I clicked "like" and moved on. I'm passionate about prayer, but I was more frequently in the role of "pray-er" than that of "prayee". I couldn't remember when last I had solicited prayer for serious matters. And it never crossed my mind to share my specific situation.
I was praying one morning last September when the thought dropped: Ask the TWG Team to pray. Unobtrusive but gently persistent. Out of sheer obedience, I clicked some keys and hit a "Sent" button: I had listed a few generalities, underscored the need for confidentiality, and asked for prayer regarding a meeting that was about to take place. Considering the time zone where I lived and the province that I associated with the response, there was a very slim chance of this request being read on time. But why would He persist that I send an email if no one would be picking it up promptly? Still, I comforted myself that God never slumbers, and the outcome would be favourable even if I was the only one praying.
But the reply arriving a few minutes later reinforced that perhaps the TWG Prayer Team does not slumber either. With the reassurance that they were lifting my need and agreeing for specific outcomes, I headed for the shower.
Along with the flow of the water came a corresponding flow of praise. The cat generally ignored both my tunes and me, so I freely belted out a refrain from an old hymn, "The sound of praise on higher ground."
A breakthrough was happening. I was as certain of that as I was of my name.
The prayer of the faithful team had wafted upwards to Heaven.
The refreshing time came to an end and I headed to the closet. It did not contain the desired outfit so I moved to the wardrobe next to it and opened the door. That's when I screeched, and froze. Or did I freeze, unfreeze, and then screech? Whatever the order, the cat strolled in to check.
As with Joshua, the Israelites and the walls of Jericho, I believe that the Team's intercession had broken through to Heaven, confirmed by the clothes that tumbled down.
I shared the photo with the team and thanked them for their support. The meeting was a success, and the need for concern was gone. Or so I thought until November. What appeared to be an easy fix resurrected with new disillusions, like a wedding feast drenched by monsoon rains. Only then did the full impact of the symbolic parallel of Jericho's victory hit me. The Lord KNEW I would need more than Scripture to cling to, and as He did with Moses, and Gideon, and perhaps with you who are reading, He sent the physical sign with a collapsing steel bar before my spirit could become overtaxed. Thus discouragement did not root in my heart and I did not contact the prayer team with the new developments.
The New Year rolled in and with it, a fresh new solution. Beautiful and final like the new wardrobe to which I transferred my apparel. It was over.
I had sent a note written in a flash, no doubt bespeckled with editorial humbugs to the Prayer Team, and received eloquent affirmations and encouragement. And a sign from Heaven to fortify my faith.
In Daniel chapter 10 we read about the Prince of Persia intercepting the answer that the messenger was bringing down from Heaven. And that Michael the Archangel came to assist in the wrestle. A 21-day battle ensued between the Kingdom of Darkness and the Kingdom of Light. Fellow TWG-er, therein lies the power of intercessory prayer. To battle the princes of the air that set out to intercept the answers sent down by God.
I believe God hears our prayers the very first time we utter them. I also believe that there are times when we need to pray a second time or a third time, waging war in the heavenlies, calling on the armies of the Lord for reinforcement. I am convinced that while Satan excites mischief, God executes His perfect will. And I'm grateful to the men and women who stand in the gap.
I don't know everyone who takes my needs before the Throne, but I know the names of those that come via email. I've added their names to my list and ever so often I whisper God's peace over them.
Thank you TWG Prayer Team. Thank you, Lord.