Prayer Without Borders
Reason #6: Geography and Language Don't Matter
In some ways, our world seems to be getting smaller. We have access through travel and technology to other countries and cultures in a way former generations did not. But just think of this: There are more than 7 billion people on earth. And that's just those we've been able to count. Among all of those people, there are more than 6,500 languages spoken. Now that's a huge, diverse world!
As born again Christians, we have access to this world in a way that others do not. We get to have a personal relationship with the very God who created all of it. And when we recognize the importance of inviting the Holy Spirit into our lives, we become a part of a worldwide network. There are needs and situations happening at all times of the day and night among the Church, and we can pray for those needs without even knowing about them.
Here's a great testimony of Holy Spirit empowerment:
An English missionary to Africa was home on furlough and speaking at a conference when a woman came up to him and asked, "Do you keep a diary?" He thought it was an odd question but he said that he did, so she began to tell him a story.
She said that two years earlier she woke up in the middle of the night and felt like she was supposed to pray. She didn't know what she was supposed to pray about, so she began praying in tongues. After about an hour, she had a vision. She saw this missionary in a grass hut with native people gathered around him. She saw that he was very sick and watched him take his last breaths. The people put a sheet over his face and sadly left the hut to start the process of grieving his passing.
A few minutes later, she saw the missionary walk out of the hut, perfectly well and healthy. All of the people rejoiced that he had come back to them and it became a testimony of the goodness of God.
The missionary was excited and he asked if they could compare diaries. When they looked up stories and dates – making allowances for time zones – the very thing she saw in her vision had happened to him in Africa at exactly the time she was praying. He had been sick with a deadly fever, died, and came back to life.
While that story is amazing and highlights the power of the Spirit, we must remember that this works on a personal level, too. It doesn't have to cross oceans. There are times I have needs in my life that I just simply can't put into words – or don't feel like I have heard God clearly on how I should pray about them. The Holy Spirit is faithful in those times to guide me and help me cut through the static.