Oswald Chambers said, “there is nothing to be valued more highly than to have people praying for us; God links up his power in answer to their prayers.”
In the past week, I received the blessing of many people praying for me, and for my family. On Tuesday, March 17, my 82-year old mother suffered a stroke. I left to be with her a couple of days later. Immediately, friends and coworkers began praying for Mom, for me, and for our whole family. Before I left, the wonderful people I work with gathered in a circle and prayed for us. During the hours of driving to Arkansas, sitting by her bedside, watching her struggle, improve, and decline all at once, I knew these people were praying for us, and I felt the power of their prayers.
Mom has experienced some healing, and I pray there will be more. But the blessing of the prayers wasn’t so much in her healing. There was no disappointment, either with the prayers or with God, when she suffered setbacks. The blessing of the prayers was in the power and the presence of God we felt.
Another time, Chambers wrote that “the purpose of prayer is to reveal the presence of God.” That is what happened in my life this past week. The prayers of friends, family, coworkers and strangers praying on several prayer teams, lifted me up and helped make me aware of God’s presence. Through the touch of the Holy Spirit, I felt the power, and the comfort of Jesus sitting next to me in waiting rooms, at Mom’s bedside, and in the car on the long trip back and forth.
When you say, “I will pray for you,” never doubt the impact your prayers have on that person’s life. Your prayers reveal the presence of God.
— Jennifer Creagar