Prayer Power

“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” ~ Matthew 21:22

Some of you regular readers may know that I have a roommate who has a disability (he has SMA). Because of this, he has aides who come to the house every morning to help him eat breakfast, get dressed, and get to work. Aides also pick him up from work every day, give him dinner, and help him get into bed. Right now, we have two people who come – one is here every single morning and 5 nights of the week. The other is only here Monday and Tuesday nights.

Well. Something happened to our main aide yesterday. You know that phrase “I feel like I got hit by a bus”? In this case it’s perfectly fitting. Literally. Because yesterday, I’m sorry to say, our aide actually got hit by a New York City bus.

A bus! As in huge, heavy, multi-section bus! He took a direct hit to his right chest/shoulder/torso. And no, he wasn’t jaywalking. In case you were wondering.

Anyway, he was unable to move at the scene, so he was brought to the hospital via ambulance. My roommate and I got a frantic call from his wife, and went straight to the ER to see what was going on. He was in the trauma unit, waiting for a team. He was conscious and able to speak a little bit. But he was unable to move his right arm. And on that note, he wasn’t able to move his legs either. And on that note, he couldn’t feel them either.

After seeing him laid out on the gurney, and being kicked out for overstaying our 10-minute visit allowance, my roommate and I went back to the waiting and shared an emotional moment. And then we began to pray.

We prayed for a healing. We prayed for peace for him and his wife. We prayed for his body to be strengthened so that he could recover fully. We prayed for so much more.

The rest of the day passed in a blur of tests, waiting for results, and trying to phone loved ones back in his native Guyana.

However, the day ended with this aide, the one who couldn’t feel or move his legs, getting discharged that same night with no broken bones and walking into my van.

Yes he is now in pain. Yes he is in agony. Yes he needed our arms and support to walk. Yes he’s having a hard time moving around at all. But move he did.

He still has some tingling in his legs, but I firmly believe our prayers averted a major disaster. I even checked into what could cause a few hours of paralysis – shock or swelling, perhaps? From all sources, there really isn’t anything. Not that would come and go this quickly. This was God. He heard our prayers (he always does!) and He delivered beyond anything we ever could have imagined. It’s not every day that somebody can get hit by a bus and still count themselves lucky.

So today I stand in awe of my heavenly Father and exalt His holy name. I praise Him that He is there, and able, and loving enough to give us these miracles. What an awesome, awesome God we serve!

I also caution readers everywhere to watch out for errant buses.

God bless!

~Rebekah A

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9 thoughts on “Prayer Power

  1. Well, I’m not surprised that He answered our prayers – He is able and bigger than any problem we could face here on earth. However, I am definitely in awe of His fullness, His power, His love, and His faithfulness. And my awe of Him is present in me whether I’m actively praying for something or not. Plus, of the aide who was hit and his wife, neither are Christian. My roommate is ‘sort of’ Christian. Not only was a miracle performed, but God Himself was revealed to people who hadn’t really considered Him before. When it comes to His timing, math, and intricate plan, Jesus constantly amazes me. And I love it. 🙂

  2. Rebekah A. -Because sharing stories impacts lives, when the opportunity arrises during this situation with your roommate, the aide, and the wife, you might share our story. My husband nearly died in the ER and through a miracle prayer by several people God moved to our the tune of our Faith.

    Thank you for being open to God in that aide’s situation and sharing Him. God bless you for that and I will pray for all involved. And remember to keep praying for your roommate because that “almost” part sounds as if he needs to move from “not” giving his life to Christ to “yes and Amen.” Here’s that link : http://40yearwanderer.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/he-was-near-death/

    • Thank you so much for that link – what an incredible story of the power of God!! I was so moved reading it. You are right about my roommate. For instance, he believes in God and heaven but not in hell. I can understand where he’s coming from – he has a Catholic background, as do I, and the way that Catholicism portrays guilt, repentance, penance, and hell can be a bit skewed. And so I’m not surprised that he’s rejected it, but I would really love to see God move in his heart and bring him closer to Himself. I pray frequently that there would be less of us and more of Him in this house.

      • Praise God for our story being HIStory. 🙂 And… Oh how I KNOW that “more of Him and less of us” God-concept. Years ago – before I experienced a healing breakthrough in my own heart regarding my husband’s new walk with the Lord (who grew up Catholic as well… and not saved until later), I heard clearly over and over “More of ME and Less of YOU”. I took heed – after struggling the Lord on that one due to my pride – I quit trying to be all to my husband and let Him do the work. I prayed and believed that my husband would walk out that night of accepting salvation early in our marriage by getting baptized – not to guarantee salvation since we are saved by grace alone – but instead to solidify it in his life. I prayed that prayer for 10 years! It came to pass in 2008. And my husband hasn’t looked back in his newly found boldness. So keep believing and praying and believing and praying. It is always worth it. More of Him always works. 🙂

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