It’s so difficult to just choose one memorable moment or one thing God taught me in this trip. I guess if I had to choose just one thing, I’ll share a little of what He taught me about the power, joy, and necessity of prayer. Everything we did on the trip was bathed in prayer: we prayed together in the mornings, we prayed before going out to spend time with “our friends,” we prayed for each other as different teams went out, we prayed at meals, we prayed as we drove or explored a place and met new people, and we prayed in times of joy and times of difficulty. We went to the Lord with everything just as we should on a daily basis. As the trip progressed, the Lord began to reveal to me just how much my prayer life was lacking. Christ, God in the flesh, constantly sought the Father in prayer, retreated to pray, and prayed for those around Him. He taught the disciples and us how to pray. How then do I think I can make it one second without seeking my Lord in prayer?
The wonderful workers we spent time with were such a testimony to prayerful living. I’m so thankful for the short time we were able to spend with them and thankful for all I learned from them. We are surrounded by the fellowship of other believers and a church body, and it’s so easy to go to others with struggles and joys before we go to the Lord. We get distracted by the stuff around us, and try to do things on our own. We must not forget the power of, necessity of, and joy in prayer! God just really drilled into me that prayer is not just something we do, but something we should live in every moment. Just as 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, we are to “pray without ceasing,” remaining in constant communion with our Lord. Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Again, Ephesians 6:18 commands us to “pray in the Spirit in all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind be alert and always keep praying for all the saints.” Pray without ceasing, devote yourselves to prayer, and pray in all occasions – I’m so thankful the Lord began to show me what prayer filled living looks like on the trip!
Prayer is our lifeline to our Father in heaven who equips us to do all things He has called us to do. How are we to do all things for the glory of God as 1 Corinthians 10:31 commands without constant communication with Him? We must remain in tune with Him through prayer at all times so we can see what He desires us to see, pray for people and places for which He desires us to pray, hear His will in every situation, and remain focused on Him. We must pray, always, for the power to love with His love, for the courage to be bold, and for the strength to endure and fight off the attacks of the Evil One. Above all, we must pray without ceasing, praising Him for His incredible worthiness.
Written by Kristin Faulk