Our pastoral team left our offices to pray for our friends in the hospital. Their chid is very sick. We walked in a line down the long corridor of the hospital, doors were opened, giving us a view of children laying in beds, waiting for healing. While we were on a mission to be with one family, it was clear we were to pray silently as we passed each door, knowing their stories were different and the same. I’ve been behind the door and know if, others had not prayed, life would not be what it is today.
I’ve talked to people who had never prayed, dismissing the reality of God listening and answering, until they became desperate and did not know what to do. Suddenly prayer became necessary and life-sustaining.
Before we judge, we need to remember and confess there’ve been days when a word to God has been barely breathed. But, when the impossibilities press in, we find ourselves more on our knees than ever, asking and even begging God to make the impossible become possible, receiving a peace beyond ourselves, wondering why we don’t pray more often, not only for ourselves but for others.
When the answer to our prayer comes, we breathe a prayer of thanksgiving. Even so, we don’t always know if our prayers have been answered when we pray for others, especially for people we may never meet.
It’s a mystery how we can pray for people we don’t know; however, it’s not about who we pray for but, if, we pray. When we do pray, when we take the time and make the effort, God listens and answers, changing the dynamics of life itself.
Call to Me,
and I will answer you.
I will tell you of great things,
things beyond what you can imagine,
things you could never have known.
(Jeremiah 33:3, The Voice)
To know God listens and answers prayer, changes the way we live our life, making us more aware of prayer being a gift rather than a spiritual chore. I re-learned this lesson at the hospital. On the way in, we passed a room with a sleeping child hooked up to IVs, covered with bandages and sadness. I prayed for the child I did not know. On our way out, as we passed the same room, the child looked at me and smiled. While it might seem small, smiling is big for a sick child. I knew God had heard and answered.
Pray for someone today.
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(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)