“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
– Mother Teresa –
I love this quote by Mother Teresa. It’s really a quote about the humility and obedience of prayer. Prayer is about putting our trust fully in God, setting down our desires to live for His, and being obedient to the things that He is speaking in our lives. This humility and obedience before God is exactly where we want our students to be. It’s out of this humility and obedience that students begin to realize that their mission is God’s and not theirs. They begin to realize that they need a trust in God’s Spirit for their mission.
There are two questions that a disciple of Jesus asks: What’s God saying to me? What am I going to do about it?
The focus question for this step in the multiplication process is the former: What’s God saying to me? God speaks to us and reveals Himself to us in many different ways. One of the ways that God speaks to us is when we come to Him in prayer. As leaders, we need to allow space and TIME for students to wrestle with what it is God is saying to them.
Once we have helped students identify their passions we begin to encourage students with this question: What’s God saying to you about how you can use your passion to live your life as your mission? It is essential for us to let students fully seek God out on this. Yes, we provide some guidance and insight at various points. Ultimately, it’s healthier for students in the long run to be on their knees, in God’s presence, wrestling and discerning the things He is leading them to. The more dependent they become on God and the more they humble themselves before Him, the more they will learn to operate out of a posture of servanthood, humility, and Spirit-promptedness as they lead others.
The step of prayer is, in many ways, the gateway to the path that God is leading students down. It’s in seeking God’s will that students begin to obtain their sense of purpose and direction. This is a crucial step, and like I said before, as leaders we need to allow space for students to wrestle and wait for God. Seeing students come out of this step with that purpose, direction, and vision is a beautiful things to be a part of. This is the power of prayer.