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:
“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.