The Power of Prayer

Last night I experienced the power of prayer in an incredible way. Last week was a tough week, between the bad reaction to the chemo on Tuesday, dealing with the frustration of some cancer still being present…to emotionally thinking I was done with chemo and preparing for major surgery, then finding I needed to continue chemo (all the while feeling sick from the neupogen…like a bad flu.)

I felt led to have the Elders of my Church pray for me again, for healing in this new phase where we are trying to get rid of the last of the cancer. Sunday evening over 12 of the Elders came to our home and prayed for me after I shared with them how things were going, and how I don’t want my life back, but I want desperately to live so that I can serve God with a new life, one that is built on all he has shown me over this journey.

Pastor Bob started with James 1:2-4
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

That was just what I needed. Then, the Elders prayed for healing and strength and endurance.

I do not have words to describe the deep and sincere love they poured out in their prayers, beseeching God for healing for me and strength for Susan and I. I have never felt a more powerful time of prayer, and I am in awe of the faith and love of these men, and the power God pours out when we call on his name in obedience to scripture.

A short time after the Elders left, I realized that all my worries and fears had left me and I experienced the peace of God, truly the peace that transcends all understanding. Instead of feeling like I was shuffling into this week on fumes, I felt recharged and ready to go in fighting, and to take it one day at a time, relying God’s strength for today and hope for tomorrow.

This morning I woke up at 6:10 ready to go (quite a feat in itself for me!) and went into Chemo feeling more mentally ready than any day so far. Believe me when I say that this strength is not me, it’s all God. I’m just trusting Him, and giving over my fears and worries to Him. It’s not easy, especially when I’ve been worn down from over 2 months days of chemo, surgery, and neupogen, but it’s the only thing that works, and it works beyond any strength I could ever have myself.

Thanks for all your prayers….and don’t think I don’t need them because I need every single one of them in this day by day journey. It’s not a magic pill that I get to take once and then it’s all good, but a daily walk. Know that God is listening and there is amazing power in prayer. May His grace and blessing be upon you.

Rich

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6 Responses to “The Power of Prayer”

  1. MOM and BRUCE Says:

    His strength .,,.through you.. to all of us…The Lord be with you all today and always.xxxxoooo

  2. Kathy Mohorter Says:

    You all are in prayer 24 / 7 in my parish Adoration chapel at St. Agatha’s I write your name in every week when I do my special hour with Jesus. Wednesday 5 – 6 p.m. blesssings cousin kathy

  3. MOM and BRUCE Says:

    To all of you….family…friends…and those who do not know them…but through others – are praying with us… who are praying for Rich and Susan and Allison and Asher… may we all join our hearts in Spirit through our GREAT HEALER..and when you read this.. join together in our faith.and share our strength and love with the healing power of our Lord flowing through Rich and surround him and his family with love and faith….THAT HE WILL BE HEALED and that Christ Will ANSWER OUR PRAYERS…In His Name.AMEN

  4. Beth and Mikie Says:

    because of your blog, god is glorified even more! what a testament to other about what he’s doing in your lives. thank you for writing, and i prayed along with your parents there, and will continue to do so as the journey lengthens. love you guys-

  5. Laurie Binnewis Says:

    Rich,

    Awesome!!! Your testimony right now is powerful!!! Thank you so very much for taking the time to share and to use some of that God-given strength to bless us all…I am so thankful that you called the elders on your behalf. Unity in prayer is amazing…and I look forward to more incredible answers…when we are weak, He is strong. Be His strength today. My love to Susan always….Laurie

  6. denise jones Says:

    “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore i will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

    i had a discussion with well, my counselor, a while back and asked “why am i always so weak?” he responded, “that God’s strength is displayed in my weakness” and said, “if you were always strong, how would God be able to display his strength through you?” my response was, “well then, God has alot of opportunity to display his strength through me.” he responded, “praise the Lord!”
    and as i read your post, i think of how wonderful it is that God IS displaying His strength through you. God is the only One being glorified! It is Beautiful Rich.

    May God continue to sustain,heal, show Himself to you. May he alone continue to get the Big Glory!

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