Power of prayer
Today I attended the birthday party of a special girl. Collette Pate is a little girl who has experienced a lot of pain over the last 6 months. She was diagnosed with cancer and has been going thru chemo for the last few months. Her parents asked me to lay hands on her and annoint her with oil a few months ago at our church. I was happy to do so. Well, the latest news is that the cancer has shrunk from the size of a grapefruit to a walnut! God does still answer prayers. Sometimes He doesn't do it the way we want it to happen but He does answer. Last November I prayed over and annointed a woman in our church that was unable to have a child. She just wanted God to give her and her husband a child anyway He chose. Last month they brought home their adopted and very loved baby and had him at church last week! God has answered prayers of so many throughout the centuries. I wonder why He doesn't answer everyones? Although, maybe He does its just not the way we want it answered. I believe God still answers prayers. The problem is most people really don't pray. The only time they pray is when they get in trouble. Prayer is just communicating with God. The only way we get to know anyone is spending time with a person. Bill Hybels book Too Busy Not To Pray made such a huge impact on my life 11 years ago that I re-read it a few months ago. His premise is that people say they have no time to pray, but Hybels argues that we are too busy not to pray. I have been writing out my prayers ever since I read this book and it has changed my prayer life. I have seen answers. I can also go back and see how God has worked in my life. It also slows down an ADD person like me! Prayer is un-natural. But there is nothing natural about God. The only way to truly see God's power at work is to plug into Prayer!
posted by Kevin Bussey at 10/16/2005 11:05:00 PM