I have been tucking away notes, thoughts, scriptures, and questions about prayer for a few years. The intent was for use in creating a small group study. An incident occurred this week that brought that prayer focus to the forefront of my thoughts again.
I received word that a man who does snow removal for me is in the hospital with Covid and pneumonia. This man, DB, is in serious condition. His wife was notified that he was going to be transported to another hospital for intubation and there was a possibility that he would not survive. My business is a contractual arrangement with DB, so this was my first time speaking with Mrs. DB.
Faith in God
Faith and strength exuded from this woman as she shared the circumstances that were preventing her husband from blowing snow, how they were high school sweethearts, that they have eight grandchildren, and have had 49 marvelous years together. Mrs. DB stated that they believe God has an appointed time to be born and a time to die—surrendering whatever was to happen into God’s hands. I recognized that idea being from Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a, “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every matter under heaven—A time to give birth and a time to die…” Before our conversation ended, I asked if I could pray with her. I did and assured her I would continue to pray for her and DB.
Thoughts stirred after that news. It was one of those times when I felt like life just slapped my face. Some refer to it as a “wake-up call.” In an instant, most everything becomes trivial and insignificant. It really doesn’t matter what’s for supper or if the laundry is done. The weight of eternity is in the balance for one of God’s creations and there is a clear focus of that fact in that moment.
There is a sense of being powerless. What can I do? What can I say at such a point in time? My heart was weighted with empathy, though the information was presented in a manner unlike a victim of cruel circumstance. Hmmm, powerless—not true, we had just tapped into the divine power of Almighty God through prayer.
Gifts from Heaven
Mrs. DB was encouraged by the prayers of many, I was inspired by Mrs. DB’s rock-solid faith, and I have learned DB is improving. Each gift brought a divine touch of Heaven through the power of prayer.
“He created the horizon when he separated the waters; he set the boundary between day and night. The foundations of heaven tremble; they shudder at his rebuke. By his power the sea grew calm. By his skill he crushed the great sea monster. His Spirit made the heavens beautiful, and his power pierced the gliding serpent. These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?” (Job 26:10-14, NLT).
Do you recognize the power of the Almighty? Have you experienced a life “wake-up” call? Do you need to tap into Heavens power source through prayer?
Father God, thank You for being Elohim the God of Power and Strength. You are mighty, greater than all other gods. You are so full of goodness and grace towards those You love. Thank You for giving Your children direct access to all You are, through prayer.
We are but dust and You put the breath of life into Your creation. You alone number our days. No authority on earth can take one day from mankind that You have appointed. No sickness, no disease, no accident, or disaster can rob the coffers of Heaven. These are not stronger or mightier than You, oh Lord. Therefore, we bow in worship to You the King of kings. Praise be to Your name. Hallelujah and amen!
On January 25th, 2021 DB passed from his temporal home to the eternal home. He is now with the Lord completely healed and restored. Please pray for the family as they walk through the emotions of grief.
Charles H. Spurgeon states, “It is not ‘the valley of death,’ but ‘the valley of the shadow of death,’ …when there is a shadow there must be light somewhere, and so there is. Death stands by the side of the highway in which we have to travel, and the light of heaven shining upon him throws a shadow across our path; let us then rejoice that there is a light beyond. Nobody is afraid of a shadow…”
I am a follower of Jesus Christ, grandmother, great-grandmother, foster care parent, and trauma survivor. I enjoy sipping tea, writing devotionals, prayers, short stories, and unburdening my heart to the Lord. Check the About section if you want to read more of my story.
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