Prayer above all things…
Today we met with other OMF missionaries from all over central Thailand for one reason. Prayer. When living on the other side of the world, in a culture so ingrained in ancient beliefs and hopelessness, the need for prayer seemingly becomes more evident. When we’re faced with new situations, new questions about who we are and why we are here, we turn to prayer. When making tough decisions about family life or where and when to serve, we turn to prayer. It always seems when there is something we need, the automatic function is to turn to God.
But what about the everyday stuff? Do we really take the time to get to know our God, our Father, the One who created it all? How much time do we set aside to just sit and talk with Him? Those are things I have to ask myself constantly, as I too forget to pray when things are going well. After all, if nothing’s going wrong, what would we even talk about?
For one whole day, all available workers in OMF central Thailand joined together in lifting up the Thai people in prayer. I was a bit apprehensive going into it, as I tend to be one who prays silently when in groups, rather than aloud with the others. I wasn’t sure how comfortable I would be with so many people whom I had yet to know, pouring out our hearts and desires for the people of Thailand, all together, all at once…
But, I was moved.
It was a privilege to be allowed to pray with people who have given a greater portion of their lives to serving in this country. It was encouraging to hear their stories of trials and triumphs in differing regions of Thailand, with different people groups, different tribes and systems of belief. It was beautiful to listen to the praises and prayers of thanksgiving being offered for all that has been already accomplished over the years in Thailand. It was a wonderful feeling to know that now, by the grace of God, I have become another part of this body of believers who have dedicated their lives to serving and loving the Thai people.
Please, join with us daily in prayer for the people of Thailand. Their culture is ever so deeply ingrained in the Thai Buddhist belief system (a seeming synchretism between Buddhist thought, Hindu beliefs, and practices of animism), and it will take much work, much love, much patience, and even more prayer to break through the darkness we see every day.
Prayer is not something we should resort to only when we have requests, rather it should be something we do daily to offer thanks and praise for all of the blessings we already have. I want to encourage you to remember this, as I must also remind myself of the same.
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