Prayer and expectation

By Mike Gore

Mike from Open Doors Australia recently spent some time in Lebanon and was challenged by the prayer lives of Muslim refugees that were seeking Jesus…

In Syrian refugee camps, Muslims are doing something incredibly dangerous. They are going to church, and they’re seeking Jesus.

I’ve learnt more about prayer from Muslims in the last week than you could ever imagine. The convicting reality is that these Muslims have a greater expectation that Jesus will answer their prayer than I do. It’s something I will never forget.

These people are Syrian refugees. They are Muslim. And, they are seeking Jesus.

I was sitting in a church in Lebanon, full of veiled Muslim women seeking Jesus. The Pastor asked whose prayer from last week was answered.

Several hands went up. Testimony after testimony.

The service finished with the pastor asking the women for their prayer requests for the next week. Not only do they have them ready to share, but they wake up with an expectation that Jesus will have heard and answered their prayer. And even if He doesn’t answer it overnight, they continue to pray–day after day–with an expectation that He will respond.

In that moment I realised that I couldn’t remember what I prayed for yesterday, let alone last week. But more than that, what have I ever consistently prayed for with an expectation so great, that I was compelled to look for the answer? I’ve learnt that Jesus hears our prayers but doesn’t necessarily answer them overnight. That respect-filled trust in God should drive us to go looking for the answer.

I’ve learnt that prayer is more than asking for the things I want. It’s trusting Him for the things I need.
I’ve learnt that prayer is indisputably an act of worship.

It’s on the Syrian border in refugee camps that this is happening. These people are Syrian refugees. They are Muslim. And, they are seeking Jesus.

“If we knew the power of prayer we’d be on our knees a hundred times a day asking for things that would turn the world upside down.”
Brother Andrew, Open Doors Founder

The Author
Mike is an all round legend and is also the CEO of Open Doors Australia. He features in a few vids that we've posted and as well as being a great story teller, is a known speaker, incredible leader and deeply passionate about seeing the church in the west stand alongside their persecuted family...

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