The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful. James 5:16Consequently, failing marriages have been saved, jobs have been given to the unemployed, patients have become cancer free, and on and on. Even when someone has been prayed back to healing, they remain on her prayer list forever. From my perspective, it all seems so effortless. If and when I'm in distress, or someone I know is, I simply put my mom on the case. Then, just like being on my back deck now, I sit back in the darkness and wait for the glow of her prayers to wrap us all up in enough healing to continue on. The thing is: It may feel effortless on my part, but it's not on my twinkle lights' part, or my mom's. All day long, the little panel on my lights is pounded by the sun's intense rays. All day long, that panel has to store up that energy. That's how it can power those little orbs of light when darkness falls. So too with my mom. All day long, she is fervently praying, pounding God's loving heart with her petitions. All day long, God stores up her faith-filled supplications. When darkness comes into the lives of those she loves, He opens the floodgate of her prayers. That's how all that faith, hope and love come streaming back to grace whomever is in need. Although it's fine for me to relax on my back deck and enjoy the fruits of my lights' labor, I shouldn't do so with my mom's prayers. Rather, I should be following her example. Just imagine if we all became powerful prayer warriors, like my mom, and prayed unceasingly. We'd light up this world with healing and grace!
Copyright 2018 Claire McGarry
About the Author
Claire McGarry is the author of the Lenten devotional "With Our Savior," published by Creative Communications for the Family/Bayard, Inc. and All is Blessing: Finding God in the Tensions of Life, to be published by Our Sunday Visitor in the fall of 2021. Her freelance work has appeared in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Focus on the Family magazine, Catechist magazine, These Days devotional, and Keys for Kids devotional. The founder of MOSAIC of Faith, a ministry with several different programs for mothers and children, she blogs at Shifting My Perspective.