This saintly leader came to our office to be with us and pray with us for a few minutes. While he was here, he shared briefly with our staff, and he reminded us how Jesus is the only constant in our lives and how critical it is that we spend time with Him. After this brother finished sharing, he followed his own advice: He walked directly away to find a place to pray. It was such a blessing for our staff to witness.
I remember when I first met this man about five years ago. He took me into his prayer room—a simple, small room—and sat me on the floor with him so we could pray together. After a while, I looked at my watch— he had been praying for almost two hours! I was shifting around a little, uncomfortable because my legs were falling asleep.
Eventually he said, “Amen,” and I thought he was done. Then he looked over at me and said, “Okay, now it’s your turn.”
It was in meeting him that I began to really understand the reality of sitting still, of being quiet in the Lord’s presence, of simply being with Jesus. This is a man who spends an average of seven hours with the Lord every single day. He didn’t tell me this himself, but those who are close to him mentioned it to me. I was inspired and awed by my time with him, and I know I still have much to learn in the reality of prayer and solitude.
My friend, no matter where you feel like you are in your walk with the Lord, may I encourage you to keep going? Stories like the ones you read about in Harvest come about because of the prayers of God’s people—even if those prayers aren’t anywhere near two hours long. Believe me, you are making a tremendous difference. Jesus loves you, and He will continue to draw you closer to Him. Remember, knowing Him is what matters in the end. Let us press on to know Him more.