What Happened in Our Year of Intense Prayer

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Life and death situations. One after another. Hard days. Long nights. Our year of intense prayer . . . the before, during, and after.Life and death situations. One after another. Hard days. Long nights. Our year of intense prayer . . . the before, during, and after.

July 2006 – He was gone longer than usual.

30 minute power walks 5 times a week were normal. They had been for 26 years. But this time he came home out of breath. The exhaustion lasted and doctor visits began.

Weeks led to months. Exhaustion led to fluid retention, tests, and more tests. But no answers.

It took more eight months for a diagnosis and more than a year before doctors determined the only treatment that could save his life was surgery that could end it.

The Sunday before surgery our Senior Pastor invited laying on of hands as he prayed, “Father, spare his life.” We all prayed and prayed.

When they took Rev back to surgery I didn’t know if I would see him again this side of heaven.

December 2007 – Just three months later…

My mom fell down the stairs at a theater breaking her hip, wrist, and neck.

And we prayed and prayed.

February 2008 – Two months later…

[Tweet “Our friends started calling us a “high-maintenance prayer family.””]

After our grandson insisted on entering the world four months early and weighing only 1 lb. 9 oz. we found ourselves on our knees again.

And we prayed and prayed.

Fast forward 7 years to February 2015 

Life and death situations. One after another. Hard days. Long nights. Our year of intense prayer . . . the before, during, and after.
Rev and I celebrated and praised God this weekend
for 2700 bonus days.

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Philippians 1:3

Life and death situations. One after another. Hard days. Long nights. Our year of intense prayer . . . the before, during, and after.

Mom went to her heavenly home in January 2008
and I still miss her every day. 

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God, and trust also in me.

There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.
If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going
to prepare a place for you?
 When everything is ready,
I will come and get you,
so that you will always be with me where I am.”
John 14:1–3

Life and death situations. One after another. Hard days. Long nights. Our year of intense prayer . . . the before, during, and after.

Our miracle, Joshua, will be 7 years old this month.

And he’s doing great!

Give thanks to Him who alone does mighty miracles.
His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 136:4

These are our stories.

Stories lived in intense prayer. Crying out. Pleading. Surrendering.

They aren’t our only prayer stories. There are many others.

But these stand out.

Miracles. Joy and celebration.

Grief. Comfort and hope.

Life. Lived in prayer.

Like breathing. 

“Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life.” ~Jonathan Edwards

Prayer is time in God’s presence.

“The goal of prayer is to live all of my life and speak all of my words in the joyful awareness of the presence of God.” ~John Ortberg

In conversation.

“Prayer is talking with God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.” ~Josh McDowell

In peace. 

“Teach me to let go, dear God, and pray undisturbed until my heart is filled with inner peace and I learn to know your will.” ~Helen Steiner Rice

In faith.

“Praying in faith is not an inner conviction that God will act according to our desires if only we believe hard enough.  It involves believing that God will always respond to our prayers in accord with His nature, His purposes, and His promises.” ~Alvin VanderGriend

In hope.

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:12

Depending on the version you read, the Bible uses some form of the word “pray” between 315 and 525 times. It seems spending time with people who approach Him in faith and hope through prayer is important to God.

May you and I be among those who approach Him in faith, with hope . . . in prayer.

“Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.” ~Martin Luther

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28 thoughts on “What Happened in Our Year of Intense Prayer

  1. Thank you for sharing your faith journey of prayer. My husband has had health difficulties, especially with his neck, for about 4 years now.
    It’s been a hard journey for him, and for me watching alongside.
    Now he is without a job, and I am prayerfully asking Father for this to be a time of healing.
    Additionally, his mom has suffered a massive stroke and is in hospice care.
    Sometimes life feels heavy, but Jesus takes the heavy… and walks us through.

    1. Oh Lisa, I’m sorry. It sounds like you are going through a really difficult time. I’m adding your family to my prayers. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Standing together in prayer is a gift from the Lord.

  2. What a beautiful reminder of the power of prayer. I appreciate that you shared your struggles. We are not joyful because our lives have been perfect; we are joyful because we know the love, hope, and peace that comes from Him. Praise God!

    1. Julie, Your post is so powerful. I shared it and know it will bless many. You are right . . . joy comes from the Lord. His grace and love have carried us through and give us hope. Blessings to you!

  3. I enjoyed reading your post. Those quotes that you posted really hit home with me, especially “In Peace”. I have had my share of medical issues and it is so important to hold on to our faith and try and find inner peace.

  4. My pastor said something the other week I thought was so insightful: the reason people don’t pray is because they don’t think they need to. Someone who is engaged in a great deal of prayer is someone who realizes their helplessness. I know for me that health crises have tended to do that better than anything else. It’s a gift to be able to look back and see how God works through these situations!

    1. Amen Loren! Two years before the above circumstances we had a family crisis that had me curled up in bed crying “I don’t know what to do.” It was the beginning of God’s changing me from a Good Church Girl to a surrendered follower of Jesus. I still have a long way to go, but I pray faster now than I used to.

  5. Inspiring post. I love to read testimonies that tell of God’s faithfulness. It encourages us to keep praying. I’ve always believed bathing any situation in prayer is a powerful thing to do.

    1. I agree Debbie. I think it’s one of the reasons God wants us to share our stories and live in community. Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello.

  6. Deb, I saw your post over at Holley Gerth’s site today. What a great recounting of God’s faithfulness and presence in your life, then and now. I especially love the pictures … your husband’s t-shirt and that amazing smile on Joshua’s face! 🙂

    1. Thank you Lois! Our daughter gave Rev that shirt for Christmas. He loved it! I do too. And yes, Joshua’s smile is an amazing gift. He is the happiest child and we count that blessing every day.

  7. Deb I really like the quote from Martin Luther – “to pray from the heart.” We can all be superficial. I want to be real with God. He is truth and I should offer him all truth. Thank you for your wisdom coupled with HIS truth. This is powerful. I cheer you from the #RaRalinkup with Purposeful Faith! Keep going!

  8. Deb, the quotes have so much power in them as well as the many, but not all, of your life’s subjects of prayer. Over and over I feel and read above that it is our heart’s expression to God and not just the words from our mouths that mean prayer.
    Thank you for sharing these truths and your story.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  9. I look forward to BEING in heaven, and I truly look forward to seeing my mom and dad, family and friends, and some of the historic people that served and worshiped the Lord. Eventually, all my kids and grandkids and friends will be in heaven in the next 50-ish years. That won’t seem long in heaven. That’s my focus… my own physical and mental stuff is damaged, so I look forward to being there, as I said at the beginning of my comment. Bless you for sharing.

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