My secret ingredients: faith and prayer

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I would not be where I am without my faith in God, the Creator of the Universe, my Father, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am a firm believer in Christ and today I want to share how this has been my secret ingredient to life. After today, well it is no longer a secret…My glow-up is God-given…a miracle of grace.

I was not raised with a silver spoon in my mouth. My parents were civil servants earning a government salary and I attended both public and mission schools for my primary and high school education. I started seriously praying when I was 15 years old at Sandringham High School which is a Methodist Mission School. I used to be part of the Scripture Union and little did I know that will be the beginning of a beautiful and fulfilling, although challenging relationship with God. I can confidently say that everything I have achieved in the last 15 years of my life since that relationship began is due to my stubborn faith in God and my prayer life.

Most families in Zimbabwe are quite religious and 76% of the population identify as Christians according to this Wikipedia page. I grew up in a home where we were taught that going to church was the right thing to do. I started off going just because I was told to do so, but when I began my own relationship with God, I started going because I wanted to be closer to God. As an adult woman now, I still attend church as a way to fellowship with other believers and spend time in His presence. I have come a long way and these days you can find me singing with the praise & worship team and on occasion sharing a sermon.

What is the point of faith and prayer? In a world where bad things are happening every day, the poor being exploited by the church in Africa at every opportunity and getting even poorer, is there a point to our faith and prayer? Does God even hear our prayers? These are all questions I have come across in contemporary readings and studies of the faith. The church nowadays has quite a bad rep because of fake prophets who are milking the masses dry with promises of a better life. They prey on the desperation of people in despair. I don’t have all the answers, but I will say something about how faith and prayer work in my own life.

  • I refuse to lose hope and become resentful and bitter about what is going on in the world. I choose hope instead. Faith keeps me hopeful of a brighter future. After all, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen Hebrews 11:1 (KJV).
  • When I look back to the time I began my relationship with God, I see how much I have grown and changed. I have been blessed with so many opportunities since then, some of which could never have happened with my own strength or wisdom. Doors have opened in places I never thought they could, I have traveled to places I never dreamt of and sat in boardrooms with people I never thought I could rub shoulders with. I could never look at all that and claim it was all me.
  • Prayer changes things, people, and situations. This is a subjective point, our experiences may be different, but I have definitely seen mountains move in my life.

It is prayer week at Faith Gateway where I get my daily devotionals. I dedicate today’s post to Prayer Week as I begin my week of prayer. I leave you with this:

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