Wanted to share a quick God-story with you.
Yesterday evening my neighbors had a terrible accident happen at their home, involving a truck. Their son who is in his 20s was injured severely and rushed to the hospital. I was so shaken and burdened for my neighbors. So, the prayer warriors were summoned. About 60 people were informed (vaguely of the situation/prayer need) and they responded to the call.
About noon today, my Father and I walked over to my neighbors a few houses down. The Dad came to the door. The first thing out of his mouth was, "Thank you. Throughout the night your family kept coming to mind. I knew that you all were praying for us." He then continued to tell us about his son's health, "After they ran the x-rays and testing, they took my son to surgery where they found not one fractured bone. The doctors say that this is a miracle from God." Then the Mom came out and in tears she thanked us for our prayers. She asked me, "I recieved a note on the door, was that you." I told her it was me and she thanked me for the verses (dude, that was God!). There was more conversation but in the end we asked her if we could pray with her and she accepted.
Yesterday night I left a note on their door and God gave me two scriptures to share with them:
Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled. Psalm 6:2
I cried to the LORD with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. Psalm 3:4
I share this story because there is divine power in prayer, especially in intercessory prayer. About an hour before this incident at my neighbors happened I was curled up on my couch with a fluffy conforter reading the book of Ezra. In chapter 8, verse 23 says, "So we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and he heard our prayer." Intercessory prayer invites God's compassion and power... that was manifested with my neighbors. They (just like any of us) are not worthy of God's compassion, but when God's people came together and earnestly prayed a miracle happened- a physical life was saved.
I encourage you to pray for those around you. And when you recieve a phone call, a text, an email asking for prayer, take the time to actually pray, believing that God will do the miraculous.
May God our Father give you grace and peace.
We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people. Colossians 1:2-4