Long walks each day help mission worker delve deeper into prayer life

By Keia Blair

The Lord answers prayers.

If I had to think of a more true statement, I don’t know what it would be. The amount of prayers that I have seen the Lord answer over the last few months shows nothing but the Lord’s faithfulness and goodness.

One of my favorite things in my growth so far has been my heart for prayer that the Lord has given me. It is mind-blowing that I actually have the privilege of speaking to the Lord at any time of any day about anything I want. I have a direct line of communication with the creator of the universe, and that is prayer. There is nothing cooler than that.

The Lord is teaching me a lot, but one being that he actually gives us what we ask for. Zambia was a special month for me, mostly because I decided to walk so much deeper into prayer, which has been my biggest prayer for myself since the beginning of the race.

Each day, my team and I would walk several miles to and from ministry. This was my designated time to spend with the Father. I would pray the whole way there and the whole way back. It was actually a sweet time to spend with the Father on an otherwise hectic day. I was able to turn something that everyone else dreaded into one of the most fruitful things I have done since being on the race.

My team decided as a whole to walk deeper into prayer this month, and it was sweet. We welcomed the new year in by having an all-night prayer, and we did listening prayer every night. This gave the Lord the space to speak through us to our teammates. It gave us a chance to speak life and truth over our teammates and ourselves.

One of my favorite things that I walked deeper in this month was the start of my prayer journal. Since coming on the race, I have started journaling nearly every day. I often found that most times, my journal would turn into prayers, so I started a prayer journal.

My heart behind this is to document every prayer that I pray because I found that so many times, I would pray for things, the Lord would answer that prayer and then I would completely forget that I even prayed for it.

This is a documentation of every prayer I pray simply because I want to physically be reminded of the faithfulness and goodness of our Father. I want to see my prayers, and I want remembrance of them being answered.

As I pray these prayers, I will go through the journal and write updates and the date that it’s answered or the date the Lord is doing work on. This has actually been one of my favorite things and a great way to see the Lord move and a great way to see the Lord working.

The Lord has given me a whole new heart for prayer over the last month. I have learned what it looks like to be in constant fellowship and communication with the Lord in the day-to-day life. I have learned what it looks like to be in continuous conversation with him and to invite him into every part of my life.

This has been one of the sweetest areas of growth that I have ever experienced. It is so special to me that I have the opportunity to communicate with the Father, and he is right there ready to listen whenever I want or need. I just have to go to him. That is a true gift.

Keia Blair is a Seymour native who attends Cincinnati Christian University. During her nine-month mission trip around the world, she is submitting a series of blogs that will appear in The Tribune. Send comments to [email protected].