A boy, 16, is temporally blinded in one eye. He is a superior athlete, a baseball player. As his sight returns, it is not what it was. The doctors say he will not be able to see well again. But he does! There is no medical explanation.
A man in his 50’s is diagnosed with prostate cancer. The doctors say it does not need surgery or treatment, to let it run its course. His life is not threatened, but his career is. A few weeks later, the cancer is gone, disappeared. There is no medical explanation for this.
A woman in her 70’s suffers a stroke while on a cruise. She is given only days to live. Three months later, she sits in worship in our church. It defies medical explanation.
A woman in her 80’s is racked by cancer. She is wasting away before our very eyes. She is dying and there is no stopping it. She smiles and laughs. She is at peace. There is nothing medicine can do.
What do these things have in common? Faith. Faith in an all-powerful, loving God.
And prayer. For the first three, they are members of our church congregation. They all have strong faith. And they were all lifted to God, through the Son, by many in prayer.
And the prayers were most certainly answered. Each was healed.
For the last… her prayers and of those who love her have also been answered. She awaits mortal death calmly, knowing that by the Cross, she will have eternal life.
What use is prayer? Just ask the boy, the man, or the woman who suffered the stroke. They know and will tell you.
As to the woman who is dying? You can tell merely by looking at her. She shines in the glory that awaits her. Through the pain, even with her cancer wasted body, she shines.
What use is prayer? It invokes the power of an all-powerful God. It brings His healing touch. It assures hope to the otherwise hopeless. Asking “what use is prayer” is more senseless than asking “what use is the very air we breathe?”
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