Without doubt the most enjoyable part of praying is to commune with God and enjoy Him, and what encourages most to pray is seeing God answer our prayers.
Today has been so exciting that I could hardly wait to get home from hospital and put pen to paper. I took my wife for her hairdresser’s appointment – the full works, cutting and colour. Then I headed to the hospital for a blood test in preparation for an oncology appointment next week. I expected to wait at least an hour for the blood test but was through in five minutes! Now I had more than an hour to wait and so decided to sit in the hospital café with my newspaper, a super fiendish Sudoku and a latte. Within seconds of sitting down I had an urge to pray a simple prayer, “Lord, bring to me people that you want to minister to.”
No more than a minute later a Nigerian lady, heading for lunch, approached me. She thought she recognized me. We discovered that we were both Christians and chatted for a few minutes before she had to go. I asked her if I could prayer for her and she was happy for this. As I prayed I felt that the Holy Spirit gave me a prophetic word for her as an encouragement. She was so blessed and went on her way with great joy.
A short time later, an old man sitting at the same table as me, began to chat with me. After a while he asked if I would look after his things while he went to the shop to buy a top-up voucher for his phone. He came back empty-handed and complaining, “The shop assistant would be happy to sell me the voucher but is too busy to help me top up my phone,” I too have no idea how to top-up a mobile phone. As we continued chatting I caught sight of a young woman and her mother at a nearby table. Approaching the young woman, I asked if she knew how to top-up a mobile phone. “Of course I do,” she replied, and she was more than willing to help the old man. I went to buy the voucher for him and then the young woman topped-up his phone for him. The old man wanted to pay for the voucher but I told him it was a gift. He was so close to tears and said, “Now I can call my daughter and she will bring me home from the hospital.” I wondered how long he might have sat there waiting helplessly! I felt so strongly the presence of God in that hour in the hospital café.
What lessons can be learned about prayer from this testimony?
When you are alone in a public place why not ask the Lord to bring people to you who He wants to touch and bless, and then quietly wait, and watch Him work?
What is the relationship between prayer and acts of kindness in evangelism?