The Power of Prayer
I am a firm believer that prayer does make a difference in ever situation. But, why do I sometimes take it for granted? Well, yesterday was a test of my beliefs. I had always thought that getting free access to and from anywhere in China the team wanted to go was a given. I never thought there was a possibility of being questioned about or actions or our motives. Well, that is exactly what happened yesterday. As we were entering the country and going through customs, we were questioned about all of the dental equipment and supplies. The Chinese officials were wondering why we hadn’t been given the proper clearance by the government agency or why we didn’t have the “proper paperwork”. The trip that I thought was a sure thing, suddenly became a might not happen. For over an hour we stood at the checkpoint answering questions and wondering if the dental trip would even happen. At that point, in my mind, I started evaluating all possibilities that could happen. What would I tell all the team members that had taken their time and given their money to come on this trip? What about all the nannies that wouldn’t receive care? What would I do if the government seized the equipment? Would I ever again be allowed to organize another dental trip to China? On and on my mind raced without a solution in sight. The longer I wondered, the more anxious I became. And it wasn’t until Robin who runs Hope Foster Home in Beijing and who serves as our host here in China said, “there is not a thing we can do but be gracious and show kindness It was at that moment that I laid it down. It wasn’t because of my wisdom or spiritual foundation that I laid it down. It was because I realized there was nothing I could do in my own power to solve the problem. What I started doing at that point was walking back and forth and praying. I thought of all the people that had told us they would be praying for us and I reminded God of them. (Like I really needed to) I knew there were and had been people praying. In that moment, I felt a peace. Not that I thought the situation would work out, but that I knew who brought us. There is nothing like the peace that comes from a known purpose. So I rested in that. Still anxious, but feeling content in my spirit.
Just a few minutes later, the official pulled Robin aside and told him that he believed our motives were pure and he believed we were there to help people. He said he was going to let us go and with words of encouragement and thanks, next time please get the proper approval. This was truly a God moment. This does not happen often when you are questioned. I believe God worked in that mans heart, and we were allowed to go because of the power of prayer. There was no other explanation. When all else fails, God does. We experienced that first hand yesterday.
So now we sit here at Maria’s Big House of Hope excited for what is to come. This morning we organized and set up the clinic and now the team members are downstairs playing with the babies and talking to the nannies about tomorrow. Without the prayers that were prayed, I truly do not think we would be doing what we are doing today and the clinic would have never happened. I had a huge growth experience yesterday. The next time I tell someone, “hey, I will be praying for you.” I won’t take it as lightly as I often do. There is life changing power in prayer. All we have to do is use it.