No Longer I Who Live, But Christ Who Lives In Me
A husband is arrested during the Cultural Revolution, the wife called for prayers and asked each of the children to confess their sins before praying. They did and prayed for their father, that very day he was released. The children were happy to know that God answered their prayer and it strengthened their faith.
A Christian couple during the Cultural Revolution was told, “You are deeply poisoned ... but do not poison your children anymore.” Because of the bad class status conferred on their parents, their children were mocked and insulted at school and often returned home crying.
One day the father was dragged out to be paraded through the streets, criticized and publicly denounced. Some who went through this experience never returned; others returned badly beaten. On this occasion the mother took the three children into the inner room and, shutting the door, they devoted themselves to prayer. The two older ones were in junior high school.
While the father was away, the mother told them the whole story of how he and many of his Christian friends had suffered because of their faith. She went on to say, “We are praying to God that our father may return to us safely. But God listens only to converted sinners, and our prayers will not come before God unless we have confessed our sins first.” The children did confess their sins one by one with tears and sincerity, and all three were converted that day.
The father later described what happened to him: While my family was praying for me at home, the officials gathered a large crowd to “struggle” against another man and me. Since I generally made no bad impression, the people's hatred could not be aroused against me, and they kept picking on the other man. After we were paraded through the streets with tall paper hats signifying our humiliation, when the gong was sounded we had to shout, “Down with so and so (our own names)!” I had no problem because I myself should have been overthrown long ago, [i.e., in the spiritual sense: “Not I, but Christ”]. I had been longing to be overthrown completely. Only when “self’ is overthrown can Christ occupy the central position in our heart. Therefore I shouted loudly and the people approved... After being paraded through the streets, I was sent back home safely . .. When I got home and described to my family how the Lord had delivered me from the hands of men, they were overjoyed at the faithfulness of God and gave glory to Him. Seeing me back safely, the children were happy to know that God had indeed answered their prayer, and their faith in God was strengthened.