I have often told my friends I'd pray for them and their situations (and I do) but I've actually never prayed WITH a friend until today. Someone very dear to me is sick with cancer and while talking today she broke down and shared the ill feelings she was having in general toward an ex-boyfriend and about her life in general. I am by no means an expert but I do know anger will make things worse for a sick person. I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to pray right then in there (I usually ignore those promptings especially when I'm at WORK) and I couldn't help myself. I took her hands and said "Let's pray." At the conclusion she was crying and said it was a "good prayer."
I do not think I would have been open to praying this way if I hadn't had my morning devotional time. God was preparing me for this moment and guess what...my heart is so heavy and it took everything in me not to break down with her (I had my moment in the office by myself later). The very hardest part was realizing this woman is not ready to die, yet it doesn't look good as cancer continues to spread attacking her vital organs. I knew all the bad feelings she was releasing was entering ME, because that's how it works, but I had to let her release it and hopefully it will make her soul a little lighter today.
As I struggle with keeping these tears at bay I once again realize the preciousness of LIFE. It's here today and gone tomorrow. We take so much for granted: our health, families, spouses, friends, jobs etc. yet none of knows how much time we will be allotted here on this earth. We know we shouldn't sweat the small stuff yet we do. We know we should tell our loved ones we love them yet we don't. We know we should forgive the small and big grievances people do to us but we won't. I hate that it's moments like this that put life in perspective for me. I get so caught up in the minutia when none of it matters. So what my kid didn't Ace the test. I still have a chance to hug and laugh with my children when so many don't have that opportunity. All that matters is that we love people, and that we give and do our very best.
I know there is power in prayer. I've seen it work in my own life.
Are you ready to pray for others when the need arises?