Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
At my last dental cleaning and check this past December, my dentist, Dr. Lisa, concludes that the hairline cracks in my four front teeth aren't getting any better. She is worried, as am I, that one could easily chip or break, making capping it that much more difficult. I make an appointment to have the procedure done the week after Christmas.
And while I know this dental work is necessary, it doesn't make me less anxious about it. I've had crowns done before, yes; but four teeth at once? My husband, Danny went through the same experience several years back; he still recalls the intense discomfort he felt the day after, and makes sure I'm prescribed a decent pain killer.
Okay. So I'll have something to assuage the ache. But that doesn't go far enough to allay my fears about the entire process. Even in the joy of our Christmas celebration, I find it almost impossible to take my mind off the impending appointment.
As the day looms, my apprehension grows. I decide I need something to calm my nerves.
And that something is prayer.
I post my prayer request on Facebook. The response from my friends? Overwhelming! I am so touched by how many are more than happy to pray for me at this worrisome time.
And best of all, their prayers worked! When I stroll into my dentist's office the next morning, I'm anxious for nothing. Absolutely nothing. I feel such an incredible peace about the whole thing. Eager, even, to simply 'git 'er done!'
Some folks, I'm certain, must have prayed for a speedy recovery, too. Although I have some soreness once the Novocain wears off that afternoon, the next morning, not a shred of an ache remains! It's as if I never went through the ordeal in the first place.
So, my friends, when someone asks you to pray for him or her, do it! The influence and blessing of intercessory prayer cannot be underestimated.
Your prayers are powerful.
Your prayers are effective.
Your prayers are huge! (My word for 2017)
And I can't thank all of you, who did pray for me, enough.
Do you have a testimony about the power and effectiveness of intercessory prayer? Please share in the comments section.