Mary teaches the Four Steps of Prayer in the Kawiya village.
Mary Phiri was sharing with some village gogos, both grandmothers and grandfathers, that the greatest gift we will ever give our children and grandchildren will be our prayers for them. She explained that, talking to your Heavenly Father gives you hope when you feel hopeless, peace when you are fearful, and wisdom when you don’t know what to do. Jesus’ words, “Come unto me all who are weary… and I will give you rest,” is a promise from Jesus that you can depend on.
Then she challenged them to gather together to pray for the children and for their schools using the Four Steps of Prayer. She described them like steps you take up a hill to meet with God, and where you bring your children and grandchildren’s needs to Him in prayer together. Then she taught that the first step is Praise, (Praising God for who He is) the second step is Confession (Which she is holding an illustration of) and the third step is Thanksgiving. These first three steps prepare your heart for step four, which is Intercession, when you ask God’s help for your grandchildren and pray a Scripture for them.
As the gogos prayed in twos and threes together, for many it was the first time to pray out loud with another person. Mary went on to share that you will get to know God and His Word, the Bible, and you will begin to trust Him with everything in your life and this will bring joy, peace and hope in your heart as you pray.
Mary also addressed the question, How do I know God will hear my prayers?
You may not be sure God will hear and answer your prayers. You may doubt that you are God’s child or that you have a personal relationship with God. You may wonder whether you would go to heaven to be with God if you died tonight. You can be sure of all these things and also be sure that God will hear and answer your prayers.
Just as a parent recognizes the voice of their own child and a grandparent the voices of their grandchildren, so the Heavenly Father knows the voice of each one of His children. Think about this truth: God loves you personally! In His great love He gave the world His greatest treasure—His only child, Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross in your place as payment for your sins, and for the sins of the whole world. Because of His death and resurrection you can experience God’s great love now and throughout all eternity.
No matter where your sins have taken you, God’s forgiveness is perfect and complete, because Jesus died for all your sins. Salvation is a free gift, but you have to receive it and take it. Will you take this gift from God? Make the following prayer the most important prayer of your life as you begin praying for your grandchildren.
“Dear Father, thank you for sending your Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sin. I want to be your child. Please come into my heart and forgive me of all my sins. I want to live for you alone. Thank you for making my heart your home. Amen.”
In the Bible, in John 1:12, if you honestly prayed that prayer, this is God’s promise to you: “…to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God–”
If you have prayed this prayer with all your heart, you are now a member of God’s family. You are His child! You now can know for sure that God will hear and answer your prayers.