“I’m praying for you.”
How often do we utter those words almost too casually when we hear of a friend’s struggle, a family member’s trial?
How often do we speak those words and then promptly forget to write down that prayer and to lift it to God in our petitions?
So often I am guilty of just that – I am either too casual or full of good intentions that I don’t follow through on in prayer. But sisters – there is real power in prayer. God-ordained, supernatural power.
This week, my family was the beneficiary of the power of prayer. For those of you who know me, you know my father has had a long journey from diagnosis of prostate cancer and surgery to remove his prostate three years ago. That journey included his near death after an injury from the original surgery, a miraculous recovery, another extensive surgery to repair his abdomen and then struggles with infection the past two years. Today he had another surgery to try to remove internal sutures that they think have been causing the infection.
Before day was even dawning, I reached out to friends via social media to ask for intercession for a successful surgery and blessings for the medical professionals. I had reached out to others earlier to ask them to pray. And pray they did.
Dad came through the surgery successfully. A struggle to get the right equipment to be able to send him home was solved far in advance of when we thought it would. Pain seems to be minimal.
Some might relegate this only to the skill of the medical professionals and their extensive level of experience. We have great faith in them – but we have an even greater faith in our God. We know of the immense power of prayer – to bring about calm and peace to frazzled nerves, to steady the hands of medical professionals, and to bring about miracles of healing where it doesn’t seem even possible for someone on the brink of death.
It reminds me of my immense gratitude for all those who have said they would pray and who have done so. I am confident that the prayers of God’s faithful sons and daughters are heard by Him. Psalm 107:28-31 give us a picture of the power of calling out to God in prayer.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress.
He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them to their desired haven.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
Today when you hear of a friend’s trials or family member’s pain, will you commit with me to bringing those burdens together to God in prayer? To follow through on your commitments? To be intentional about lifting them up? I know that if together we call out to God in prayer, the power will be unleashed.