“Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Upon returning home from visiting relatives in southern Idaho, I’m thankful for the opportunity to once again see my 93 year-old Grandma.
About four years ago, chemotherapy for Lymphoma exhausted Grandma. So she opted out of treatments. At that time, we thought we were saying our final good-byes until heaven.
But Grandma’s family and church family kept praying for her. I recall my seven year-old (at that time) daily pleading with God for her healing.
Grandma’s cancer has been in remission ever since.
I’m not advocating a prayer formula. Sometimes God answers “yes.” Sometimes He says “no.” Sometimes He says “wait.” Other times, healing and rewards don’t come until heaven (Hebrews 11:37-40). But God’s grace and presence is always available to the seeker (2 Corinthians 12:9).
My Grandma has been an amazing lady—a Proverbs 31 kind of lady. Her closeness to the Lord results from persistent prayer, Bible study, and obedience. Her life is graced with wisdom, integrity, strength, and resourcefulness. Love, joy and peace also characterize her hospitable life.
When I think of Grandma, I’m reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Grandma persistently prays for each of her family members. (For more on persistent prayer and faith, see Luke 18:1-8.)
How many times has the Lord protected myself and loved ones from unknown dangers due to her prayers? I don’t know, but my guess is a lot. I credit her prayers for saving me from what could have been a potentially abusive relationship before I married.
God upholds and works on behalf of his children.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16
We’re not promised a trouble free life, but we can rely on God’s faithfulness and strength when troubles arise.
Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” – Psalm 50:15
How is your prayer life? Where or whom do you turn to when troubles come?