It was a dusty day in the dried out rice paddy. We had come to ask the Lord to bless this impoverished people. Our team of four removed our hats, bowed our heads, and began to pray. Pouring out our heartfelt request, we searched for words to express our grief at the impoverished plight of the people around us. Land mines and killing fields had replaced the abundance they had once known.
From these fields sprung forth a school, high school, and computer center. Faith without cement is dead. Faith calls forth the provision of the Lord. He is the author and finisher of our faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.
As the buildings began to rise, and the students to flourish, we asked the Lord, “What manner of prayer shall we teach these young people?” His reply was, “The prayer you learned as the anchor for your faith.”
And so it was that the 68 words that will change your world were introduced into the public school of Rongko Cambodia. A school and eight villages that have become a model to the province in which they are found. We downloaded the prayer from the Internet. We did not teach it, but simply said that it would be offered to every student and teacher at the beginning of each school day. We printed it and laminated the pages to prevent wear and tear.
Our Father who is in Heaven, holy is Your name.
Your Kingdom come Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors,
And do not lead us into temptation
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
“You mean that 4,000 Buddhist children repeating a prayer changed their lives?” That is exactly what happened. The parents wanted copies so we made them and sent them home. We trained 10 full time pastors to teach about the Father in heaven and the region was transformed. We have the top students in the nation, the best rice, no sickness, and lots of faith in our Heavenly Father. Try it.