“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matt 6:7
The Impact of Prayer on Your Mission
On our last retreat for our Ruth House guests up at Old Faithful Christian Ranch. The spiritual focus of the retreat was on developing a prayer life. The material we used was by Max Lucado, Before Amen. Max encourages us to get over the feeling of being inadequate when we pray and to go to the Lord in conversation just as we would with our earthly daddy; sharing our hurts, our joys, our successes, our failures, our concerns and our appreciation. There is no formula, not a lot of rules. Does praying really make a difference? Does the creator of the universe have the time to listen to us? Does God really care?
“Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.
The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.” Acts 10:4
The bible is full of examples of God listening and answering prayer. In some instances, God changes his course because of prayer but mostly prayer changes us. It reminds us that God is good and that we depend on him for everything. It reminds us of our responsibility to care for the needs of others and to be thankful for the hope we have in a living savior.
Many of our mission guests have been broken and crushed by their experiences. They need us to intercede for them both physically and spiritually. We provide food and shelter to take care of their physical needs but it is prayer and introducing them to Jesus that can impact their life for eternity.
Will you please join with us in covering our mission guests, staff, and property in prayer? We see the difference it makes every day. Lives get restored when you take the time to pray.
“With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them.” Acts 4:33-34