You prayed for me last week and I felt it. Thank you. Your prayers lifted my heart and sustained me more than any of us could have imagined. I don’t know how prayer works, but it does. I don’t know how gravity works, either, but I have learned to trust it. In truth it is not the prayer that works, but God, Who hears and acts. It is a great mystery that the God Who could speak light into existence, invites us to join Him in His work by speaking with Him. I cannot wrap my mind fully around that. But I am grateful that you didn’t let the mystery of it stop you. You prayed for me. It helped.
When Paul needed prayer, he wasn’t just grieving, he was pursued daily by people who were trying to kill him. He called his situation “deadly peril” – an understatement. He wrote:
“He [God] has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” (2 Corinthians 1:10-11)
If you ever wonder if it matters when you pray, then take this expression of thanks as an encouragement. It does matter; it matters more than you can imagine.
I sure can see Papa’s hand in your words. Oh, how much you have been on my heart! I remember 3 years ago—everything seemed to remind me of Jim! But He carried me through the deep waters—-and the raging fire. I still have moments of heartache—so will you. But it will grow softer. A lot of folks love you!!! Jane
I know you know, Jane, and that helps. Thank you. Tom
I can, too, attest that prayer works. I continue to pray for you, Tom, as you learn how to live again in this new phase of life.