“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”-James 5:16
It finally happened. I had invested in so many cleaning and disinfectant products I could open my own restoration cleaning service. The little beast was not making its way into my abode, not without a fight. We struggled and we fought hard, but lost. Influenza made its ugly way into the front door and took over every square inch of our house. Blame has to be laid somewhere, right? I blame the school where it has bred and grown every day for weeks (the word on the street was there were hundreds of kids out with the flu) and I begged my sixteen-year-old, please wash your hands all day long! I could have asked him to wear a mask and gloves because no one would have noticed or made fun of him, right?
We are all rarely ill in our family and so when we become sick, we are not good patients to ourselves or each other. The best course of action was to go to our three separate corners and fight through this by ourselves. But in hindsight, I realized we were not alone. God had our backs.
Even though I did little advertising we were all down for the count, people did check in on us and offered prayer. I barely could whisper a “help me” to God and yet folks were reaching out. You would think with all the hours of lying in bed, in and out of sleep, I could have spent ten minutes giving thanks for my circumstances (I could unload a list of diseases worse than the flu to have to fight for a much long time than a few days) and ask for healing, but instead I laid there, void of thought, other than feeling rotten. It is nice to know others were praying for me during my time of need.
My lesson had revealed itself to me as I was on the mend. My friends told me they would pray for me to feel better, heal quickly, and get back to feeling right with the world. I was able to experience all of these steps and I believe it happened because they kept their word. When I offer to someone I will pray for their circumstances, my intentions are to make it happen. I try to pray immediately for their needs and also put their request in my journal so I can continue to pray over them. I want those who ask for prayer to feel my appeal to God for them and know I care. Prayer for others is a way to be the hands and feet of Jesus and demonstrate my commitment to raising their needs to Him.
As I get my house back in order, (can you smell the bleach?) I am relaxed with a certain peace in my heart. I had several activities which were planned last week and they were not completed. I am not stressed or panicked and I am able to re-schedule items which were neglected. I think someone must have prayed for me to experience grace as well because, under my normal way of conducting activities, I would be in full freak out mode. Not this time. So thank you for the prayers last week for me and my family, you helped a sista out more than you know! Let me know if I can pray for you. Blessings.