I think I’ve learned some new things about prayer in the past few weeks.
Let me back up a bit.
It’s been a very tough time for our church family. A few weeks ago, Christine, our pastor’s wife, was in a horrible accident. She suffered multiple injuries and was in intensive care for 10 days. Doctors have performed brain surgery and facial reconstruction surgery. Since then she has moved from ICU to transitional care, to rehab. There is still a very long way to go but she is making slow but steady progress.
This past Sunday, Cliff her husband and our pastor addressed the church for the first time since the accident. One of the things he said was that he was taken aback with how bold the prayers of the church had been. They were not so much “please walk with them through this difficult time” but bold, risky prayers like “Lord please heal her!”
That kind of prayer is “risky” in the sense that God doesn’t always answer the way you want Him to. Interestingly, I don’t think I shared this with Cliff but I had been praying the bold risky prayer too. Surely one of the reasons we were all on the same page was that Christine is such an amazing person. She loves and is loved by everyone she meets. So for all of us the stakes were high. We couldn’t imagine losing her. I also think in some way, God was orchestrating our hearts to be in agreement with His will and one another’s.
Cliff said the doctor told him that medically everything had to be aligned just right for Christine to have survived. We know that God is the one who did the aligning, and somehow he answered and used our prayers in the process. I don’t know about you, but this challenges me to make bold, risky prayers a bigger part of my life. Maybe there’s something going on in your life right now that’s worthy of that kind of prayer.
(I’d love it if you’d be willing to pray for Christine. Get updates on how she is doing.)