I spent the night praying for Tricia, Troy, and Sydney. We talked earlier in the day; they were having a great time in China, excited to experience everything, waiting with increased anticipation for the first moment they see and hold Sydney. Even so, I felt the urgency to pray. It reminded me of the time Tricia went to Europe with a school group when she was a teen. She and a couple of friends inadvertently separated from the rest of their group and spent several hours trying to rejoin them. It all worked out.
I did not talk to Tricia until she arrived home from her trip. We compared the dates and times in our journals. I had begun praying in the exact time frame she and her friends needed assistance. I’m still amazed.
There’s a mysterious component to praying for one another. It’s incredible to experience someone’s need and divine power simultaneously in prayer. In one moment, there’s a connection between heaven and earth, shifting the universe, changing details, bringing all things together for good.I prayed Psalm 139 for Tricia, Troy, and Sydney, believing the power of the Word would be released into every detail of their life:
You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head (Psalm 139:5, NLT).
I know God went ahead of Tricia, Troy, and Sydney, preparing the way. I know God’s hand of blessing is on them. I know the specific prayer has been answered, though I’ve not talked with them today. Spending time in prayer has given me a confidence and peace, which I can’t explain except to say it’s a gift you will experience through the act of prayer.
It’s a mystery how we change when we pray. It’s a mystery how the smallest of details change when we pray. It’s a mystery of why God would give us such a great and mighty gift.
We prayed and God chose Sydney for us and us for Sydney. It’s a miraculous mystery. And. We’re grateful, continuing to pray as the rest of the story unfolds.
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)