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The Prayers of Many People
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
- James 5:16 (NIV)
Recently my wife, Joyce, went through a difficult time with serious health issues. We made a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to deal with one specific health concern. However, while the medical staff was preparing to respond, they discovered other serious medical problems. The result was that our stay in Rochester lasted for 25 days, and the real purpose for our going in the first place could not be addressed at that time.
Generally, I do not like waiting for issues to be addressed. However, during our stay in Rochester, I felt a peace that all things were working for our good. (See Rom. 8:28.) I have often wondered whether the number of people praying for a particular concern makes a difference in God’s response to that need. Certainly God hears and responds to the prayer of a single person. But will God be more apt to satisfy that need if hundreds of people are praying? I cannot say that I would have felt more fearful had only one person been praying for us. But I know that my peace came from knowing of the large number of people who were holding us up to God through their prayers.
See a picture of Stanley with his wife, Joyce, here.
Stanley L. Hayes (Michigan, USA)
Thought for the Day
Today I will add my prayers to those of others.
All-knowing God, we thank you for hearing the prayers of your people. Help us to realize that there is much power in prayer. Amen.
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