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Pray for Me

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Ps. 91:11, NIV.

Forget the hot summer afternoon of January 20, 1987? Hardly!

That day I found myself getting ready for surgery, and my dear husband was with me. Concern was normal because the diagnosis was breast cancer; there would be general anesthesia, and treatment would follow the surgery. Soon I would be heading to the operating room, but I was feeling more and more tranquil. Why am I so peaceful? So calm? I wondered. Then I remembered that an entire church was praying for me. I felt as if I were in Jesus’ arms, that He was caring for me as though I were His only daughter. What comfort! What assurance! What peace I felt! When people pray, something happens! God listens. God answers. God makes changes. God touches lives.

The surgery was successful. I’ve been very blessed and now lead a normal, healthy life. Gratitude still lingers in my heart for all those who prayed for me. I recognize that God is a Father of love who cares for each child as His only child. I can say with assurance, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1, NIV). The God who created all things, who maintains them, who created you and me, who knows how many strands of hair are on our heads, is the same One who cares for each detail of our lives.

I love the following quote about God’s love and trust: “Nature and revelation alike testify of God's love. Our Father in heaven is the source of life, of wisdom, and of joy. Look at the wonderful and beautiful things of nature. Think of their marvelous adaptation to the needs and happiness, not only of man, but of all living creatures. The sunshine and the rain, that gladden and refresh the earth, the hills and seas and plains, all speak to us of the Creator's love. It is God who supplies the daily needs of all His creatures” (Steps to Christ, p. 9). 

 “Let the soul be drawn out and upward, that God may grant us a breath of the heavenly atmosphere. We may keep so near to God that in every unexpected trial our thoughts will turn to Him as naturally as the flower turns to the sun” (Ibid. pp. 99, 100). 

It is worthwhile to trust in Him.

Elza C. dos Santos

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