We met one night, as we were leaving the NICU. She told me their baby boy had heart problems, and that they named him Azari, which means the Lord has helped.
People who pray declare that the Lord has helped even, or maybe especially, when life is hard.
I sat beside my grandson’s incubator and looked across the NICU at so many babies, some sick, some born too soon to survive alone.
Because I believe, I prayed. “This is hard. But You promise to make it good. These children need You for life now and for eternity. Your steadfast love is our hope.”
For those who love God all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).
The eye of the Lord is one those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love (Psalm 33:18).
Our first grandson* (I love him so!) was born a preemie. At first, we could not hold him. “Being held is stressful,” the nurses said.
So we watched him and we prayed, continually asking the Lord to hold him.
The next morning I noticed a book in a restroom. I picked it up and it fell open to this: “People were bringing little children to Jesus . . . and he took them in his arms, put his hands on them, and blessed them” (from Mark 10:13-16).
It seemed to me the Lord was saying, “You don’t have to keep asking. I heard you the first time. Holding too-small babies is what I do. It’s who I am.”
My tear-filled pleas became prayers of thanksgiving: “Thank you, Lord, for holding baby boy!”
*Baby boy, born to our middle daughter, is now 6+ weeks old. He’s home and doing well.
“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; . . . I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation” (Psalm 5:3).
You can’t pray all day if you don’t start in the morning.
Valiant men, expert in war, who carried shield and sword,
Prevailed over their enemy because they cried out to God in the battle.
He granted their urgent plea because they trusted in him (from 1 Chronicles 5:18-22).
“‘Not by might, nor by power, but by Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6).
Jesus said: Go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you (Matthew 6:6).
Elijah did just that. He saw the child lying dead on his bed. So he went in and shut the door behind the two of them and prayed to the Lord (2 Kings 4:32-33).
Death became life because of secret prayer!
An enemy army surrounded them, but Elisha confidently believed,
“Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
Then Elisha prayed for his servant. “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.”
So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man.
Next Elisha prayed about the enemy: “Please strike this people with blindness.”
So the Lord struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha.
And then Elisha prayed again,”O Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.”
So the Lord opened their eyes and they saw.
You can read the whole story in 2 Kings 6:15-23.