Power Of Prayer

June 15, 1998

Psalm 66:19 – But God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer.

It was an ordinary day. I sat at my desk doing those things that all pastors do, checking reports, writing reports, making phone calls and receiving calls. The phone rang, and at the other end was the voice of a former member of a church I pastored. "Pastor"', she said, "I want you to come and visit with me, I am in the hospital." On my way home, I stopped to visit with this dear soul. We recalled the past, and prayed for the future. She informed me that her surgery was scheduled for the following morning. After the prayer, I wished her well and went home.

The following day she didn't cross my mind until I passed the hospital on my way home. I had to stop. Standing at the foot of the bed, I asked her how the surgery went. "Surgery," she said, "What surgery? Have you forgotten that you prayed for me?" "Oh, yes," I said, feeling somewhat embarrassed. I smiled, talked for a few more moments and left the room.

How often in life do we forget the power of prayer? God is with us; too often we seem to forget that that is a fact. Too often we forget the real power of prayer. Indeed, I am guilty. Jesus said, "Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." (Matthew 7:7)

Prayer: Thank you, heavenly Father, for the special blessing of healing. We praise and glorify your Holy Name. Grant us your continued presence this day and all the days to come. Strengthen our faith that we may remain open to your will in our lives. In Your Son's Name. Amen.

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