Prayer works – see how!

I’m leaving for Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 8 days. I have my documents in order and have already started a packing list. This is the most physically ready I have ever been for an overseas flight. This is also the most spiritually prepared I have ever been for a missions trip. Why? How do I know this?

I know that I am prepared, because I can confidently say I am covered in prayer. My team and I have been praying both individually and corporately for over 4 months. People have been and will be praying for us. We have been praying for the city of Phnom Penh, for the people of Cambodia, for purity, for protection and covering while we’re there, for encouragement, for joy, for freedom – we have been praying about all these things!


Over the past few months there have been breakthroughs!……..
1.  A house of prayer in Phnom Penh has been established!
When people pray for encouragement, healing, restoration, and the turning of hearts for a city and a country, IT MAKES SENSE that God would establish a heart of prayer there! Prayer is where human hearts are changed!

2. A Child Pornography Ring was Busted!
A great quote from the article about how porn increases demand for more lust….
“This case does not come as a surprise – unfortunately it is all too common and every effort must be made to eliminate the selling of children. Some offenders claim that as long as they don’t actually physically abuse the child directly they are doing no harm. This is a fallacy. Every time these images are viewed it increases the demand for new images and consequently more children become victims. It is a question of supply and demand.”

3. Personal Freedom
For those of you who have been reading my blogs, you’ll realize that this Jesus whirlwind I’m in right now has brought freedom, joy, and great encouragement to me personally. I used to be scared to go to Cambodia; I am now excited! I used to fear seeing and meeting street kids; I am now anxiously longing to personally show them Christ’s love. In April I was discouraged and was fighting to believe Truth; I am now speaking it to myself and to others, praying that the Holy Spirit makes it real to us all. THIS IS NOT A COINCIDENCE! We prayed! I prayed! My family prayed! My friends lifted me up to the Father! I was healed and fear left me because God is GOOD and FAITHFUL and HE ANSWERED MY PRAYERS!

I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4

The point is prayer works. We prayed for offenders to get caught. They did. We prayed for joy. We’re now joy-filled! We prayed against discouragement and asked for encouragement instead (because God gives great exchanges – Isaiah 61:3). We’re encouraged and are seeking Him more passionately! We will continue to ask God for things; because He is a good God who LIKES to give good gifts to His children.

Unexpectedly, I stumbled across Ps 2:8 today….this isn’t a coincidence either 🙂

Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.

HA! We don’t even need to ask God what is on His heart concerning the nations! He already told us! It’s in the Psalms. It’s in the Old Testament. It’s in the New Testament. It’s all over Scripture. He wants worshippers from every tribe, tongue, nation, and language; and He WILL NOT SETTLE until He has them – every last sheep! SO – there it is. I’m going to Cambodia, preaching the word, because the Spirit of the Lord is upon me (Isaiah 61) and He has all authority in Heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). So, I’m going to Cambodia to pray some more, to be encouraged some more, to be filled with joy some more and to pray all of those things and more over my friends and brothers and sisters in Christ who are there. Praying He brings the nations to Himself and that He uses  us while we’re there in whatever way most glorifies Him! 🙂


About morgangascho

I grew up in Iowa, USA (famous for growing corn). I'm contemplative, I love writing, and blogging has become a hobby. Writing worship music is a way to engage in sweet conversation with the Divine Creator of the Universe, Jesus. He is my life. I am hidden in Him and I pray that someday I will know what that means. Until then, I'm seeking His glory, waiting for the day when it will all be revealed to me.
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