Posted by: សារ៉ា(Sarah) | November 11, 2013

When God’s People Pray…

…things happen.

This year at WPY we prioritized prayer.  We’ve met for four sets of 10 Days of Prayer, initiated weekly prayer meetings, and last Sabbath evening we concluded this school year’s first week of prayer.

Our week of prayer began with Leslie King sharing principles of following Christ in our lives.  In this illustration, the water bottle represents sin.  Someday God will destroy sin.  If we choose to hold on to sin God will also have to destroy us.  But if we choose to let go and allow God to change our desires to come back to sin, we will not be destroyed because we will be separate from sin.

Each meeting during our week of prayer began with Leslie King sharing principles of following Christ in our daily lives. In this illustration, the water bottle represents sin. Someday God will destroy sin. If we choose to hold on to sin God will also have to destroy us. But if we choose to let go of sin and allow God to change our desires to return to sin, we will not be destroyed because we will be separate from sin.

Ty, a current Grade 12 student, translating for Les.

Ty, a current Grade 12 student, translating for Les.

Hym and Mab listening intently.

Hym, Grade 12, and Mab, Grade 8, listening intently.

Our most recent 10 Days of Prayer began September 19, shortly after the new school year commenced.  The conclusion of our nightly prayer sessions brought us right up to the end of Pchum Ben, the Cambodian festival of the dead when ghosts are called out to be fed rice and thus hopefully appeased for another year.

What happens when God’s people pray?  Satan attacks.  Students leave.  Robbers steal – we’ve lost multiple computers, other smaller electronic devices, a passport and birth certificate, and more.  Teachers (and students) get sick – I think every single teacher has been sick at least once in the last two month, from colds to dengue fever.  Conflict arises between volunteers, and between foreign and Khmer staff.  Family problems and pressures push from the home-front.  Students rebel.

Why do we persist in prayer with such results?  Because those aren’t the only things that happen.  God stops robbers – multiple times they’ve been prevented from taking more – and sometimes He uses the strangest methods: volunteers singing songs of victory over radios located in each house reminds me of an Old Testament story (See 2 Chronicles 20).  We’ve had more patients for our Grade 11 and 12 classes to practice treating with natural remedies.  God heals broken relationships as well as diseases.  Schools change directions.  We learn to trust Him with our futures and our families.  House parents and Khmer staff experience true conversion.  Students surrender their lives to Him and He works miracles of character transformation in them.  We realize we as volunteers must hold ourselves to higher standards so discipline for rebellious students can indeed be salvational.

After the presentation, we break into groups and begin with short, one or two sentence prayers of adoration.  After a transition, we move to confession (silent or open depending on the confession), and after that we transition to requests and thanksgiving.

After the presentation, we break into groups and begin with short, one or two sentence prayers of adoration. After a transition, we move to confession (silent or open depending on the confession), and after that we transition to requests and thanksgiving.  Each prays as often as he or she wants, and in his or her most comfortable language (since those participating speak Khmer, English, German, and Tagalog).

Chantey

Chantey, Grade 7.

Sreya, Grade 11.

Sreya, Grade 11.

I am reminded of a well known, but beautiful quote: “If Satan sees he is in danger of losing one soul, he will exert himself to the utmost to keep that one.  And when the individual is aroused to his danger, and with distress and fervor looks to Jesus for strength, Satan fears he shall lose a captive, and he calls a reinforcement of his angels to hedge in the poor soul, and form a wall of darkness around him, that Heaven’s light may not reach him.  But if the one in danger perseveres, and in helplessness and weakness casts himself upon the merits of the blood of Christ, Jesus listens to the earnest prayer of faith, and sends a reinforcement of those angels which excel in strength to deliver them.  Satan cannot endure to have his powerful Rival appealed to, for he fears and trembles before His strength and majesty.  At the sound of fervent prayer Satan’s whole host trembles.  He continues to call legions of his evil angels to accomplish his object.  And when angels, all-powerful, clothed with the armory of heaven, come to the help of the fainting, pursued soul, Satan and his host fall back, well knowing that their battle is lost.  The willing subjects of Satan are faithful, active, and united in one object.  And although they hate and war with one another, yet they improve every opportunity to advance their common interest.  But the great Commander in heaven and earth has limited Satan’s power.”  Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 1, p. 345, par. 3.

Soknoun, Grade 7.

Soknoun, Grade 7.

Thamai, Grade 9, and Rathom, Grade 6.

Thamai, Grade 9, and Rathom, Grade 6.

We pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in latter rain power, but God answers by allowing trials which refine our characters and draw us together in the same upper room unity experienced by the disciples prior to Pentecost.  This must happen before He can give us His Spirit in full measure – and although the trials are fierce, yet we choose them and this life over the ease and comfort of our former lives, knowing that our eternal rewards will be well worth any pain and difficulty experienced now.  We feel Satan’s legions of angels attempting to form walls of darkness around us.  But God has limited their power and if we continue to move forward in faith, taking hold of God’s promises and not wavering under the attacks, the evil host will be forced back and their battle lost.  As battles continue to rage, we invite you to join us in prayer for Satan’s defeat and God’s glory to shine forth in Cambodia.


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  1. Thanks again Sarah for sharing your battles and victories.

    God Bless


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