Chotu’s Story

After we came home, Mukesh came downstairs for Bible study.  Just as started our Bible study, Mukesh’s young brother Mayram (also called Chotu) came down too.  Mukesh has told me that Chotu always makes fun of Mukesh for praying and believing in Jesus.  According to Mukesh, Chotu has no interest in the things of God, he is too busy having fun and getting in trouble.  However, a few weeks ago, I had told Mukesh to tell Chotu that I wanted to talk to him.  So, now Chotu was here to talk.

As Chotu sat down, I asked him if he knew our testimony.  He said he did not.  I asked him if I could share it with him.  He obliged me.  As I began to share, Chotu listened intently.  When I was done, I asked Chotu if he wanted prayer for the Holy Spirit or anything else.  He told me that he had left his food cooking upstairs, so maybe some other time.  I said, “Okay,” and continued on with the Bible study Mukesh and I had begun.  Chotu stayed and listened.

We hadn’t gotten very far into the Bible study, when the neighbor with the vision problem dropped by for prayer.  Mukesh and Chotu left, uncertain how long it was going to take us to pray with the neighbor.  The neighbor said that his eyesight was definitely better.  We prayed again, until he felt like his vision cleared up completely.

As the neighbor left, Chotu came back.  He said, “Didi, I have something to tell you.”  Then Chotu began to tell me in his own dramatic way, of two miracles Jesus had done for him.  He said that on one occasion, he had been taking a test in school that he was not prepared for.  He didn’t know any of the answers.  He prayed and said, “Jesus, if you are Jesus (meaning, “Jesus if you are real”) then help me.”  He said in the last five minutes of the exam, he filled out all of the answers.  When he got the result, he had 18 out of 20.

Chotu told me that on another occasion, he went to the market to get a haircut.  He said that he owes one of the shopkeepers in the market a sum of money.  So, whenever he goes to the market, that shopkeeper harasses him.  Chotu needed the haircut, but he didn’t want to be harassed.  So he prayed, “Jesus, if you are Jesus, then let the shopkeeper not bother me today.”  Chotu said that he went to the market and got his haircut, and the shopkeeper did not harass him.  As he was leaving the market, he purposefully walked by the shopkeeper’s shop, but still the shopkeeper didn’t harass him!

Then Chotu told me that he sometimes took Mukesh’s Bible and tried to read it.  But, he said that he previously had an unexplainable hatred for Jesus and the Bible.  He said that when he was cleaning the room he shares with his brother, Mukesh, if Mukesh’s Bible was on the floor, he would leave it there.  He would clean all around it and not touch the Bible.  He would not straighten its pages when they were bent.  He wanted nothing to do with the Bible.

I asked Chotu if he wanted the Holy Spirit.  He said, “yes.”  We prayed and he received.  God’s power was so strong on him that he continued to pray for quite some time.  He didn’t want to stop.  He said it felt really good.

Scripture for the Day:
But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.  Deuteronomy 4:29.

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