"What the Children Need Most is…"

The other day, we were shown the project offices at the church we visited. After seeing the meticulous records and going through a whole list of questions, I asked a project worker, “If there was one thing you’d like us to tell Canadians [and Americans, too] back home, what would it be?”

She thought for a moment and said:

Pray.

“What the children need most is your prayers. They have a lot of issues and need a lot of help. They have medical problems and some have mental problems… but what they need is your prayers.”

This was not what I was expecting as an answer, but it’s so obvious.

More than anything else—even more than the financial support that sponsors provide—the children need our prayers.

One of the challenges I’ve come up to here (besides the language barrier) is that I’m being confronted with how lazy I am spiritually.

What I mean is that I too often take prayer for granted, or see it as the last resort after I’ve tried to white-knuckle my way through a situation.

But that completely misses the point.

It misses the point of the gospel, which pointedly shows us that no amount of white-knuckling can to what only Christ could. And because of His death for our sins, the Father hears our prayers.

So why not take advantage of this gift?

These kids need our prayers. We need our prayers.

And God is good and faithful to answer for His glory and our joy.

  • http://www.justsarahdawn.blogspot.com Sara

    The precious smiles, they desperately need us to change their world through prayer.

    Delighted to stop by today. I hope you don’t mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. THis looks like a nice place to slip off my shoes and soak in refreshing goodness.

    Splashin,
    Sara

  • Dana

    Something that is so simple is often something that is a last resort to us. I recently began attending a new church in which prayer is a vital part. Not that we didn’t pray in my old church, but in this church, the Holy spirit is working so actively that prayer is not just something you do as an afterthought or to start the service – it is about connecting to God and believing that he will work in your life and answer those prayers. Thank you for the reminder of the importance of praying for our children. Reminds of the passage in the Bible in which we are called to stand in the gap before God and man and that we are in a very real battle in which Satan would love nothing more than to snatch away these precious children.

  • Suzan

    Thanks for your sharing and reminding us of the importance of prayer. Something we often take for granted. God bless you.

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

      And you as well, Suzan.