The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Life!

April 26, 2014

Don’t underestimate power of prayer

Editor’s note: This column by the late Bev Davis originally was published Sept. 23, 2006. Davis passed away Aug. 1, 2010, of a sudden illness.

 

A few weeks ago, I went to church with a heavy heart. I hadn’t shared my burden with anyone else. During the praise and worship time, I struggled to be sincere in what I was singing. My heart just wasn’t in it. I had often prayed about this particular matter, and I felt there was just nothing more to be said to God about it. I didn’t have a prayer to offer that day.

A young woman in front of me suddenly turned around and said, “I don’t know who you are and I know you don’t know me, but I believe the Lord wants me to pray for you right now.”

I welcomed her offer, and we joined hands as she prayed aloud for me while the music swelled around us. Some of the things she prayed for met my need exactly. When she had finished, I felt refreshed and had a new perspective about my situation. We hugged and returned to worship. This time, I was fully engaged and sang from a joyful — and thankful — heart.

This week, a minister shared how he had been led to approach another man of the cloth and offer a prayer with him. At first, he hesitated, thinking, “That’s a man of God. He knows how to pray. He doesn’t need me to step up to the plate and pray with him.” However, he continued to feel strongly that he should approach his Christian brother and pray for him. He did so, and found it was the very encouragement a fellow minister needed during a weary day in his life.

A day later, a friend shared with me how she had been led to pray with a college classmate. Thinking she might be rebuffed, my friend approached the young woman quietly and made the offer, which was warmly received. When my friend had finished praying, the classmate looked up with tears in her eyes and said, “No one ever offered to do that for me before.”

Folks, there are all kinds of people around us who “don’t have a prayer.” They may be burdened about an ongoing problem that has worn them out. They may be dealing with a chronic illness or going through chemo or radiation treatments that rob them of energy. They may be too discouraged to offer a prayer of their own.

They may be devout believers in the power of prayer, but for whatever reason, they can’t find the words or the energy to form a prayer. What greater gift could we give them, or what greater service could we provide, than to pray with them?

Just saying we’ll pray privately for them may not be enough. However, letting them actually hear the petition leave our lips and go to the throne of God may give them that extra measure of faith they need to forge ahead in their particular struggle.

It doesn’t hurt to make the offer. It may be more welcome than you think.

1
Text Only
Life!
  • 072314 Life CrossFit 4.jpg Crossfit Nation: Working out the WOD way

    Just as fashion trends come and go, so do fitness fads, and Cyndie Chinn had tried them all.

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • downsize 1 Living large in smaller spaces

    How is it possible that as your nest gets emptier, your garage gets fuller? Living off the grid sounds tantalizing — the extreme version of paring down. But are you ready for solar panels and growing your own groceries or would a smaller home do the trick?

    July 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • Relishing the faith of little children

    July 19, 2014

  • Guns 1 ‘Guns’ for Life

    With the latest World Health Organization figures showing global life expectancy increasing from 64 years in 1990 to 70 years in 2011, staying healthy enough to add quality to the quantity of life is an important consideration.

    July 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • coconut 4 Crack open the power of the coconut

    Now let’s get this straight …
      We know about Parrotheads. And Cheeseheads. But when did Coconut Heads become cool?
    Move over, argan — you are so last season. Another exotic oil is taking lead role in everything from shampoo to weight-loss supplements. That cast-iron skillet seasoning, stretch-mark banishing essence of the hour is — coconut oil.

    July 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • Free summer serenade concert to be held

    Aurora Celtic, sponsored by Ivy & Stone, presents the free Summer Serenade concert Saturday at 6 p.m. on the Brown House lawn in Summersville.

    July 13, 2014

  • WVU Extension: Healthy summer eating tips for all occasions

    Summer and early fall are the times of year for family reunions, potluck picnics, pool parties and various other celebrations where we like to share food.

    July 13, 2014

  • new BAF fund Endowment still helping students attend college

    The “Beckley College, College of West Virginia, Mountain State University and University of Charleston-Beckley Alumni Association Fund” has the distinction of having the longest name of any of the 400 permanent endowments managed by the Beckley Area Foundation.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • My faith is an anchor to hold on to

    July 12, 2014

  • 062514 Life Piloxing 3.jpg Wellness Wednesdays: One-Two, Punch!

    In a fast-paced blend of pilates, boxing and dance, a popular group exercise class at the YMCA called Piloxing is a sure way to increase cardio and build long, lean muscles.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos