Power of Prayer
In order to make the most of our position as an organization of Christian women leaders, the National Board of Trustees began its February business meeting in corporate prayer with one another. The trustees were encouraged to pray over one fellow board member, one sister of SAO (whether they be alumnae, active, or other), and one woman that may not be known to the group (even if she was just lifted in name, with no context). It took a little more time than our normal devotional time, but it was well worth it as we communed with one another, for one another, and with Jesus. We were changed through our time in prayer with one another.
I believe in predestination to a certain extent. There is something comforting about knowing that someone knows what’s going on, even if I don’t and can’t control it. Thank God God knows what’s happening, right? (Hellooooo Enneagram type 1!) I believe it, although I can not support it or understand it theologically speaking. I grew up Presbyterian, so I think it is just kind of ingrained in me, so to speak. Because I believe that God knows what is going to happen before it happens, I believe that we pray not so that God will be changed, but so that WE will be changed, and the people we pray for will be changed. So, let us empower women through prayer, on behalf of one another. Pray for those you are mad, or sad, or frustrated at. It is hard to stay mad at someone you are praying for! Pray for those you do not understand. Pray for those who believe differently than you. Pray for those who are just like you. Pray for the unbeliever. Pray for the person who thinks they know it all. Pray for the faithful. Pray, and pray often, for the women around you. The book of Job says, “The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the LORD increased all that Job had twofold” (Job 42:10).
Kayla Lemmon Johnson wisely created the Year of Prayer for our organization, and it has truly been a blessing for those that actively participated - but I think we will see the effects of our Year of Prayer for a long time to come, because we as an organization have been changed because of prayer.