Ever since going to Africa back in the summer of 2008 prayer has never been the same for me. The purpose of that trip was to "beat as many arrows in the ground" as we could. This was based from the story in II Kings 13 :14-19 where Elisha has King Joash strike the arrows to the ground. King Joash only struck the ground three times and Elisha was angry because the number of strikes symbolize the victories he would have over Syria. The purpose of our trip was prayer, prayer, prayer. We were praying without knowing the affects of it. We were only in Zimbabwe three weeks but we beat those prayers to the ground for that country and those people. I may never know how many victories there will be in that beautiful country because of prayer.
I was reminded of the importance of prayer this morning when I was reading Desiring God by John Piper.
Jesus says to the woman (Samaritan woman at the well), "If you just knew the gift of God and who I am you would ask Me--you would pray to Me!" There is a direct correlation between not knowing Jesus well and not asking much from Him. A failure in our prayer life is generally a failure to know Jesus. "If you knew who was talking to you, you would ask Me!" A prayerless Christian is like a bus driver trying alone to push his bus out of a rut because he doesn't know Clark Kent is on board. "If you know, you would ask." A prayerless Christian is like having your room wallpapered with Saks Fifth Avenue gift certificates but always shopping at Goodwill because you can't read. "If you know the gift of God and who it is that speaks to you, you would ask--You would ask!"
I am so thankful for this reminder to be devoted to prayer. And the renewal of my prayer for Zimbabwe. The LORD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN.
"Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full." John 16:24