Learning And Growing

September 27, 1999
by Michael Steckel

Matthew 21:22 – If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. (NIV)

As many of you know, my brother was recently in the hospital. He had fallen into a coma, and things did not look too good. My brother was born blind, and had retarded growth. He has always suffered from seizures through his life. I remember when I was still in school he had fallen into a coma and the doctors told my parents that he might not pull out then. Because of his condition the doctors felt that he would not live to a ripe old age. (He is now 35.) So when this recent incident happened, I felt that this might be it. Being so far away from home, it seemed that I could not do anything to help. All I could do was pray for my brother. My brother was put on the prayer list at my church. Also one of the friends with whom I work had my brother added to his church's prayer list. Then I added my brother to the prayer list on this page. It seemed that there were so many people praying for my brother and my family. When it looked like I had to get on a plane and fly home to bury my brother, he pulled out of the coma. He is now home and is doing pretty well.

I must admit that prayer has been a weak part in my spiritual life. I have had difficulty with this phase of my relationship with God. Now, I have seen the power of prayer, and I am trying to improve this part of my life. In today's scripture, we are told that if we believe we will receive what we ask for in prayer. Does this mean we will get anything we ask for? As believers, our request should be in accord with the kingdom of God. As I mature in my faith, I find that I want to do only God's will. This also goes for my prayer life. What I pray for and about is for God's will to be done. Because of my brother, I have learned that prayer is an important part of my life. While my brother never speaks, he has told me many things about my relationship with God.

In the past, my prayers were few and far between. Then God showed me just how important prayer is to my life. Now, there is not enough time in the day for my prayers.

Prayer: God, we confess that at times our prayers are few and far between. Yet you show us clearly just how important prayer is for our lives. Thank you for all opportunities to talk with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

About the author:

Michael Steckel
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

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