The Power of Prayer

            “Never Underestimate the Power of a Praying Woman”

Psalm 46:5, “God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.”

Mark 6:31, “Then Jesus said, Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.”

Isaiah 43:5, “Fear not, for I am with thee.”

1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”

1Peter 5:10, The God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.”

Proverbs 31:25, “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”

Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

“When sadness comes, she takes time to smile. When tired, she finds time to relax and rest. When she’s angry, she takes time to cool down. She always reads and meditates on the Bible. Above all these she always prays. Prayer is her priority and her shield.”

“A strong woman knows she has enough strength for her journey, but a praying woman knows it is her journey where she’ll gain her strength.”

As a young girl, I used to sing the song “Known Only to Him” often. My Mimi loved to hear me sing the words to this song, and it soon became one of my favorite songs of all time. The words speak so much truth as to God and His omniscience, the fact that He knows all things. Over the past few weeks with so much going on with my husband’s health I have found myself thinking about this song and the poignant words that were written to convey the message.

When my eyes behold the stars

This heart of mine is filled with wonder

My poor mind cannot grasp their array

But the hand that placed them there, all across the wide heaven

Had a plan when He placed them that way.

Known only to him are the great hidden secrets

I fear not the darkness

When my flames go dim

I know not what the future holds but

I know who holds the future

It’s secret known only to Him.

In this world of fears and doubt

On my knees I asked the question

Why a lonely, heavy cross I must bear

Then He tells me in my prayer

It’s because I am trustworthy

He gives me strength far more than my share.

Writing has always been my therapy, my go to when life gets overwhelming, sad, or dark. I wrote in a diary as a young girl, then grew into journals, then stories, and then writing integrated into teaching and my classroom. I never tire of writing, yet for the last couple of months I just have not been able to pick up a pen, get my thoughts together, and write with purpose. Then the other morning, on the way to take care of my husband, I stopped to look out the door and saw God’s masterpiece sunrise through the clouds, and once again the words of this song played over and over again in my heart, yet I changed the words to go with the beauty of the morning sky. I knew what I needed to write about, the power of prayer.

“When my eyes beheld the sunrise and the sky

My heart was filled with wonder

My poor, overwhelmed mind could not grasp its beauty

But the hand that placed it there, God’s hand,

Placed it there, just that way this morning, as a reminder of His love.”

After I took a few minutes to behold its beauty and reflect on God’s plan for everything in the world, everything He created, I walked back to the bedroom to take care of my husband, again thanking God for His plan; for bringing me to this point in life where I have learned to appreciate the small moments. Oh, those small, quiet moments when I am with my husband and taking of his medical needs, and we have the sweetest conversations about our family, our animals, and just life in general. No TV or other distractions, just us and usually the three animals snuggled close, those are the moments I treasure in this part of the journey of our lives. Those quiet moments are the ones I appreciate so much.

God does not promise us that life will be a rose garden, He knows there are going to be trials and temptations throughout life. He does promise He will always love us, He does promise that if we believe in Him we will have everlasting life, He promises to forgive us of our sins if we confess them to Him, and He promises us His grace, mercy, and love will follow us throughout life. He does not promise us that life will always be perfect! The perfection is God, and His love for us.

God gives us humor, sadness, difficulties, and troubles; yet through all those moments in life, our faith grows and becomes stronger, steadfast, and firm.

God promises us answered prayers – always! Our prayers will be answered, maybe not in the way we want them answered and maybe not in our time frame. But they will be answered according to His will, His plan, and His timing. He faithfully answers all prayers!

The last few weeks have been filled with moments of doubts and fears; from sitting in the hospital waiting rooms, sitting in my husband’s hospital room, and watching and listening to his breathing, to driving back and forth by myself from Greenville, SC to Atlanta, Georgia several times, and then to sitting in my house late at night by myself and just praying out loud that God would guide the doctors and restore my husband’s health.

I believe in the power of prayer, and Steve and I are blessed to have many friends and family members who also believe in the power of prayer. Yet, I never really witnessed or experienced how strong the power of prayer truly is or received the comfort and peace that comes directly from those heartfelt prayers until these last few weeks of Steve being in the hospital. As I sat in the hospital waiting area on the day of his first surgery, and it seemed like it was taking forever, the anxiety was overwhelming! Yet, in the midst of the anxiety, the doubts, and the fear I literally felt the prayers of our friends and family wash over me, like a downpour of rain. I could feel it filling my heart with a peace, a comfort, and an overwhelming feeling of being loved and supported, and then the slightest whisper in my ear, “Lynne, God’s got this! God is in control. Let go and let Him guide and work.” In those precious moments, I was in awe of the power of so many coming together to pray for one, to lift the name of one person to God and the faith that knew His will would be done and it would be done perfectly. Just like in 1 Peter 5:10, “He restored me, made me strong, firm, and steadfast.” In those moments, I could feel His restoring power making me strong, firm, and steadfast. Then when I heard a second major surgery was needed and my husband had a staph infection, I remembered that moment, that strength coming from God, and knew He was there with me, and He would give me strength again to face whatever the future held. Again, the words of my ‘theme song’ as a young girl started playing over again in my head, because I don’t know what the future holds but I KNOW who holds the future.

In this world of fears and doubt

On my knees I asked the question

Why a lonely, heavy cross I must bear

Then He tells me in my prayer

It’s because I am trustworthy

He gives me strength far more than my share.

He does answer prayer, and quite often His answer is to give us strength to face what lies ahead, or to give us wisdom, patience, comfort, and peace. He gives us whatever we need to walk the path He has chosen for us with a grateful heart.

Prayer, faith, and trust in God will see you through all of life’s moments. There is a quote from Marcel Proust, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new lands, but seeing with new eyes,” that comes to mind in these recent days of restored faith and a stronger belief in the power of prayer. My husband is home now, and although he has a long road of recovery ahead of him, he is home! He is home because of the power of prayer and our loving Father. My eyes may be 65 years old, but they are seeing life a little differently these days – as if they were new.

These old, new eyes see a world that needs the power of those prayers like Steve and I have been receiving for the past weeks. These old, new eyes see a world that needs to know that God is in control and that He loves us – all of us, He never stopped loving us and He never will.

So many are hurting right now. There is so much anger and hate in our world. Yet, just imagine if we all started praying for each other; for every unkind, hateful word that is spoken against someone else, we say a prayer of love and forgiveness. Imagine the power of those prayers downpouring on everyone and filling hearts with love and comfort. Imagine the feelings of peace and comfort that would pour over all of us just to know we are loved, and we are not alone. I know, there is that happily-ever-after romantic girl that we have heard from before, seeing life through rose-colored glasses. However, I felt how strong the power of prayer is, and whether I am a true romantic, God is in the miracle business, and if we all pray to Him for a healing across our country, our world, I have faith in Him that He could make it happen. Never doubt the power of prayer and the strength of our Father.

None of us knows what the future holds. I place my faith in God because I know He has carried me through more situations than I can count. I have prayed on my knees, prayed out loud in my car, prayed alone, prayed with a friend, prayed silently in a crowd, and prayed with my army of prayer warriors. God answers all of them, no matter how I have communicated with Him. He just answers prayers! God wants to talk with us, He wants to communicate with all of us; what better way to communicate with Him but through prayer. He answers prayers, He gives us strength, wisdom, peace, guidance, grace, mercy, and love!

Known only to him are the great hidden secrets

I fear not the darkness

When my flames go dim

I know not what the future holds but

I know who holds the future

It’s secret known only to Him.

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