As I write this I am pretending that you are sitting across from me at a local café that makes their own baguettes (because I might be suffering from French baguette withdrawal!), and that you just asked me about what God taught me through this trip.
My answer: Prayer is power.
Is that cliché? I used to think so. At the beginning of the France trip, I was surprised – even completely floored – when God answered our prayers directly and amazingly. I almost didn’t believe it was true. But by the end of the trip, God had taught me to pray with the beautiful blending of confidence and contentment in my heart. Many mornings I brought the burdens on my heart or the team’s heart to Him and left them there. He made it obvious that He had heard and answered those requests in ways I never had considered. I was no longer so shocked, and in its place He increased my capacity to be thankful.
Will God always say “yes” to our prayers? No. Does asking in faith guarantee a favorable answer? Absolutely not. But can we pray with confidence that God can and does answer our prayers beyond what we ask or think? Absolutely yes. When I present my requests to the Lord now, I walk into the future with anticipation that His answer will be the best one. I am confident yet content at how He will answer. And it’s frighteningly exciting.
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” – 1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV) #CUGO