I walk into the room and the smartly dressed Nyawira greets me with a smile. She looks stunning and bright, dressed in black with her orange necklace and her bright yellow hairband at sync.
It is the second episode of ‘The Next Step’ series at CITAM Crossroads and she is here to talk about prayer. She starts with a testimony, of how her mother was dignosed with cancer 3 years back. She talks of how they used to pray, how they would remind God that her mum was a stauch Christian, one that walked in His ways. One who built churches and worked earnestly in God’s kingdom.
She narrates of how she wasn’t praying for God’s will but Nyawira’s. She reminds the congregation of how the disciples went to Jesus asking Him how they should pray. She sadly talks of how her mum passed on but her facial expressions remain unchanged, illuminating with vigour coupled with smiles. I resolve, ‘This is Jesus at work.’ At the very many sessions I have ever attended, as someone narrated the death of their loved one, the room fills with this throbbing silence, one that brings out a sad mourning feeling making the hearts of many pound in fear.
This one was different, it brought this teaching and understanding affirming a strong point that we should pray and let God’s will be done. She talks about anxiety, about how we should not be anxious about anything in prayer. I love how she narrates from her own stories and am about to tell her to start a blog ‘Nyawira Says.’ She talks of how anxious she was before, telling God she wants God this or that at that very moment.
She gives another testimony of a friend who has been praying for a job for the longest time to no avail, she uses this example to emphasize on patience. She strongly stands with patience on prayer affirming that everything we need is in the word. She tells the girls in the room that even if they were looking for hair growth products they would find it in the word. I underline the word, Everything though I do not need a growth hair product. I need a Mercedes, AMG, BiTurbo.
She continues to say that we should not be mean in prayer. We should also pray for others, she affirms that prayer is not for self. She talks of how we Christians are fond of promising others that we are praying for them but we actually don’t. “Prayer is not a complex process,” she adds. She says that we should not complicate prayer, we should not think that there is a step by step process on how to do it, there is a specific wear, place etc. There are no theatrics in prayer. She says that the simplest prayer made in the Bible was Peter’s that said, “Jesus, save me” unlike we who remind God that He is able, that he has the power to save us.
She concludes that we should not be afraid in prayer. That we should ask just in the same way a child asks a mother for something. She adds that we must believe first so that our prayer maybe answered. She finally says that no length defines prayer. Prayer is seeking God who seeked us first.
She inspired me to write about the dangling carrot a post that again focusses about our patience in prayer. There are times I go before God and lack words to say, but I say, in prayer, it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
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