“Help me know how to rely on your presence more than I rely on my words.”
– Scotty Smith
She asked us, “Can you two pray with this young lady while I gather some food for her?”
“Of course.” So she left her with us and we asked her needs. She was in a relationship, hoping for marriage. Her man had recently been saved, but behavioral changes were slow in coming. They both needed jobs because they needed money.
And they needed hope.
So we all huddled close and prayed for the Lord’s wisdom and guidance and peace. And hope.
But my words felt a little flat and my own hope was wavering.
Until I remembered: It’s never about my words and my hope anyway.
Yes, those things count—I want to be truth-bringing and faith-bearing—but the real source of help is that the Spirit of the Lord is among us.
It is God’s presence that matters most.
His presence is more powerful than any prayer I can lift. His presence is no daydream or illusion but a fact and my reality. He is here; he is with us; he is present.
And there is my hope: in the power of his presence.
We hugged the girl good-bye and she left our presence. But I pray she never left his.
Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
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