Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Prayer Walking and the One With Whom God Wants to Talk

A surprising but sweet thing happened yesterday. Eight Days of Hope has training this week. It began last night. I wanted to prayer walk the building and the apartments where the trainees would stay before it started. As usual, I put out a call on social media for volunteers. I can usually get volunteers, but not this time. 

A prayer walk of one is not without merit, but I wanted someone else to help, because of the “two or three gathered together” verse. 
Nothing I did worked out, so I asked the Lord to orchestrate it as He saw fit, especially since the idea was to have a conversation with Him. “Who do you want to talk with tomorrow, Lord?”
The answer I received was not at all what I expected. A friend of mine assured me she would come, and probably bring a young friend. (Young being younger than we are.) As it worked out, my friend had to help with her grandson, but she brought the young woman anyway.

This sweet young lady was a complete stranger to me, but I asked if she wanted to prayer walk, and she assured me she did. I don’t think she’d ever done anything quite like it before, but we moved to the front of the building and started praying. I didn’t expect much from a first-time prayer walker. 
With the first words out of her mouth, I knew I had the right partner. We prayed in sequence, as one. I’ve seldom had as seamless a prayer walk experience. She instinctively understood the needs that might arise in each area of the building, and prayed accordingly.

We prayed together for an hour or so, then she went back to surfing envelopes and I headed off to do other work. All afternoon, though, I savored the experience. I’d asked God to send the one with whom He wanted to talk, and He did. She was a stranger to me, but she was no stranger to God.

Last night, I pondered the idea of being the one with whom God wants to talk and wondered what characteristics would make me that kind of person. What I saw in her was humility, gentleness, kindness. There was a sweetness of spirit that made me want to be more like her. 
I’m reminded of my mama’s favorite verse from Micah 6:8:
“And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” 
There’s a note beside that verse from a sermon Jeff Flinn shared in 2005: 
“I thought the Lord was calling me to ministry. Now I know, He was calling me to Himself.” 
I want to be the one with whom God wants to talk and commune, the one He calls to Himself because He enjoys my company. Perhaps He’s looking for one who is just, merciful, kind, humble; the one who loves God and his neighbor. I want to be that one. Don’t you?

Today, let’s search our hearts and ask God to clean out our haughtiness, judgmental and critical spirits, and our lovelessness. Let’s ask Him to fill us with mercy, kindness, humility, and love so that we can be the people with whom He wants to talk, the ones He calls to move in closer because He enjoys our presence as much as we enjoy His. 
“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” Matthew 18:20 

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