Prayer? Bah… what use is prayer?

Prayer? Bah… what use is prayer!

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?”

Shalom, Art
Alive in the Word

About aliveintheword

Missouri, USA Married to Marty, 45 years 2 sons (with 2 daughers-in-law) and 2 granddaughters Life dedicated to serving Jesus Christ and delivering the Good News
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9 Responses to Prayer? Bah… what use is prayer?

  1. Pingback: Urdu Blog – 25 Bah! What use is prayer? | ChristianBlessings

  2. Last November, a large rock which was completely blocking my small intestine, was removed with about an hour to spare. Last Sunday my husband was not far short of cardiac arrest when he had a heart attack while sitting in Church. He was treated in Church by paramedics while the Church prayed.

    Do I believe in prayer? I most certainly believe in the living, loving God who delights to answer the prayers of His children.

    • ptl2010 says:

      Praise the Lord meetingintheclouds for His healing hand on you and your husband.
      God answers 24/7 there is no doubt about that. We are glad you are here to give your testimony. We give Him praise.

    • Amen! God doesn’t just answer prayers in inexplicable ways. He also guides the hands and minds of others people, such as those who came to the aid of you and your husband.

      Shalom, Art

  3. granbee says:

    Shalom, Art, to you! Just two days ago, a younger church friend of mine experienced a “strange tingling” from head to toe while bowing during the opening prayer of our Sunday morning worship service. She has been wearing special flexible knee braces and going to physical therapy for congential knee malformation problems for several weeks now. She was asked to give the evening Vesper layleader meditation this day. She was able to stand and deliver a most inspiring meditation upon “Doubting Thomas” that evening in the chapel. She was able to walk around the large church properties with me and share this blessing afterwards (I am the Sunday evening pianist for these Vesper services.) Prayer is powerful. I testify to this truth.

  4. writinggomer says:

    Amen, and Amen. Thank you for sharing this Art.

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