Journey to Prayer

God has allowed me to experience such an incredible journey through prayer which only He could have orchestrated.  I grew up with my mom teaching me how to pray before eating and going to bed.  But other than that, prayer did not hold much meaning for me.  After adulthood and the onset of facing life’s challenges, prayer gained more importance in my life.  The search for books concerning prayer was ignited in me.  My interests expanded with the realization that there is power in Jesus’ name.  I attended prayer breakfasts and workshops. 
 
Years ago, my church did a group study on Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life.  We were encouraged to find a study/prayer partner.  My first prayer partner, Nellie suggested that 5:30 was the best time for us to pray.  Although I would have to stay after work, I was more than willing to accommodate her busy schedule.  I eagerly said, “Great, let’s start tomorrow evening.”  Imagine my surprise when she laughed and said, “I meant 5:30 a.m.!”  At the time, I was waking up at 6:30 a.m.  Could this possibly be God’s will?  I reluctantly agreed and we were prayer partners for a few years until her family moved.
 
After a brief time of praying solo, my sister-in-Christ, co-worker and friend, Betty introduced me to Grace.    Grace would occasionally have lunch with Betty which would always conclude with prayer.  Betty invited me to join them.  I looked forward to these times of group prayer and Christian fellowship and was praying for more of God in my life. 
 
Around this time, a lunch time prayer group formed at work.  This lasted for a few years followed by another dry season.  “God, what's next?”  He answered my prayer in a unique way.  A friend of mine, who was attending seminary, started a prayer group which still exists after 6 years.  I am blessed to be one of the group’s original intercessors.   
 
God then gave me the confidence to invite a small group of sisters at work to pray occasionally.  We closed our office doors and prayed for various concerns.    Once, we prayed in a file room.  Perhaps, God was showing us that if your heart is right, any location can become a prayer closet.  I then answered the call for intercessors at my church to pray with those who accepted Christ as their personal savior.   God definitely was up to something good!     
 
In 2015 I attended a prayer gathering at Ajung’s home.  She was a board member of WOW! at the time.  That same year after praying together for months, another board member Carolyn and I were humbled to be asked by Grace to co-lead NYC WIT (WOW! Intercessory Team).  God is always in the business of molding and shaping us.    It was decided to use a conference call carrier to accommodate our growing family of intercessors.  In March 2016, a WIT free prayer conference call was launched.  Initially, we prayed every Monday morning.    During the presidential primaries, we were led to change the day to Tuesday to accommodate prayer for our nation.  Ken and Ginger (“Kenger”) (National WIT Prayer Coordinators) were in NY in the summer of 2016.  Grace, Manni, May (the staff of WOW!) and I were able to enjoy a day of fellowship which concluded with a WIT dinner meeting.   Under God’s direction in 2016, WIT conference calls were also held on the National Day of Prayer (May) A Night with Ken and Ginger Steggall (July) and Christmas Advent Prayer (December).   During these times both east and west coast intercessors prayed together, and we were blessed on one call to have an intercessor from Hong Kong join us.  To God be the glory! for the technology that allows us to intercede across the miles.
 
It is my sincere desire for all Christians to experience the fullness of God’s power in their lives through answered prayer.  God’s blessings are there for all of us to enjoy.  Our Heavenly Father always wants His best for His children. There are no prayer requests that are too big or too small.  God is concerned about every aspect of our lives and desires to answer our prayers in His time. 

I have learned that prayer requires patience and persistence.  Never give up on your prayer requests.  Sometimes, it may be years before the situation you are praying about is resolved.  However, our God is a forever faithful, promise keeper!     
 
Who knew that through fervent prayer, reading books on prayer, workshops and sister2sister relationships God would lead me to WOW!? God knew.  All the time, He was ordering my steps on this spiritual journey.  God has a master plan for all our lives.  Actually, we are all intercessors, whether we officially serve in that capacity or not.  If you have ever prayed for a sick person, comforted someone who has lost a loved one, etc., you are an intercessor.  I encourage you to embrace the gift of intercession and surrender your will to God.  Watch and see the spiritual journey He leads you on.

Caroline Telfer is the East Coast WIT Coordinator.  She lives in NYC and worships at Love Gospel Assembly in the Bronx, NY.  She is ready to pray as early as 6am every morning. She enjoys walking all around NYC and loves learning about culture. 

Caroline Telfer is the East Coast WIT Coordinator.  She lives in NYC and worships at Love Gospel Assembly in the Bronx, NY.  She is ready to pray as early as 6am every morning. She enjoys walking all around NYC and loves learning about culture.