It was my first trip to Africa. I was scheduled to fly from Memphis to Amsterdam, then non-stop from Amsterdam to Arusha, Tanzania. Once I left Memphis to fly to Amsterdam, I knew that it would only be a matter of hours before I would be walking on African soil!
Surprise, surprise! Not so fast! After arriving in Amsterdam, seven other passengers and I were “bumped” from our flight to Arusha. We were flown to Nairobi, Kenya instead where we were to spend the night and then ride a bus to Arusha the next day. While checking in at the Crown Plaza in Nairobi, we were told our bus would be waiting for us at 7:30 the next morning. Seven-thirty came and no bus. One of the other passengers, a Tanzanian who was returning home, called the airline and was told a bus would arrive in a few minutes. A few minutes passed and still no bus. Eight o’clock came and still no bus. Another phone call to the airline resulted in the same promise – a bus would be waiting for us in a few minutes. Eight-thirty came and still no bus. Another phone call and the same promise – a bus would be waiting in a few minutes. Nine o’clock came, still no bus, another phone call was made, and another promise was given.
After another phone call, we found out the airline’s office was located only a few blocks from our hotel. I walked the short distance to the airline’s office, accompanied by the Tanzanian returning home. I do not remember his name but I’ll never forget what he said as he walked up to the receptionist – “I want to speak to someone with power!” Obviously, he was tired of getting the “run-around” and wanted results! And that’s what he got – quick results! It wasn’t long before a bus arrived at the hotel.
As I look back on my experience, I am reminded that great things are accomplished when we talk to someone with power. When I pray to God, I talk to someone who has the greatest power of all. God has the power to create the world from nothing (Genesis 1:1-33). God has the power to part the Red Sea, allowing Moses and the others to cross on dry ground (Exodus 14:21). God has the power to cause the walls of Jericho to fall (Joshua 6:20). God has the power to enable David, while only a young boy, to overcome Goliath, a mighty giant (I Samuel 17:1-51). God has the power to raise the dead (I Kings 17:17-22). God has the power to enable the blind to see and the lame to walk (Matthew 11:4-5).
When I talk to God in prayer, I talk to someone with great power. And because of that, I know prayer will bring fantastic results!