It was a Friday. It had come at the end of a really long week. That week had fallen at the end of a really long month. We were in our fourth week in our second country of #CA13. Life was hard and not getting easier.
Mid-afternoon on that Friday, we found ourselves having a serious family discussion. We had reached a boiling point. Things had gotten really tough. There were a myriad of issues from illness, to behavior, to frustration with the language and culture shock. At one point in the day, we even discussed changing our tickets and getting out of there.
Then Saturday dawned.
We have a wonderful 90-year-old lady from our home church who is on our prayer team. She rarely attends church on Friday night since she teaches Sunday School on Sunday. But, this particular day, she went on Friday. At some point during the service, she said that she came to church because she felt like the church needed to pray for us immediately. So, the church prayed.
We had grown close to a couple of veteran workers who “happened” to be in the same city with us for the first half of #CA13, and then had come to this second country for different reasons than hanging out with us. Nevertheless, we got to hang out with them. What a great couple! That, Saturday afternoon, we were able to spend a few hours with them before they headed back to the states. They gave us a ton of encouragement, parenting, guidance, wisdom, and (most importantly) stopped to pray for us.
When we got up on Sunday morning, things had definitely shifted. We were feeling better. In our home fellowship, God gave me a word saying that we were doing the right thing, in the right place, with the right people. Early in our time of praying about going into this line of work, God told us that we would know who we were to be with, how long to be there, what to be doing, etc. So, this was confirmation.
During the week that followed, our pastor provided us with some great insight on how to react/respond/handle some anxiety issues our kids had been experiencing as well. He had a sense that this behavior was acting as a bell-weather for us to elements in the supernatural. He suggested that when we were experiencing these issues, we stop and pray for the 360° view in both the physical and spiritual realms. This advice was crucial for us over the remaining time in the “Land of Fire”.
Never underestimate the importance of the “feeling” to stop and pray for someone. You could be the person who shifts the atmosphere for that someone. Your prayers could be the ones that change the world and strengthen people.
The other day, we sat in the living of that 90-year-old lady. As we shared the importance of her prayers, and how they were truly atmosphere-shifting. She looked at us and said, “I’m learning the importance of telling people when I’m praying for them, and what I’m praying.”
I relate that as a way of encouraging you to pray for the people whom God brings to your mind–whenever they are brought to your mind. But, don’t stop with just praying. Take the time to let them know that you’re praying for them, and, specifically, what you are praying.
Your prayers are important. They are powerful. They are life-giving. Please, in your prayer-time, remember us. Yet, also, remember those–all across the planet–with whom we have the privilege of partnering.
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