Praying for a friend does Work

Praying for a friend

The Prayer Request made by Karen

This story tells of a prayer that was fifteen years old and how God miraculously answered it. My friends were engulfed in the planning of the trip to the Holy Land. I rally had the desire to go. I had always dreamt of visiting Israel. I could not simply imagine how wonderful it would feel to walk on the same paths once walked on by great people.

At first, I was a bit hesitant as I had a number of health issues. I had been bedridden for close to a year due to Rocky Mountain spotted fever and I had just only recently started to feel better. I started to pray about the trip as I was not really sure about what I should do. This was the first time in my life that I had asked God to send me a sign.

Two weeks after, I was sure that God wanted me to go as he sent me the sign. I earnestly began to prepare for the trip. I read the Bible and a number of other reference books. I jotted down noted and kept a daily journal for the trip. I prayed over and over again and asked God to spiritually prepare me. At the beginning of the spiritual journey, I felt very blessed and well prepared. Finally, I was going to fully experience the Holy Land and get to visit all these places that I had been reading and wondering about.

During the flight there, I got a good number of hours to read the Bible and to also say a few prayers. When I was leaving home, my husband was still very drunk. He had repeatedly told me that he did not understand why I wanted to go to Israel as there was nothing real about what people believed concerning God. As we landed in Tel Aviv, I said a prayer asking God to allow this trip to change my life.

While In Israel, I visited the Wailing Wall and put in the same prayer request that I had told God over and over again before; I prayed for my husband to become sober and receive salvation. I never knew how powerful praying for a friend was, but I kept faith that God would work with all the intent I had given into my prayers. The following day, I fell and broke my leg; this forced me to stay in Israel for an additional 10 days. I believed this happened for a reason and the reason was for God to answer my prayer. Just four days after I had inserted my request in the wall. My husband at the same time (while he was drunk)  fell through a glass coffee table and was rushed to the hospital. From that night on he became sober and received salvation. It has been more than one year now and I am still truly amazed at the miracle God performed in my life. He does answer prayers! Not always in the way that we want it. We now go for walks together talking about the miracle that happened to us. I also take him to all his Alcoholic Anonymous meetings. Thank you God for all your help.

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