So my prayer was to give everything to God, everything. All my worries, all my anxiety, all my thoughts, all my questions, our future, our family, our lives, where we'll live, how we'll learn another language, etc... Once I do that, I can immediately feel that sense of peace that only God can give. And in that moment, I'm reminded of how much God wants to give us that peace, to trust him with all of who we are, and to rest in him.
And then today I was realizing too that prayer is not just essential for our spiritual walks, but also every day in our "public" lives. Today while biking through downtown Montpellier, I noticed two women crouched down on the side of the road. As I got closer, I saw there were two women praying together, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it ever since. This is not a common sight to see, two people praying together, out in public in Montpellier.
And it was encouraging to me, a reminder that in our every day lives with people we have contact with, I believe we need to be praying for them and with them. In this French culture I've been a part of for the last 9 months, it would be a radical thing to ask to pray for someone, but it needs to happen. I let my mind wander and think of how this prayer came about (although I know nothing about it); a woman saw that another woman was suffering, walked up to her and asked her if she could pray for her. Isn't this what Jesus did??
Today, I feel reminded that one of the reasons prayer seems so radical in the culture I live in is because it doesn't happen enough. And why don't we engage enough in prayer in our every day lives? Have we forgotten how powerful it is? I hope not. Let us all engage more in prayer, in our personal lives and in our every day lives with others, whether we're pastors, teachers, students, etc..., we're all missionaries in each of our contexts. May we allow prayer to breathe live and love into our communities again, as Jesus once did.