Do-it-yourself or Prayer?

Last week I had a few days of intense long distance parenting… I received an email from my daughter with the heading “I need you.” I know my daughter would not send me this kind of an email unless something really big was happening. And sure enough, her world had caved in.

She was supposed to leave a country by train. But the train was late, later, and then so late that she could not leave at all. Here I was on the phone with her, trying to figure out what train she could take next, but they all seemed to be sold out for the next few days.

After an hour on the phone we finally figured out a connection that would work for her and bought the ticket online. We both calmed down and promised to pray for this trip and said our goodbyes on the phone.

I slept like a baby since I believed that the problem was solved.

But then came the next day. Little did I know that another long day of stress was ahead. I saw in a status update that my daughter had spent the day with some friends. But when they got back to the YWAM base they saw that the  YWAM car wasn’t at the base. Two pieces of my daughter’s luggage were still in there!!! There were only a few hours left until the next (and hopefully last) attempt to leave this country.

Countless messages went back and forth between my daughter and I. At times I didn’t even know what to say anymore, or how to encourage her. It’s hard when thousands of kilometres and seven time zones separate you.

I sent out an SOS email to friends and the church and asked for prayer. I just couldn’t handle this on my own. Scripture passages came to mind that would keep me calm and able to send positive messages. One that got me through and that is very dear to my heart is from Isaiah 26:3:

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”

The car arrived at the base just 30 min before train departure! Yes, it was extremely close, but God heard and answered our prayers, and my daughter was able to leave.

I have faced numerous situations like this one over the last few years. Humanly speaking I am helpless, I can’t control the situation, the circumstances my kid is in. So often my answer during these times is: “The only thing I can do, I pray.” Or I would say, “I can just pray.”

Why do I minimize prayer?

Why do I think it’s less than doing something actively?

This was not the first time, and I’m sure it won’t be the last time when I will have to give the situation to God and ask Him to handle it. When I leave it in God’s hands, I can actually stand back and watch Him do what He does best: He “accomplishes infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20)

Are you facing a situation where the only thing left is to pray? Then pray! Pray with all your heart and then sit back and watch God handle it.

Let me know if I can pray for you today.

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