Because God Can! That’s why we pray!
I’m reading this book ‘The Circle Maker’ by Mark Batterson. (Thank you Robin Stephens) He is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C.
Here’s a paragraph from his book.
Is there a limit to my power?
With God, it’s never an issue of “Can He?” It’s only a question of “Will He?” And while you don’t always know if He will, you know He can. And because you know He can, you pray with holy confidence!
When we pray at the base of the Washington Monument and ask God to direct every moment of our day … we pray and believe because we know HE CAN!
When we pray at the embassies for God to guide leaders, end slavery and strengthen the hearts of those being persecuted around the world … we pray and believe because we know HE CAN!
When we pray for heads of nations to listen to Godly council… we pray and believe because we know God can move in the hearts of those that don’t even know him … HE CAN!
When one of our students gets the opportunity today to witness to a very confused person, we can pray with confidence that it wasn’t an accident and that God can use that moment to draw the man back to him … We pray and believe that healing can come to the young man’s mind because we know … HE CAN!
It was such a full day! We’re tired and our feet are sore.
As we debriefed tonight it was mentioned how impressive it was that the students had done their homework on the different nations. The information they shared wasn’t just about freedom of religion, although as believers we care about that. But it was about education, water sources, peace, war, justice, etc. Praying on sight with INSIGHT is much better! Instead of a prayer that sounds like, “Dear God, please help the people in Eritrea… they need you! It was specific prayer for the needs of a nation!”
We start the day off early tomorrow – we board the Spirit of Mount Vernon River Cruise and enjoy the Potomac and then tour Mount Vernon! This is always a very powerful part of the trip (I know, I say that about a lot of things) (But it’s true) We watch the short movie, “We Fight To Be Free” Then tour his home then the grounds! Can’s wait till the students see the ‘three hole-er outhouse’ … it always gets them!
We’ll be watching the weather, we have two options tomorrow afternoon and evening. We’ll go to the Smithsonian’s or we’ll rest and then come back and do the memorials into the evening! Either way, it’s going to be a great day!
The kids are getting the hang of the metro – we tell them where we need to go and they are figuring out which line and which stop! That’s good!
Washington D.C. is such a melting pot of cultures and beliefs and ideas. It’s really fun to encourage these incredible young people to be thinkers, to be engaged, to care! The end result of the impact of this trip will be very different for each one of them. But what an honor it is to be here with them, experience this, and encourage them!
Man, I love this trip! I love my job! I love these kids! I love that they are all so different! Isn’t that the beauty of God’s creation!?!
Thanks for your prayers! Please pray for the leaders. It’s long hours and many amazing opportunities to speak life into the heart, soul and spirit of these kids! We want to take advantage of every opportunity!