Power of Prevailing Prayer

 

Now it can be told. It’s official. I’m hired and I’m back as a preschool teacher.

This isn’t about me or my new work. This post is about how the Lord has spoken to me all throughout my journey in finding a new job.

You all know that my life “stopped” for five years because I waited for my mom to be fully recovered from her accident. Despite this, those five years were meaningful years for me because I devoted my time and energy for the family.

Last November 2016, my husband came home and his work came to an end because of the oil crisis in the Middle East. I was anxious to say the least but we hung on to God’s promise that He will take care of all our needs despite the drought in our lives.

It was at this point that I decided I needed to help my husband in any way I can. I thought to myself, if ever I find work again, then my husband will have the option to stay here in the Philippines with me. Besides, my mom is completely well already.

So my job search began. I said, let me find work in the Human Resource field again. But even though I applied to a lot of companies, I did not receive any single call for three months despite my achievements and work experience. I worried that 10 years have passed since I had an HR position. Who would hire someone like me?

Then it happened. I realized I wasn’t praying for God’s will and direction. I was carving out my own path from my own fallible wisdom. I decided to revive my devotion with God and I’m now willing to be led by Him. So I listened. And I prayed. And I trusted. And I waited.

The Lord brought to my mind that what He has given me is the gift of teaching young children. He reminded me of His life assignment for me. I had to shift my plans to land a prestigious HR job. Teaching is my calling. And I have to obey. Doing something outside God’s purpose for my life is just like rebelling and going against God’s will.

So I prayed some more. Lead me Lord to where you want me to go. I laid to God my needs and my limitations and told Him to just give unto me what will be the best for me and my family. Close the doors if that path will lead me to destruction. I bared my heart’s motives to God on why I want to work again and asked Him to purify every part of my desires.

Three weeks. It only took me three weeks to finally get the “you’re hired” statement from my employer. Every step of the way, I prayed for this job. It is no longer monetary goals that I’m after, but a rich, rewarding experience I will gain through this new work I will have.

I prayed, Lord, just give me enough of what I need. I trust that what You have given is best for me and my family.

I’m happy. Truly happy that the Lord was with me all this time. His wisdom and guidance led me to where I am now. There is indeed power in prevailing prayer. After all that has been said and done, the truth remains that when ¬†You put God first, all else follows.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

– Matthew 6:33