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Testimony Thursday: Learning to Pray Like My Mom

By Sherine Dissanayake
I was raised by a single godly mother who invested every hour in simply loving Jesus.  I watched my mom pray on her knees every day, 6am and 8pm to be more specific. My mom would have long lists of prayer requests and pictures of people she would pray for. Sometimes she would silently listen to God, sometimes loud weeping, and other times singing praises with her beautiful slightly high-pitched alto voice. Like every little girl who secretly wears her mother’s red lipstick, I too learned to pray like my mom, silently, loudly, in singing, in dancing sometimes with radical faith and passion, and sometimes out of routine.

At the age of 19, with two days of planning, I moved to America to attend a Christian college, over 9000 miles away from my home sweet home, Sri Lanka. Within a week after my move, I found myself culture shocked, overwhelmed and feeling abandoned. My second week, I received dreadful news over a phone call, that one of my student grants were no longer available. As a result, I had to come up with a large sum of money on my own by the end of that week. That night, tired after three classes, two jobs and terrible news, I knelt beside my bed and cried out to God pleading for His provision. Hours into being in God’s presence, I felt an unexpected sense of peace. At that moment, God reminded me of how He had provided and cared for my single mother who raised me by faith. In response, I surrendered my anxiety and unbelief to God, desperately hoping that He would provide.

The next day, on my way to class, I saw my student financial advisor at a distance, and feeling anxious, I took a detour to avoid facing him. An hour later, I received an email from him with these words, “Sherine, I have great news for you. This morning someone walked into our student financial services and offered to pay your tuition in full.”

I never found out who this God sent generous person was, but I was reminded of a truth my mom taught, Jehovah Jireh, our God provides!!! I share this story not to communicate that our God always provides in supernatural ways, but to say that our God longs to hear us, help us, teach us and walk with us.

As we dive deeper into our prayer season, I pray that you and I would pray at all times through every season simply to journey life with Jesus!
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