Prayer works ...
There are a lot of prayers going up these days.
Prayers for the Pandemic.
Prayers for healing.
Prayers for healthcare workers.
Prayers for teachers.
Prayers for parents and kids who are doing school remotely.
Prayers for people working from home.
Prayers for people who lost their jobs.
Prayers for unity.
Prayers for peace.
I started reading a book before the new year started that has taken me on a journey of 40 days of prayer. I’ve prayed for all the things above. I’ve listened. I’ve grown closer to God. But there have been no big moments where the heavens opened and the angels started singing.
Until I started praying over the phone for a non-responsive COVID patient. Her daughter would call me when one of the medical staff had called her from the room. She would patch me in and I would pray. I can’t explain why this happened but the words that came out of my mouth weren’t mine. In one sense the words were just comforting words but in another sense we experienced a holy moment. No angels singing but definitely holy.
I’d like to say this happens all the time. But it doesn’t. In fact most of the time, I pray and it’s nice. That’s it. My heart might get strangely warmed but not always. This was different.
I wish God would answer all my prayers with immediate affirmative responses. But He doesn’t.
I never, never, never, never want to go through a Pandemic again but I will always treasure my time praying for this patient. I pray that she’s heard me. I pray she’ll get to go home soon. But until those prayers are answered, I’ll treasure the moments praying for her.
I’m re-upping for another 40 days. Prayer works. Even if it’s not in ways we expect.
Until Everyone Hears,
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Philippians 4:6 NRSV