Prayer And Providence

January 15, 2013
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Luke 11:10 – Everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks the door will be opened. (NIV)

Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV)

As I stood up from my chair to take my first step at the end of our church's pre-service adult Bible study, I experienced a very brief feeling of vacancy in the back of my left leg. Then I flew across the room and landed on my left hip. I knew immediately that the bone damage was serious. I said to those who wanted to help me up, "Don't touch me. Phone an ambulance to take me for an x-ray." Someone did.

X-rays proved a crashed hip. But both hip surgeons were temporarily away from our local Boundary Trails Hospital in southern Manitoba, Canada. The nearest hospital that could accommodate me was an airlift away in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. In the ambulance again, I was taken three miles to a beautiful, wee, stainless steel jet used for medivac.

Total hip-replacement surgery the next day in Regina's Pasqua Hospital laid me over until Saturday afternoon, when someone came into my hospital room saying, "You are being airlifted back to Boundary Trails today." A short time later, someone said, "No plane is available. You will have to go by ground ambulance." It was the day before Easter Sunday, on a holiday weekend! I didn't say it, but I thought, Six hours or so bouncing on an extremely sore hip! I prayed, God, You made one change, You can make another. Soon, someone was in my room saying, "A plane is now available." I was amazed, and very thankful.

As we floated in the beautiful pre-sunset sky, I told the male nurse attending my stretcher about my prayer that had been answered, and I knew from his response that he was a Christian and that he had had a part in the answer. Before we de-planed, he gave me his card.

At home, after ten days of therapy in Boundary Trails Hospital, I was still curious about how the nurse's part fit into the answer to my prayer, so I penned a hasty letter to him using the address from his card, and included my e-mail address.

Here is a shortened version of his e-mail back to me:

    First, my wife and I are Christians, and are involved with our church. I have learned through my walk with Christ to rely on God for a lot of my decision-making, including your medivac. I knew we had the plane and pilots available but we had no nursing staff to accompany you as was required. My initial response was, "I doubt we can do it that day or weekend but I would see what we could do." I called my boss on his day off and he said we would be unable to do it with no staff available, then I had a thought enter my consciousness. I could do it at the end of my shift. He still was wavering on the no side till I said, "You know we always try to return patients we medivac out and it wasn't the patient's fault she had to go to Regina." That did it. He gave his permission. I called Regina's Pasqua Hospital to set it up and I guess that was the answer to your prayer. It was a pleasure to be one of His instruments that day as I remember thinking it would be a long and cruel ride in an ambulance.

Matthew 18:19-20 – Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. (NIV)

We are always challenged by our Lord to pray and not give up. In fact, He asks us to pray without ceasing. He doesn't want us to miss out on the many wonderful blessings He is pleased to bestow.

Let us remember to pray for all of our needs, and for the needs of others. Let us trust Him not only to answer our personal prayers but also to fit our actions to the plans He has for answering the prayers of other persons and to His overall plan for all of His loved ones.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for answering prayers. Help us to remember that You are always open, willing, and waiting to receive our prayers. Lord, we are amazed at Your provision for all of our needs and at Your way of making all things work together for good. Cause us to fit into Your glorious plans for all of the world so that many will believe in Your name and trust You to answer their prayers. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for sharing an inspiring story Isabel.

    Good morning and thank you for your Daily reading today.

    Allison, thanks for your devotional! Good reminder of God!!

    Your timing for writing this encouraging Devotional is truly a blessing and amazing. Thank you.

    Hello Isobel, May I tell you how very much I enjoyed to-day’s Devotion. You have certainly been through a sticky patch. I am sure the Lord was with you. God Bless.

    God is so-o-oh good! Pretty awesome message, Isabel and I am very glad things were worked out for you – in a more comfortable manner.
    Thanks for sharing.

    WELL said!
    Thanks for writing this devotional.

    How often have you heard someone say “it was just luck”. It is too bad that they just don’t realize “luck” is an answer to a prayer in your heart that God answers, whether you know you are praying or not. God knows what is in your heart.

    Dear Isabel,
    I really enjoy your story “Prayer And Providence”.
    Thank you.

    Thank you so much for this devotion. EXACTLY what I needed this morning with the day I have ahead of me. And just an excellent reminder for me as well to JUST TRUST. May you continue to be blessed as you write these good messages that I for one need to hear.

    Isabel dear!
    So true how prayer is vital in our situations.
    You have solid evidence of God’s plan to answer quickly and completely. It does not always happen so instantly but it happens anyway. Thanks be to God! Thank you for sharing and to rejoice!

    Hello Isabel,
    Thanks for your beautiful sharing. I am awaiting surgery and will be away from my ministry for a number of weeks. It is lovely to be reminded of how God answers our prayers.

    Isabel, thank you again for sharing with us. I enjoyed today what you shared with us. God never fails us and I’m grateful to you for this reminder.
    Again, I say thank you Isabel for sharing with us.
    May God continue to bless you.

    Hi Isabel,
    How strange that today’s devotional should be about bones. I have one hip with a record of pop-outs and replacements; another hip replaced and now in bad need of surgery owing to a bad stumble.
    The bad stumble also disturbed shoulder. All the doctor could tell me is, “It will all right itself in a month”…that was last summer. Still very little change.
    And so my dear, be very careful and prayerful not to harm the replaced limb. Never let down your guard. There are just too many people waiting for hip surgery for the surgeons to find time to redo replaced limbs.
    Keep very near the cross and pray for divine help to preserve your hip. The stories of people still climbing mountains and running marathons are mostly apocryphal.
    God bless you in your recovery.

    What a beautiful message assuring us of the wonderful and constant attention God pays to our prayers. Some times I will say to my husband, ” how is it possible God can hear the prayers of everyone, all the time, and answer them so faithfully according to His will”….And my husband will say to me ” because He is God and He sees, knows and hears everything we are going to want or ask for even before we do.” I love my husband for his wonderful steadfast and devoted assurance, he never, never thinks God would be too busy to hear or answer his prayers.
    But to get back to your wonderful illustration – You were to have a wonderful young Christian man with you on your journey home. Do not think it was an accident he was with you, once again, it was the hand of our Lord taking care of one he truly loves.
    Thank you for the lovely message.

    What a wonderful true life story to glorify our Lord.
    My sister lost her husband recently. She is having so much trouble about health benefits. Also she is returning to an empty house and she had asked me to pray about these matters, which wasn’t necessary since I am praying constantly for her. Now I can be more specific.
    I had just been praying about these matters, then I read your devotional. And it came as a confirmation that He heard me and will answer my requests on her behalf.
    God bless you.

    What a beautiful answer to prayer. Thank you for taking the time to share this. So few people let others know about how God answers their direct prayers. It is a real encouragement as I pray for a positive answer on a refugee case God has involved me in. God Bless you for sharing.


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