As soon as I came up with a theme for this challenge, I knew that P would be for prayer. Prayer is very powerful and my church has recently gone through a tragedy that has proved its power. My assistant pastor’s children were in car accident with their grandparents in February and the youngest was in severely critical condition. They didn’t think she was going to make it, and my church did the best thing we could do, we prayed. It has been 8 weeks since that accident, and she is still in the hospital but she is doing much better. Her life is a miracle of God and she has brought many people together in prayer. It is also a miracle that the rest of the family in the accident were unharmed besides her brother who had a fractured ankle, and he is already walking around again. This is a very dear family to me and this circumstance has helped me to see that in those moments when all seems hopeless, God is still right there with us. When things are completely out of our control, there is liberation in handing it all over to God. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present you requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7, NIV). It is much better to lift everything up to God in prayer, not just in times of disaster. Sometimes, He won’t answer the way we expect, but He will work things out for good according to His will. For further study on prayer, I suggest reading Matthew 6:5-13 and James 5:13-18. And if you do pray, keep this little girl in your thoughts as she is on the road to recovery, her name is Victoria.
I am currently participating in the Blogging from A to Z April 2015 Challenge. My theme is life lessons from the Bible. You can find more information about the challenge by clicking on the badge to the right or click here for a list of participants. It has been an interesting experience so far and I have enjoyed finding and visiting other blogs. If you are a fellow participant, thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment!