We Will Pray
Its 3:45 on Saturday morning. We head up to the prayer chapel to intercede before we head out to do ministry. Jenny felt God putting it on her heart to pray over the names of the women we’ve met on the track all the times before. So we compiled our many lists into one list totaling a number of 58 women, and this only included the women we’ve met in the last 6 weeks. God has been challenging and reminding me this weekend of the power and importance of prayer. These women may not have anyone else praying for them. What if we are the only people who prayed for each one of those girls we have met on Saturday mornings?
There is too big of a spiritual battle going on for us to not pray. Part of the reason I am where I am at today is because someone was praying for me; someone chose to stand and fight for my life against the darkness that was trying to keep its grip on me. These precious women are in a battle between death and life, who is fighting for them? Who is standing against the authority of darkness and saying: “No! you cannot have this girl!” ?
I came across this verse in Isaiah 40:28-31: “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
This is convicting! When it says: “Do you not know? Have you not heard?” Do we believe that the Lord is the everlasting God and the creator of the ends of the earth, and He does not grow tired or weary? He is pursuing these girls and He is not weary of running after them. Our prayers and request regarding these women do not annoy Him, because He is after them; He loves them!
As we walk out there to talk to these women, we know that we are carrying this hope in Lord that will give them the strength to keep fighting; to keep hoping for a way out of their current lives of darkness into a life of light. One encounter, one conversation, even just a small moment of reaching out is an exchange of this hope that will empower them to keep on fighting.
This Saturday morning as we went out God lead us to a girl that I have met before. (We will call her B.) She remembered who I was and she was happy to walk over and receive the gift bag we had for her. She looked different, she looked happier. I couldn’t help but think that God used our team and our prayers to give her strength that day we first met her. It’s not through our own ability, but it is God using our obedience and our choice to be a vessel for His grace. He will use us if we are willing to be used.
God also lead us to one of the sweetest girls, whom we will call S. She carried so much joy and she brought a presence to those streets like I’d never felt before. It was almost like she was welcoming us there. She pointed us into the direction of another one of her friends and then called another friend over to meet us and receive a gift. At that moment light overcame the darkness and we were once again be used by God to insert truth in place of lies.
It’s crazy to think of all the things that God will use us for if we believe what He says is true and if we hold onto His promises. If we are willing and tuned to the Holy Spirit we can wage war and stand in the gap for those out there that are weary and we can help bring them hope that will strengthen them for the journey ahead.