The Power of PrayerJune 14th, 2013
On Monday night here at Lake Ann, Ken Rudolph spoke about choices we can make to be filled with the Spirit, based on Ephesians 5 and 6. One of those choices is to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to one another and to the Lord. This point resonated with us, especially since our ministry as HeartSong starts with our worship with music to God. Throughout the week we saw different campers embrace this choice and sing out in worship with us, but one camper would consistently disengage during the time for singing. He would quietly stand and stare into space without singing or even mouthing the words. During chapel on Thursday night, I started to pray for him, that he would be moved by Ken’s words and our music and those singing around him and that he would join us in singing.
As a HeartSong team, we are committed to praying for each other and those that we meet and minister to while on the road. Many times we may play for a group of students who do not seem to want to engage or join in with our worship. There are often times that we have a much smaller group of students than we expected, which is the case this week at Lake Ann. We know that the Spirit of God moves in ways that we do not expect, but it is easy to forget that our prayers are effective and can make a lasting impact on our lives and the lives of people around us.
I had this on my mind as I was praying for the camper during the song “Give Me Faith.” When I looked up, I saw that he was singing along. He was joining in and fellowshipping with the believers around him, and worshipping our God with singing. This was a great reminder to me that we should not be discouraged by our circumstances and should always commit to praying that God would move in the lives of everyone we know and meet.