Archive for December, 2009
One Friday, we received a prayer request at Prayer Clinic Online from a person in our church. As usual, our focus is not on the prayer request or the person, but on Papa God, and as He did not immediately make it clear to me how to pray for this very serious need, I held off. Saturday is always a busy family day, so I did not get to the prayer request over the weekend.
On Sunday, this person came up to us and thanked us for praying for them, although in truth we had not started yet. I did not ask them how they were doing, as obviously from the prayer request we had received, the situation was pretty terrible. Yet I couldn’t help noticing how radiant, how peaceful they looked — by gosh, they were GLOWING! Still, I did not ask for an update, as I was sure the situation could not possibly have changed yet.
Finally, on Monday, I had time to sit quietly and wait on God and ask Him to guide me as to how to pray. And I sent a prayer response to that prayer need. Very quickly a reply came back that the day after the prayer request had been submitted, there had been a breakthrough, and the situation was much much better! I was puzzled and perplexed, but soon it came to me that the very act of submitting a prayer request is in itself an act of prayer which is received by the Father directly. Not only that, but the confidence that others are (or soon will be) praying for my need gives me a boost of faith and hope, which will certainly bring the Kingdom of Light into the darkest situation.
In some ways, we ministry team members are mere bystanders who are privileged to participate in the process of prayer. But the prayer request submitted online is received directly by Papa God, and He immediately goes to work on the situation. Once again: this ministry is all about Him.