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The Power Of Prayer

 To briefly share a testimony, many of you are aware of the last few days of events involving my parents health. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease two weeks ago and last week she fell and broke her arm.  My dad discovered a day after mom's diagnosis that his heart is operating at 50% capacity.  Monday morning I learned that he drove himself to an area hospital at 1:00 in the morning, alone.  He presented with chest pains and palpitations at an area hospital.  After an evaluation, ECHO cardiogram and so forth, the diagnosis was a possible heart attack.  Having been a by-pass patient 12 years ago at the age of 68, a repeat by-pass procedure at the age of 81 was next to impossible.  It was too great a risk making him a poor candidate for surgery.

 Friday (tomorrow) he was scheduled for a cardiac catherization.  Today he was alerted by his surgeon that stents would be placed to open all of the blocked arteries.  Prayers were sown into the situation by many, many faithful people including this real estate network of friends.

 This morning, (Thursday) I learned his procedure was moved to today and with very little time and notice I was able to connect with my father for prayer over a cell phone call as he was being wheeled to the operating room.  I then received a telephone call this afternoon at 4:30 from my sister with the news.  Her first words were, "I have chills" -- I said, "Okay??... and?"  She replied, "the surgeon found nothing. There are no blockages."  I replied, "Hallelujah, this is a miracle."  Gotta love those Holy Spirit goosebumps!

 Many people including Believers hear of the power of prayer yet some in fact, limit the possibilities instead of believing and claiming the promises in God's Word.  Sometimes, the tendency may be to put God [Love] in a box, a very small box.  I found that in order to fully abide in God, I must freely abide in His love -- toward other people, commitment to His Word and obedience to His standards through a life of holiness accomplished only by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Do I fail?  Absolutely!  Am I a work in progress?  For sure!  But I press on every day to get it right and to keep it right.

 All Believers are given a measure of faith.  We develop and cultivate it through trials and testing with the purpose being growth and maturity as children of God.  The Father absolutely loves when we place our lives in His hands trusting Him to do the impossible in our situations.

 Whether it is a physical manifestation of healing or a real estate transaction that closed flawlessly, let us be diligent to always praise Him, regardless of the outcome.  The power of prayer can move mountains. His Word is Truth and impossible of error.  But remember, one must with complete confidence, BELIEVE through faith that God is able to do anything.  He absolutely answers prayers.

 Thank you to everyone who sowed seeds of God's love through emails, telephone calls and posts to blogs on other group sites.  My parents remarked that they can feel the prayers going forth.  There IS power in prayer!  Use this tool to communicate your love to God and to petition Him in every situation.  His faithfulness will manifest as a light to direct your path unfailingly.  God bless you!

GBY!  Barbara :) 


- This biog is an extension of HOPE Ministry and "The Secret Place" -- if it has sown a blessing into your life please consider sowing back into the ministry at the website link below:

www.hope2007.org

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Comment balloon 10 commentsBARBARA RIES • July 03 2008 09:08PM

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Barbara what a blessing your story is.  I'm reminded of James 1:6-8.  "But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like th surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.  For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways." 

You are so right about us putting our incredible God into the little box of our assumptions and expectations.  Thanks again for the reminder that even when things don't go as we expect, that doesn't mean He isn't listening or that He isn't answering.  Oftentimes the answer, "No" can be a bigger blessing than the answer, "Yes." 

I'm SO GLAD the answer was YES for your Dad!  Blessings on you!

Sharon

Posted by Sharon Starks, Ph.D. Keller Williams (Keller Williams) almost 10 years ago

Hi Sharon:  Thank you for your insight into His Word.  God is able to do the impossible -- simply because He IS God.  Thank you for your loving thoughts and post.  Barbara 

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hey Barbara, I'm glad to hear the positive news about your Dad. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Hi Carol:  We are too.  Thank you for your concern and calls. Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) almost 10 years ago

Barbara, that is a fantastic story. Hallelujah! I have found that sometimes we seem to be given challenges to ramp up our prayer life - with remarkable results at the other end.

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) almost 10 years ago

Hi Steve:  I agree.  Challenges and testing call us to rise up in faith to trust God completely.  I am glad He hears our prayers.  Thanks for your post.  We serve an awesome and mighty God.  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) almost 10 years ago

Barbara,

What a beautiful testimony.  I am so glad your Father didn't have to have stints. The power of prayer is wonderful. It is also nice to read that someone can speak freely about our Lord.  Thank you for this heart warming post.

Posted by Laura Watts (Positive Properties, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Amen Laura! What a mighty God we serve! Thanks so much for your post and loving thoughts.  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hey Laura, I second that! It's really nice to be able to have conversations about the Lord when ever we please.  :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Sure is Carol.  When people gather together who talk about the Lord, it is amazing how the excitement builds about the Lord and I find it creates an atmosphere of thanksgiving and praise.  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) almost 10 years ago

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