Paul and Timothy were burdened beyond their strength, so they asked the church, “Help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted to us through the prayers of many (2 Corinthians 1:11).
We’re told that Paul taught about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance (Acts 28:31).
That’s what happens when people pray.
Our daughter-in-law was in the Middle East when she texted, “Please pray. I am sick. I keep throwing up and have no energy. Our plane leaves in 7 hours.” I was with my 4 year old granddaughter Emma that day, so we prayed together that the Lord would heal her.
When Aunt Kathy arrived home, I asked, “Are you well?”
She responded, “Yes, I am!”
As Emma grows, I will remind her often how God answered our prayers!
A group of men meet regularly at McDonalds. One man’s wife died, and he wondered if he would see her again.
Another man prayed for the perfect opportunity to give him the book, One Minute After You Die, by Erwin Lutzer.
God gave the perfect opportunity.
A young boy asked God to heal his dying aunt. When she passed he told his mom, “God doesn’t answer prayer.”
She wisely said, “You weren’t the only one praying. Auntie wanted to go to heaven. He answered her prayer.”
People pray all different things. God’s answers are always right.
The best man in our wedding told my husband, “If you love your wife, you do the dishes.”
Last night, he was once again doing dishes when the sink filled with water. He tried this, that, and the other thing to get it to drain. Nothing worked.
When it was finally unclogged, I asked, “What did you do?”
He answered, “I prayed.”
I arrived home from school tired and discouraged. I thought of others’ sufferings. I prayed, out loud, “Lord, why is life so hard?
I walked past my computer and noticed my niece* had emailed a Bible verse: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).”
That verse was God’s direct answer to my prayer: When life is hard God comforts me so I learn how to comfort others.
*Bethany regularly emails verses. Her quiet reminders of truth are a continual blessing to me.
As we walked through the bookstore, one title’s claim caught my eye: “How Science Can Help You Prevent Miscarriage.” Since two of our daughters miscarried recently, I bought the book.
I was reminded today, that although scientific truth is helpful and valid, life comes from God.
After Hannah prayed for a child, “God began making the necessary arrangements in response to what she had asked (I Samuel 1:19 MSG).