A Heart of Prayer
Since this year started, I have been compelled to pray in a way that I never have before. As a Christian, I have always prayed, but my prayers are much different now. Lately, I have felt this urgency to pray all the time for friends and family that either don't know Jesus or do but have walked away from Him. Every day, I have been praying scriptures over my loved ones and declaring the Word of God over their lives. Recently, I took part in the most powerful worship service that I have ever been a part of. We met in a small room. There were no special lights, no fog machine. There was one acoustic guitar, unplugged. The speaker opened the mic for prayer and a 10 year old boy walked up to the front of the room. Tears flowed from his eyes and his voice cracked as he began to cry out for his family and his best friends that don't know Jesus. As he spoke, the spirit of prayer and intercession fell on everyone in the room simultaneously. There was not a dry eye in the place as one by one people began to cry out for their loved ones. I'm talking teenagers. Some sobbed at the microphone praying for the drug addicted and the homeless. Some even confessed unforgiveness towards family members praying for reconciliation and restoration in their relationships.
I watched the same teens that I pray for begin to pray for their own family and friends with passion and intensity. I was so moved by all of it. I really believe that God is at work in our families, our social circles and our communities. At times I have been discouraged, feeling helpless in the midst of other people's pain, but lately God has been clearly demonstrating to me that our prayers are truly powerful and effective. In the place of prayer, we get the opportunity to partner in what He is doing in the lives of those around us.
Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for what He has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." We don't need to worry. We can relax and leave things in His control. As we leave our requests in His hands, He causes His peace to flood our hearts. And with that sense of peace comes the confident expectation that God is moving on our behalf, not only in our own lives, but in the lives of those we love.