Sunday, December 17, 2017

From the Heart: The Power of Prayer

READ Psalm 61:1-8

Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer;

Sometimes I am amazed at my own forgetfulness. You might remember that earlier this week I sent out a prayer request for three of my close friends and relatives. Buddy, Marlene’s brother who was in the hospital with pneumonia, Margaret, my sister-in-law who was having hip replacement surgery, her second and Joyce, a close friend of our family who had been admitted to the hospital with multiple internal infections, pneumonia and a huge mass on one of her lungs.

In the grand scheme of things I have good news, bad news and then great news. First the good news is that both Buddy and Margaret are much better. Margaret had successful surgery and is now at home recovering. And Buddy’s pneumonia has been cleared and he has been sent back to the assisted living facility where he now lives. The bad news is that Buddy has advance Alzheimer’s and his mind continues to slip away.

But here is the great news; I won’t go into all the details except to say that when Joyce was admitted to the hospital the doctors didn’t hold out much hope for her recovery. She had so many problems all at the same time and the doctor that came in and talked to us on Tuesday was almost certain that the large mass they found on her lung was cancerous. Now, Joyce and her best friend Jay are Christians. I spent several hours with them that day. We laughed, we cried and we prayed. Then on Wednesday they got the results back on the tests that were done on the mass on her lung and it was NOT CANCER. And the internal infections that she has are being handled so well by the antibiotics they gave her that she will soon be going home.

Now, I respect doctors. They go through years of training, many because they want to be able to help people but the sweet little doctor that talked to us on Tuesday apparently didn’t understand the power of prayer.

I want to thank all my readers for your prayers. And to impress upon your minds that God is always listening when we call out to him. Whether we are crying out for help or shouting for joy, His communication line is always open. He is your friend, talk to Him, even about the little things. I’ve heard it said that anything that’s big enough to worry about is big enough to pray about.

I encourage you to think about God as your best friend, your constant companion. One you can share everything with and have confidence that he cares. If you are a Christian you have that privilege.

PRAYER:

All wise and gracious Heavenly Father, I humbly come to you tonight, thanking you for the privilege of prayer. To know that you love us and care about our well-being is such a comfort. And Father we know that your wisdom is far greater than any man and we understand that this world is not our home. We truly are just passing through. And I thank you for that greatest gift of all, “Jesus Christ” your Son and our Savor. For without him we would be with hope. In His Holy Name I Pray, AMEN!

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