The Power of Prayer
How much do you respect and honor Prayer?
How do you pray and what do you pray?
Do you pray for the gift to see the world through Christ’s eyes?
Do you pray for Christ to perform a miracle?
Do you pray for a prosperous life of comfort?
God has opened the door through prayer to speak into our lives and fulfill his will. Prayer brings the power of heaven down to earth.
God has blessed Teach To Transform to meet many Christians around the world under heavy persecution who inspire us with their depth of faith and commitment to prayer.
No matter what challenges they face the first thing they do is to pray for guidance and then let His will be done. Our level of faith is always challenged and transformed by the depth of faith of our dear friends in Africa.
Have you ever met someone who inspires you to go deeper in your relationship with Christ?
It was one of the most difficult trips to South Sudan that we had experienced with the drought and daily temperatures over 40 Celsius (104 F). Our partner had asked that we prioritize building a fence to protect their crops from the cattle. This fence would safeguard about an acre of land and would require digging over 300 post holes 2 feet deep. The heat was relentless and our African brothers were very aware of our vulnerability to the temperature and ask that we just support their work rather than help dig holes with a spear and break stones for concrete.
Sometimes the comfort we have at home and the prideful tendency to refuse dependence on Christ leads us to try and write our own story instead of letting the Lord be the author of our life journey. We seem to have been held captive by comfort, and our relationship with Christ suffers through lack of prayer and devotion to the word of God.
What does your prayer life look like?
Our dear family friend who had joined the team to South Sudan shared that he was not one who prayed in public many times, but he felt convicted to pray for those men digging the holes for the fence posts. He gathered the workers into a circle and was about to pray when he heard a man running across the field yelling, “Wait! Wait!”
When he arrived out of breath, he asked, “Were you going to pray?”
He was apparently upset and asked, “Why would you pray without me?”
When was the last time you were that passionate about prayer?
A popular idea is that the amount of faith we have determines whether or not God will answer our prayers. However, sometimes the Lord answers our prayers in spite of our own lack of faith.
When Paul describes our spiritual armor, he continues to tell us, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere,” Ephesians 6:18.
The power of prayer does not come from the way we phrase our words or how desperate we sound, the direction we face, or how many times a day we pray. Prayer is our way to speak directly to the Creator of the Universe, the Messiah, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords.
Our courageous partners use the training of Teach To Transform with the ultimate goal to share the gospel. TTT has focused on the most difficult areas in the world with persecution and many of our partners have reached areas that were closed to the gospel. The medical, farming and vocational training have opened the doors to show compassion and share the love of Christ.
Our faith teaches us that the power of prayer is the power of God, who hears and answers prayer.
The Lord God Almighty hears the prayers of His children. He commands us to pray, and He promises to listen when we do. “In my distress, I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears” (Psalm 18:6).
Let us pray to see the world through the eyes of Christ with love and compassion. May the Lord be the author of your story.
Dr. Tom is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician in the USA with over 25 years of experience and an ordained minister by Southeast Christian Church in Louisville Kentucky. His true passion is world missions and he and his wife Karen are the founders of Teach To Transform, an organization that exists to equip partners around the world with medical and vocational skills they can use to share the gospel of Christ. You can subscribe to Dr. Tom’s weekly blog, Divine Appointments, to read more stories and learn more about the mission of Teach To Transform.