Quite spontaneously, after hearing of a similar prayer challenge that occurred in a suburban town near Cleveland, I threw out the prospect of a 28 day prayer challenge on the internet. Each day for the month of February, a group would pray on the phone for 30 minutes for each other and the projects and burdens God had laid on our hearts. I posted it on about 15 Christian Linkedin groups and folks from one of the groups responded.
Three of us showed up on the first day. A three stranded cord. “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NLT). There were 7 faithful prayer warriors in the group and on average, 4 or 5 would make it daily.
We prayed for impact and the resources of heaven to rain down on us. We prayed for encouragement when we didn't understand what God was up to. We praised God for who HE is and for the awesome honor it is to have been given a cool God project to lead. We prayed for the lost, for strategy, for hope, for healing and for truth in this generation. We prayed for God’s protection and provision and for our families and life circumstances. We prayed for God’s will to be done.
God knit us together in that 28 days. I found myself praying for them all day long. Some days God would wake me up in the middle of the night to pray for one member of the team or the whole group. During the course of the month, God encouraged us with movement closer to HIM and progress on our God projects. God put people in our paths, funds, favor and blessings. They were like kisses from Jesus.
When I heard this song today, I had to write this blog article. We became sheltering trees for each other. God gives us assignments, but he never intends for us to work them alone. There is power in prayer that can’t be explained.
I couldn't get this video to embed in this blog, but you can watch the lyric video from Newsong's Sheltering Trees song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSmuGxxgjP8
The key lyrics to the song are below:
“We all need sheltering trees
Friends in our lives who'll get down on their knees
And lift us up before the king of kings
We all need sheltering trees”
I’m happy that we have agreed to pray once a week from now on and that we will be there for each other beyond the month of February. And oddly enough, I still find myself praying for each one of them every day. I would encourage you to take on a similar prayer challenge. You will be blessed by it!