What do we do when God asks us to pray?
Do we listen and get on bended knee?
Or do we think it unnecessary and carry on with our lives, thinking perhaps that the prayer can wait until later?
The last few months of my life have been filled with evidence of what can happen when we pray for each other.
Some of you know that last month I sent out a prayer request for my older brother who had pneumonia and ended up in the hospital needing a procedure to drain the fluid from his chest and lungs. God rallied His children in time to get people praying during the procedure. Praise God, he is slowly returning to health.
Shortly after that, we lost our future son-in-law suddenly. We don’t know yet what happened, but I watched God work as people began to pray over that situation.
More recently, a brother in Christ sent out an urgent prayer request on behalf of his girlfriend, Wendy, who had suffered a heart attack and was in a coma.
Many, many people have rallied to pray that God bring complete healing and restoration. Wendy is now awake and responsive and eating.
So what would have happened if God’s children had not stepped into the breach and prayed as they did?
That question brings to mind a book that I read called “90 Minutes In Heaven” It is written by a man that had been killed in a car accident, who had been dead for 90 minutes. God brought him back because another man listened to the Lord’s directive that he pray for the man laying in the mangled car.
The man that prayed had to argue with the medical team on the scene to get their permission to get into the car and pray for the man that was dead.
What would have happened if the man that prayed had not been so insistent to the medical team that were going to refuse him access to the man that they said was dead?
What would have happened if he had ignored the Lord’s urging and said, ‘It’s a hopeless situation, there is no point in praying’?
There was no one else there to pray for the man in the car. He was the only one to step in and bring the matter to the Lord.
What would have happened if he had not listened?
I have felt the weight of conviction that a brother in Christ needed prayer, even though that brother was hundreds of miles away; and then found out afterward that he was indeed in need of prayer just when I felt that I needed to pray. I still do not know why he needed prayer, probably will not know until we are home with the Lord and He can explain it to me.
We may never find out why we are to pray.
We may never even know who it is that we are to pray for.
I have felt more than once the surety that someone needed prayer, although I did not know who or why. I just knew that I was to call out to the Lord to step into the situation and work His will, undertaking for the person in need.
God has even put a burden on my heart and on my mother’s heart at the same time that we needed to pray. We don’t know who needed prayer or why they needed prayer; just that someone needed us to step in and raise them up to God immediately.
One time it was that older brother that so recently had pneumonia. My mother, my sister and I all felt that he needed urgent prayer. We talked on the phone and claimed Matthew 18:18-20 for our prayers. A few minutes after our phone conversation, my brother called my mother and asked her to be praying for him because he was struggling with Satan about a personal issue.
We each felt the need and one of us called the other to talk about it and found the other person felt the same burden.
So, I ask again, what would have happened in all those instances if no one heeded the message from the Lord?
I have seen where God has stepped into a situation to work things without being asked first. I have heard stories of people that were delayed with one thing or another only to be spared a terrible accident moments later because of that delay.
But I have also been told that God does not act in some situations unless He is asked to.
James 4:2 says “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”
If that is the case, and the Bible says it is, how can we ignore a clear indication that someone needs prayer?
So I will close by rephrasing my original question:
What will we do the next time God asks us to pray?
© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2012