Reflecting back over my 13+ years of being a true Christ follower, I am grateful to see some of the ways that God has worked through me. My oldest friend (circa grade 7) was the first person God used me to lead from religion to relationship with Jesus Christ via the Sinner’s Prayer. Her life is being transformed and so are the lives of her circle of friends and family (particularly her 3 daughters). She loves the Lord and serves Him, and God is touching others through her. Faith ripples…
Reflecting further on my week on Manitoulin Island, my heart warms at the thought of some small beacons of hope and light – young people in whom God is already at work. Students H and M, heading to university in September. P, a teenager who is on his way to becoming a man of honour and godliness despite his father’s very poor example. B, another teenager who also shows signs of a strong character, but who is a little closer to slipping down the slope of complacency. Z, a young teen who loves her mother (a Christ follower who struggles with depression and other after-effects of her past) needs an undergirding of prayer support. I, a bright vivacious little girl who needs spiritual protection from the ignorance and generational curses that could cripple her spirit. D, a man with influence in his community – not yet a Christ follower, but who was touched and impacted by the love and ministry of our little group.
We made a difference to each of these precious souls. And to others.
Every night, as I lie in bed, I whisper prayers for them. Knowing that prayer is powerful. Believing that God hears and answers as I pray His will, His best, for each person.
Knowing that even when I don’t know the right words or how to pray God’s will, the Holy Spirit does (Romans 8:26) and helps me.
Knowing that God keeps His promises, and that His word does not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11).
Knowing that God’s warring angels stand ready to act as His word is prayed (Psalm 103:20-22).
Knowing that by my authority in Christ, in obedience and by faith, I can speak those things which are not as though they are (Romans 4:17).
Knowing that if I believe I will see the glory of God manifested in the lives of those for whom I pray.