For several days, a certain spiritual leader kept coming to my mind. My thoughts would sporadically center on this person, so I decided to pray for him, hoping my mind would be able to refocus once I said, “amen.” As I prayed, however, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was missing something.
One day, I opened up a devotional book that I read to my children every morning. This book is a collection of real life faith stories by children all around the world. This day’s devotional was about a girl that woke up in the middle of the night thinking about her brother. The girl became restlessness with thoughts of her brother, so she decided to pray for him.
From about 12am – 4am she prayed for her brother who was at church camp, and the Holy Spirit guided her in the exact words He wanted her to say. She finally drifted off to sleep and was awoken several hours later by the concerned voice of her mother. A camp counselor had found a tick on her brother’s scalp. The tick was a carrier of the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever disease. The brother was rushed to the hospital, and the doctors were able to remove the tick and take care of the sickness before it became fatal.
After I read this story to my children, the spiritual leader I had been praying for came to my mind again. I felt the Holy Spirit say, “Now I want you to REALLY pray for Him.”
I suddenly stopped in the middle of the kitchen and told my three kids that I was going to kneel to pray. I knelt and bowed my head, allowing the Holy Spirit to feed me the words that He wanted me to say. I can’t remember exactly what I prayed, but I know my words had meaning and purpose.
When I finished my prayer, I opened my eyes to a small circle of kneeling kids around me. I heard my two boys and little girl say, “amen,” and they looked up at me with precious, smiling expressions. At that moment, God gave me a deeper understanding of prayer, and He also blessed me with a beautiful image of my kids kneeling in a circle—a memory I will never forget.
Questions: Have your thoughts gravitated toward someone this week? Did you know that your prayers have purpose? Why not take time to ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in prayer for this person today.
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18.20 NIV).
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