MAY 18 | 1 Timothy 2:1-7
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Trusted Prayer Partners
by Judy Webb
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf and give thanks for them...so we can live peaceful and quiet lives...” (1 Timothy 2:1 NLT)
The first time someone asked if they could pray for me, I was stunned. That had never happened to me before and I didn’t know what to say or how to act. I was facing surgery, and that too was new for me. This woman took my hands in hers and began to call upon God for my healing. She prayed for the surgeon also and then she closed with praise to God for all that He was going to do for me. "And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well." (James 5:15) To say I was speechless would be understating the facts. If I were honest, I would have to admit that her prayers unsettled me a little. They made me think that things were more serious than I thought. But you know what? On the other side of this situation, I can see that she wanted me to be safe and if I wasn't going to be healed, she wanted me to be safe in the Savior's Arms. That was a friend indeed. Early in my faith walk - before this encounter - I was given a book written by Evelyn Christenson titled, "What Happens When Women Pray." I read that book, cover to cover, and was enthralled by the stories of prayer. God had a plan for me which included this gift, this powerful gift of prayer. I have many stories to share about prayer and the way God developed it in me.