When you are in the midst of a crisis, when you are hurting, when your heart is heavy, when you are grieving, your church family will stand beside you in prayer. All churches, well, at least in my experience all churches have ‘prayer warriors”. These are people who go ‘boldly to the Throne of Grace to find help in time of need’.
A few months ago I had an endoscopy and the results showed that I had Barrett’s Esophagus. Not many people have ever heard of this condition, but I have and I was very frightened. My father was diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus and was told that he would most certainly develop esophageal cancer which he did about 2 years later. I was not prepared for a Barrett’s Esophagus diagnosis for myself.
When I shared this news with my pastor and my Sunday School class, my church family began to pray. Their prayers gave me strength and hope. I must also add here that my precious husband also ‘stormed the gates of heaven’ on my behalf. He said, “We are going to get past this. I have already talked to God about it and I didn’t ask Him nothin’.”
I decided to see a specialist in the field of gastroenterology before deciding to have surgery. This doctor recommended another endoscopy, this time taking more biopsies which I readily agreed to.
The results of this test showed no evidence of Barrett’s Esophagus!!! Yes, that’s right. I call it a miracle also.
There were several things at work here. All the prayers offered in my behalf did, I believe, make a difference in the outcome of this medical diagnosis. Also, knowing that my well being was on everyone’s hearts and in their minds, gave me courage and strength to face this potentially terminal situation with my head held high and my spiritual eyes fixed on God. I was in His hands.
People in church families pray for each other, not just in times of illness and death, but also in times of family crises and other life challenges.
Yes, you may have friends and family members who are also very willing to go to God on your behalf as you would do for them. I am not minimizing these relationships at all. However, in my experience nothing can fully take the place of the spiritual support that comes from your church family.