December 10, 2022
“And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.”
Our flight was late, and the seats in the waiting area of gate D-7 were full. Joy and Blay stood beside me to pray—something we often do before flights. Blay knew I needed a prayer lift. She knew I was pretty down over a number of things, including the sad news that a certain foundation had just turned down our funding request for a project to help disabled children.
Blay reached for our hands, and, after praise and thanksgiving, said, “Lord, send forth the corn and the wine and the oil. Send forth the early rains, the late rains, and produce a wonderful crop of blessings.” Her voice was soft, yet laced with confidence. I recognized in her prayer strains of Joel 2:19.
As we prayed, I felt the presence of a fourth and fifth person. A husband and wife, who had crowded close. Together they punctuated Blay’s prayer with “Amens.” When we finished, the husband folded a hundred dollar bill into Blay’s hand, and they rushed off to catch their flight.
You know… it didn’t really surprise me. When Blay prays, things happen. “Ben,” he said, tucking the bill into my coat pocket, “this is the first fruits of what God will supply.”
Blay has learned how to pray using God’s own words, from the Bible. It’s a way of using God’s language when we talk to him—his dialect, so to speak. The Bible tells us there are two things God honors and exalts above all else: his name and his Word. Prayer which is spiced with his Word is exalted prayer. And it is powerful.
As you read the Scriptures, underline portions that speak to your heart, make them personal, and then pray them back to God.
Father, teach me to pray in the way that pleases you and touches your great heart.
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