Every night we would get back to the hostel, shower, take care of things around the hostel, and then have dinner at 6:30. The water shut off at 7:00 pm. Basically, we had to be clean and ready for bed by dinnertime. We would all gather around the table and have a homemade meal. After each meal we would talk about the day, and make observations of how God spoke to us. A different adult leader would share a devotional after each dinner. Matt Moore is a staff member at FBC Coppers Cove who came with us. He is James and Terry’s son-in-law. He was just looking for a mission trip to go on, so he came with us. Matt Moore gave the devotional this particular evening. Here is what he shared, to the best of my memory.
Matt Moore: Sometimes when I think about prayer, I think we don’t pray big enough. In Ephesians 3:21, we know that it says God is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond anything we could ask or think according to His great plan. We often use this verse in the context of God’s plan for us, but I want to challenge us to use this verse in praying. God is able to far more, let’s pray for things that only God could exceed. Our prayers need to be specific and they need to be intentional. For instance, I want to pray that we are remembered not as Americans, but as Christians. I want to ask for that the children at the orphanage would become so sold out for The Gospel that there is a revival in the whole nation of Peru. I want to pray big things so that we know our God, the one we pray to, is the one who answers prayers in ways that exceed all we could ask or think, but first we have to ask, and we have to ask big.
It was providential that he would give his devotional about prayer, because I was feeling led to have a prayer time with the team. I wanted to ask God to work now that we had been in Peru a few days to know the needs of the children and people in Cachora.
We went to the boy’s room and spent a good hour praying. We prayed that we would really be able to touch the children in the orphanage for The Gospel. We prayed that we would be remembered as Christians and not merely Americans. We prayed that we would be a light.
Two days later, there was an accident with all of the children in the orphanage. As I was praying on Saturday morning, two days after the accident, and four days after we had out prayer time, God spoke to me. He told me that the children would always connect our comfort and love to the accident, such a tragic thing. We were the ones who gave them lunch when there was nothing. We would be the ones who bought them shoes when theirs were lost in the wreck. We would be the ones who brought them dry clothes to put on. We would be the ones that showed them Christ’s love in a horrible situation. Through the time we were in Peru, and the devotional by Matt, we saw the power of prayer. We also saw the power of God’s promises. He was exceedingly faithful.
Always Growing in Christ,