Turning to a sale item while mentally checking my budget, my attention was jolted by a sickening thud! Our two-year-old daughter had fallen out of the shopping cart, face down on the cement floor.
Plucking her up, I saw her eyes roll back just as my husband ran up with our older toddler. In that desperate moment, we instinctively paused for a moment to pray. Then, racing to the storefront to call an ambulance, to our surprise one of our pastors appeared, and assessing our situation, called our church to alert others to pray.
We quickly drove to the hospital instead of waiting for an ambulance. My husband turned up praise music, trying to keep our daughter conscious. By the time we reached the hospital emergency room, serious head injury symptoms manifested.
After a short wait, our daughter unexpectedly jumped off her daddy’s lap and started running up and down the hallway, apparently with little to no ill effects from her fall. Her healing became more evident the next day, when the predicted raccoon bruising was only an insignificant quarter-sized spot between her eyes and she had otherwise completely recovered.
The Bible advises, “If anyone is in trouble, he should pray.” – James 5:13. Furthermore: “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” – Philippians 4: 6-7 (MSG)
During the United States Civil War, a Union Army sentry, fearing the imminent danger of his solitary post, became depressed and began singing the hymn, Jesus, Lover of My Soul. He became entirely calm. Unknown to him as he sang, a hidden Confederate soldier had snuck up, within easy firing range. The Confederate, taking deadly aim, heard the sentry sing, “Cover my defenseless head with the shadow of Thy wing.” The Confederate lowered his gun and quietly retreated, thinking, “I couldn’t kill that man, though he were ten times my enemy.”
Those who pray discover that God is an ever-present help in time of trouble. He will hear and answer your cry. And don’t forget to thank Him for His intervention, as praise releases the power of prayer.