Note: In January 2011 my wife and I went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This post is part of a series of blogs I have written to convey what I learned while on this life changing trip. You can read about the entire trip in the devotional book Touching the Footprints of Jesus.
After leaving the Christian shop, an Arab Christian asked our tour guide if he might pray for our tour group. We obviously were pleased to have him do so. We were then blessed as he proceeded to pray the Lord’s Prayer for us in Arabic. Though prayer is powerful in any language, hearing that famous prayer prayed exactly as Jesus would have said it, was even more powerful than a normal rendition of the Lord’s Prayer.
Speaking of the power of prayer, on another day we were touring Jerusalem and had just finished praying at the Western Wall. As we were walking away from the area around the Western Wall to continue our tour of other sites in the city, a young Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walked up to me. The young man thanked me for coming to his nation and for praying for his people at the Western Wall. He asked me if I was married and had children. I told him I was married and had three children. He then proceeded to place his hand on head and pray a powerful prayer of blessing on me and on my wife and children. Of all the people in our tour group, I do not know why the young man selected me, but I felt blessed by God to have one of His chosen people pray for me. I was moved to tears at his spiritual gift to me and it was a powerful reminder to me of the power of a simple prayer.
Today, as we go through our daily affairs, may we look for someone whom we might encourage through prayer.