Prayer has been a huge part of our time in the Philippines thus far. We pray often: when we wake, while we wash clothes, walking to and from Bible studies… Prayer keeps us focused and unifies us with Christ and each other.
One morning, Kristy, Annie, and I were having group time. We were talking about how much more powerful it is to pray in our own “heart language.” Before this conversation when Kristy and I prayed, Annie would translate. This day Annie closed one of our Bible studies with prayer and after she had prayed I felt lead to pray as well. This time, I prayed without Annie translating. As we were leaving, Annie turned and looked at me and said, “WOAH, God is GOOD!!”
Apparently, our prayers were identical, only in different languages. We were amazed.
Later we remembered the conversation from that morning. We were reminded that we have the same Holy Spirit dwelling inside us! Language does not separate us. We serve the same God and He speaks through all languages in every nation!
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. –Romans 8:26-27