Why We Pray...

Have you ever asked the question: "Why pray?" Sometimes we forget the power of standing in prayer for particular people or situations...

A true story reported by an OMF Missionary at his home church:

While serving at a small field hospital in Africa, I traveled every two weeks by bicycle through the jungle to a nearby city for supplies. This requires camping overnight halfway. One of these trips, I saw two men fighting in the city; one was seriously hurt, so I treated him and witnessed to him about the Lord Jesus Christ. I then returned home without incident.

Upon arriving in the city several weeks later, I was approached by the man I had treated earlier. He told me he had known that I carried money and medicine. He said, "Some friends and I followed you into the jungle knowing you would camp overnight. We waited for you to go to sleep and planned to kill you and take your money and drugs. Just as we were about to move into your campsite, we saw that you were surrounded by 26 armed guards." I laughed at this and said I was certainly all alone out in the jungle campsite.

The young man pressed the point, "No sir, I was not the only one to see the guards. My five friends also saw them, and we all counted them. It was because of those guards that we were afraid and left you alone."


As I recounted this account during a church presentation in Michigan, one of the men in the church jumped up and interrupted the missionary. He asked, "Can you tell me the exact date when this happened?" The missionary thought for a while and recalled the date. The man in the congregation related his side of the story:

"On that night in Africa it was morning here. I was preparing to play golf. As I put my bags in the car, I felt the Lord leading me to pray for you. In fact, the urging was so great that I called the men of this church together to pray for you. Will all of those men who met with the Lord please stand?"

The men who had met that day to pray together stood - there were 26 of them. (as related by Dr. George Feller)...

Shall we pray?

November 30, 1997
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