“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:18-19a).
It’s easy to feel completely alone in this life with chronic invisible illnesses. Regularly I hear the same from others, who daily battle that dark, cold, and all-encompassing feeling of loneliness.
We can feel lonely, despite being surrounded by family. The middle of the night is loneliest, when I’m unable to sleep and surrounded by darkness, increasing my fears.
Recently, our suburb had a power failure late at night. Sometimes this happens weekly, so I’m used to them. However, this particular power outage created panic about being cut off from my online friends.
The flicker of a candle not only lightened the dark room, but enlightened my heart. For a moment I had a heavenly view of my life, which I’m not sure that I can put into words sufficiently.
In that moment it was as if I was seeing people praying for me right there in my lounge room. There were online friends, family who are now departed, people from the past and the present all praying for me–simultaneously.
God is omnipresent and His timelines are not like ours. In this vision people’s prayers were loud and clear, being shared from a loving heart to our beloved God–for me.
Imagine actually seeing all of the people who are a part of your life, past, present, and Eve future, praying for you in one moment in time!
Can your hear the sound? The room is full of beloved friends, family, and even people unknown to you praying on the other side of the world for situations such as yours.
Seeing with God’s enlightenment suddenly gave me hope. I am not alone!
The flicker of the candle and this enlightened view of my life, brightened my room and my heart. Prayers of many surround us and draw upon “His incomparably great power for us who believe.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the faithful prayers of people from our past, present, and future. Thank You especially for people who pray for others whom they haven’t even known. When we’re lonely remind us of Your love for us and of the many prayers said on our behalf. Amen.
About the Author:
Kerryn Wright lives with her family among the gum trees in South Australia. She was a special education teacher prior to chronic illnesses. Her husband is carer for three of their family, who have chronic illnesses and disabilities. God has always guided them through life’s challenges, often in surprising ways.
Who would be on your list of people who have prayed for you that you know about? Have you ever considered that people you don’t even know are praying for you? Can you imagine everyone who has ever prayed for you in one place in one moment in time?
Some of you may read this and think, “Well, I don’t think anyone is praying for me!” Someone is. I pray for you, for each person who receives this devotional (even if you don’t read it.) And I know our writers here pray for you. So you can assume that you are being prayed for by someone–and most likely others you don’t even know about. -Lisa
This is the song “Someone is Praying For You.” I tried to find out who is singing on this video, but was unable to. I hope the lyrics remind you, however, that you are prayed for. And take time to look around you. Who needs your prayers? When I hear the neighbor’s baby crying over our back fence at 3 AM I pray for those parents. When I see a woman struggling to walk into a store, I pray for her. Look around and consider who you can pray for as well. -Lisa