Thursday, 29 March 2012

Praying friends- thank you!


A year ago this week I suffered a terrible headache which was to set the ball rolling towards seizure, brain-tumour diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan.

It would be fair to say it hasn’t been an easy year for myself or my loved ones, but there are many blessings we’ve been privileged to enjoy. 'His providences proclaim Him to be a God who hears prayer' said John Flavel, we’ll we’ve seen a lot of prayer and been amazed at God’s providential care over the last 12 months. We’ve seen progress and known peace that we wouldn’t have expected on the day of diagnosis and its beyond doubt that this is in no small part a fruit of so many people's labour in prayer on our behalf.

Almost without exception if I meet another Christian for the first time, within a few minutes I’ll hear the phrase ‘Oh you’re that guy we’ve been praying for!’ My photograph has been on staffroom and study walls to remind people to pray. I’ve been on countless email lists, tweets, prayer-chains and Facebook status updates. I’ve been prayed for in conferences I’ve never attended and churches I’ve never known.

Tomorrow many people, both from my own church family and others will be having a day of prayer and fasting to ask for continued healing, guidance and peace.

It’s truly humbling to be so well prayed for, we have seen the power of those prayers, and are deeply thankful for them.

So to those who have been praying -and will be praying- a huge thank you.

Ezra 8:21,23

Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God to seek from Him a safe journey for us, our little ones, and all our possessions… So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.

James 5:16

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

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