The other day, I was at a restaurant celebrating Joanna, my 4-year-old daughter’s birthday. We were out on a daddy/daughter date, just the two of us. Once we got our food, I said a short prayer, and my daughter looked at this man walking in our direction with a brace on his leg. She immediately told me, “Dad, you need to pray for him.” Knowing the uncomfortableness and the awkward moment it would cause, I kind of shrugged it off by saying that I would do it after lunch (thinking to myself, “did I really just make that commitment to my four year old?”). However, that response was not good enough as she then told me that I needed to do it now, haha.
Once our wonderful meal together was over, I told her I would pray for the man. Again, she said, “You need to do it now dad!” I did and the interaction overall was good with the gentleman. The guy thought it was funny that my daughter requested that I pray. When I returned back to the table, Joanna thought it was funny that the guy laughed when I asked him if I could pray for him.
A life of faith is often an invitation into the unknown. Into the unpredictable and, often, the uncomfortable. As the saying goes: God gave us the Comforter because He knew we would need comfort.
Most of us want to know before we go. But if we want to live a life that requires God to show up, we often need to go before we know. This was the call of Abraham, who is known as the father of faith (Romans 4:16), and now the call of every son and daughter of God who wants to live by faith.
“By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8)
When I got up from the table to pray for the man I didn’t know how it was going to go. I just knew that God loved this man and wanted to show him that through a simple gesture of prayer.
May today be a day that we partner with God to love whoever He puts around us. That we wouldn’t be hesitant to show love through praying for someone, giving them a word of encouragement, blessing them financially, or whatever else we believe the Spirit (or our four-year-old daughter) is prompting us to do.
Living by faith is the journey into the unknown but the great thing about it is that God becomes very present for those that journey into it with Him.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)