My husband just finished a message series called “The Prayer Project”. I have to confess that prayer is probably the weakest part of my daily walk with God. This series has challenged me to be more intentional in my prayer, to communicate throughout the day with God, to praise God and to surrender myself to his will through prayer. Yesterday, Chris finished up the series with a sermon titled “Pray With”. The basic message was that, as Christians, we are called to pray with and not just for other people. It’s one thing to tell someone that you’ll pray for them. It is another, riskier, more meaningful act to stop what you’re doing and pray with them on the spot. I, and others in the congregation, resolved to be more intentional about praying with others. However, God wasn’t done.
That evening, I went with some friends to a Brandon Heath/Brit Nicole concert. During her performance, Brit Nicole spoke of the power of fear in our lives to keep us from doing God’s will. She said that just that day she had been out shopping and felt God calling her to pray with a woman in a store. And yet, her fear prevented her from doing what she felt God calling her to do. Remembering Chris’ sermon, my friends and I exchanged meaningful looks and laughed at God’s ability to continually weave messages into our lives. And yet, God still wasn’t finished!
After the concert we stopped at a Taco Bell for a belated dinner. While we were eating we entered into a conversation with a woman working at the restaurant. She shared with us her struggles of being a single mom, working 7 days a week and barely making ends meet. As many look forward to the upcoming holiday season, she is dreading it because she doesn’t have enough money to do much for her three children. She shared with us that last Christmas, in fact, their dinner consisted of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with macaroni and cheese. My friends and I looked at each other. We knew what we needed to do. At 10 P.M. in Taco Bell, we stopped and prayed with this young woman. We got her contact information to see what we could do to make this Christmas better for her family. As we were leaving one of my friends made the comment that this woman was an angel sent by God to test us and see if we were listening to his words. I think that instead, God was giving us a gift.