On May 31st, 2012 the Maxwell family boarded a plane and moved to eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland) to live at Project Canaan. I hope to update my blog on Saturday mornings and share, as honestly as I can, the highs and lows of our life in Africa. We are living on a farm in a remote part of this tiny Kingdom and are serving the community as well as the orphans and vulnerable children of the nation. Thanks for joining us.
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Saturday, June 2, 2018
Praying with one eye open
When I was a small child I was taught to pray with my eyes closed
tight and would be corrected for opening my eyes until the prayer was finished.
I was to keep them shut tight, as if that act would make my prayers heard by
God (but maybe it was just so that I wasn’t distracted).
This week I attended two birthday parties and I will admit
to opening my eyes during the time that our 40 x 2-year-old children closed
their eyes, put their hands together and gave thanks for the cake that they
were about to receive.At the
first party for Princess I opened my eyes and peaked, and I am so glad I did because
I saw little Jonathan with his hands clasped, and eyes shut so tight that there
was no way of him being distracted from giving thanks. And he has a lot to give
thanks for having arrived at the age of two almost dead from disease and
The next birthday was Benkhosi’s, and again I peaked, only
to find Benkhosi praying with one eye open. What was he looking for, I wondered?Did he think his cake might go away or
that something extra special would appear?
I believe in the power of prayer.Since living in Swaziland I have literally seen the lame
walk, the deaf hear and the blind see. I have seen mountains moved, water come
from dry land and funds provided, all in ways that defies reason.My prayer life has
changed dramatically in the past few years as I now pray EXPECTING my prayers
to be answered and I pray expecting to see the hand of God.Maybe that is why Benkhosi had one eye
Maybe we should all think about praying with one eye open
this week – expecting to SEE God show up and answer our prayers. Why not? He
wants to be seen :)
Live from Swaziland … praying with expectation today.