamwa.

She outlined four points of action that when adhered to could lead to success and happiness in life. Mrs. Kamwa’s first trajectory to success and happiness is obedience. “Obedience to God is very important. If you have the spirit of obedience in you, you would obey anyone God will send to you. Naaman was saved from his leprosy because he obeyed his young maidservant. This proves that God can use a lowly placed person in life to communicate with you and change your situation or condition. Don’t look at somebody’s appearance or image before you decide to obey or listen to them. God used a young slave girl to communicate with Naaman. Obey the voice of God.”

The second point of action Mrs. Kamwa touched on was the desire and willfulness for one to move from one’s comfort zone to attain success. “If we hold on to things we like when we are being called, God can hold our blessings. Sometimes, we have to move to a new place for a new life to be successful and prosperous. Naaman had to move out of his comfort zone and go the extra mile to receive his healing. Trust the Lord and he will take over your needs.”

The third line of action is that the ways of God are not the ways of man. “Sometimes, when we pray, we want immediate responses to our prayers. Man proposes but God disposes, so we should be patient and wait for his answer and direction to our prayers. When Naaman went to Elisha’s house, the prophet asked him to wait at the gate, and the servant went and gave him his message. Don’t expect a different treatment. Be patient with God and wait for his direction and understanding of his way.”

The last but not the least point is the cultivation of the spirit of humility. “The spirit of humility is key to God blessing you. To receive God’s blessing, you must acknowledge your weakness and sin and ask for forgiveness.

“Remember, it’s not about what man sees; it’s about God who sees everything. In the eyes of God, we are all equal. Wealth, title, value, position are all useless before God. True wealth comes with what God wants you to do and follow it. Naaman realized he had to choose between his way and God’s way, and out of humility symbolized by his maidservant, he chose God’s way and was healed.”

Mrs. Kamwa added that as sustainers of the ways of God, pastors must be obeyed out of humility. “Sometimes, you have to lower yourself to receive your healing. Focusing on your image won’t lead you to the promised land. No humility, no healing. Meditate in humility on whatever you want: be it prosperity, documentation, education. Obey, be patient, go low. He is a God of miracle, and he will answer you,” concluded debutant Mrs. Morelle Kamwa.

Respondent Pastor Jean Paul Ntap concurred that refusal to leave one’s comfort zone does not lead to a miracle. “People in the Bible had to go elsewhere for their miracles. Some people in the Church don’t want to pray and fast, yet they want healing and miracles in their lives. Naaman left his country, denied himself, abandoned his wealth for his miracle.

“Do you follow God’s way? Rebellion destroys people in the Church. God can use anyone to bless you; it can be a child or even a pagan. God is a God of comfort. Doing the right thing comes with joy and peace of mind in our lives. Only God can give you strength,” stated the man of God passionately.

 

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About Dr. Sam Doku
Dr. Samuel O. Doku is a professor and a writer. He earned his Ph.D. in English with concentration in African American Literature from Howard University. He is a W.E.B. Du Bois scholar whose book is titled Cosmopolitanism in the Fictive Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward the Realization of a Revolutionary Art. His articles have been published on Google Scholar, in the International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities, and College English Association Magazine (CEAMAG).