Billy Graham once said, “To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees”. It is a truth universally acknowledged among Christians that prayer changes; a cry out to our Heavenly Father never goes unheard.
Within Sarah Vienna Music, within Firm Foundations Romania and within my own personal life, prayer is the epicenter. That’s why, when my colleagues and I were invited to the 10th annual Romanian Prayer Breakfast held at Parliament in Bucharest, it was an easy invitation to accept - we were honored to be a part of the event.
The Romanian Parliament is one of the largest buildings in the world (second only to the Pentagon in Washington D.C.) and the Ecumenical Prayer Group of the Romanian Parliament has been putting on this event for 10 years - this year being their Jubilee Anniversary celebration!
Earlier this year I attended a similar event at Parliament and thought to myself how wonderful it would be to sing at such a venue. It was a real-life dream come true to carry my guitar into that gorgeous building this morning.
My colleague Jennifer and I sang “Seeds For Destiny” - one of my newer songs that will be released on my 2016 EP. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit nervous. As this is an ecumenical prayer group, all religions are invited to come together for the event. More than anything, I wanted God to use me. I wanted to be a vessel and I wanted Him to speak through me so that hearts would be transformed.
Mary, Jen and I prayed that the Holy Spirit would be present and He was. I was able to speak briefly beforehand and God used that time well. Speaking about being the Body of Christ and how we all make up that body enabled me to say the name of Jesus and to profess my faith so that others may share in the joy that I’ve received through knowing Him!
Afterwards, I was honored and encouraged by the words of praise for “Seeds For Destiny”. Leaders from Slovakia to Boston and everywhere in between were touched and even remarked how the music brought the focus back to what was important - God.
It’s easy to get caught up in politics and niceties. That’s one of the reasons I love music so much, because it’s true and pure and because it allows people, all people, to connect. Looking out into the smiling faces of the attendees this morning and watching them tap their feet or nod their head along with the beat made my heart so full.
Only God can unify us, only God can bring peace to this decrepit world. Today, our prayer and plea was that God would be present in our hearts and in Romania.
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