“Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer” (Psalm 4:1).
I have lived in the same house for well over twenty years. I cannot tell you how many times over the years we have made plans to move, and those plans fell apart. It seems sometimes you are exactly where God wants you to be, and there is no use fighting Him about it.
A Care Flight helicopter just flew over my house, taking some poor soul from our small local hospital to a much larger, more advanced hospital about thirty miles south of here. Those emergency flights go right over my house as I live near our local hospital, and over the years I have automatically prayed for whoever that helicopter might be coming to receive, that they would have help and healing from God.
Not many years ago I was in a room at the larger hospital to the south, and my hospital room overlooked those same helicopters landing at the larger hospital, bringing people in for care. And I had the opportunity to pray for the injured person at the other end of the line.
A sinking suspicion has grown in my mind over the years.
Has God kept me in the same location because He knows that I pray for people on those Care Flights who badly need prayer? I would not be surprised. It may be that the most important thing I have ever done–or will ever do–is to pray for someone who is in serious need flying above my house.
Disability and disease has vastly limited what I have been able to accomplish in life. Perhaps you can say the same thing. Yet no matter how limited we may be due to illness, we can always pray, we can always talk to God, and we can always intervene for some needy soul through prayer.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to never underestimate the power of a single prayer. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. Disease and illness has left its mark on him, but his hope is that he has made a difference to others by calling upon God on their behalf.
Have you felt that you are useless to anyone else because of your disability? Why not start praying right now for everyone around you, and everyone you can think of?
There will be times when we feel like giving up. We wonder what the point is in all of this and we just want to run away from it all. We grow impatient waiting for God to do something! If we can’t run away, we can easily run from God–in a weird way of “getting even” with Him for allowing us to suffer.
This song, “The One I’m Running To” by 7eventh Time Down shares how we want to run, but we must run to Him, not away from Him. Hugs, -Lisa