Time to Pray
Hello, wonderful people!
The power of prayer…there is power in prayer…
Those short simple words form a powerful statement. I can have a hard time believing them, especially when someone says, “I’ll keep you in my prayers“. It is such a sad thought, and it can be a hard way to live. American culture has made believing in the power of prayer difficult. Many of us in society have access to immediate needs and wants. You have medicine that heals pain, shipping that delivers something to your house in as little as a day, and transportation that can take you across the country in a matter of hours.
Americans, for the most part, have stopped depending on prayer, and we have belittled the importance of it. I have become reliant on man-made sources and not God. God being a provider in my life is a difficult concept to grasp; yet, when I leave the country, I see people that live alone on having to depend on him. They know that their next meal is going to come by his means and not their own. Now, that is powerful.
While in Guatemala, I learned more about prayer than I had in a long time. I watched people that were living devoted to God, and in turn, they had to have faith that he would provide for their household.
I had to rely on God to provide basic things for me and gift me things to help my body better serve for his glory when serving in Guatemala. For one of the first times in my life, I truly prayed short one-line prayers and left everything up to faith.
He Gave Me Rest
God wants us to rest in him but also sleep through the night. I was exhausted after my first four nights in Guatemala. Where I was staying was loud, and I was only getting 4-5 hours of sleep a night. After a long day in Antigua, my body felt like collapsing, but sleep was not coming easily in my new environment. So I prayed, “God, please let me sleep tonight.”
That night, he answered my prayers, and I got the best sleep I had for that entire week. He had mercy on my weary body and laid it down to sleep. In the morning, I woke up with a new found energy, and it was electrifying.
He Gave Me Health
On several different occasions, I was facing some sickness due to the water, stress of travel, and new foods. My stomach was in a nice “fight” with my weak, American gut. There were times when it was almost too painful to move, but I wanted to go down to be able to be 100% conscience to absorb everything that was happening around me.
I prayed for health, and whenever I began to feel like my stomach wanted to explode, I prayed. Simple one line prayers of health over my physical body. God is good, and he answered my cries of help for my body.
He Gave Me Finances
Frankly, this one was the hardest for me. Still, I have a hard time being able to depend on God with my finances, but he is daily proving me wrong. Because of that, my faith is growing; I love it. That gives me the chance to really acknowledge that I am human. He provided almost to the exact dollar amount, the resources I needed for this trip. This was one of the most powerful ways God worked in my life this week.
He showed me he will provide and taught me that where he guides, he sends provisions.
There is Power in Prayer Still
Over my week in Guatemala, I learned that prayer is alive and active. Sometimes, we need to cut out the noise of our daily lives to see it though. Prayer is a powerful tool that God has given us.
When we say that we are going to pray for someone, we diligently and religiously should. Prayer still has power.