a need for prayer

“The function of prayer is not to influence God,
but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”

― Søren Kierkegaard

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God,
at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”

― Mother Teresa

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(broken sand dollar/ Santa Rosa, Beach, FL / Julie Cook / 2016)

I’m a huge believer in prayer and the power found in this sacred and mystical transcending form of communication.

I’ve lived long enough to know that not all prayers are answered as we often hope or even expect.
But I know that there are indeed answers—
I know that there is a powerfully innate connection that takes place when we earnestly seek the presence of the Creator…

We are told …
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for,
it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Matthew 18:19-20

So I come before you this evening to ask for your payers…

Our niece, my husband’s younger sister’s middle child, was rushed to the ER yesterday morning and remains in ICU.
Her potassium levels are deathly bottoming out for reasons yet discovered.
She is not responding to the emergency treatments.

Her father, a physician, told us this morning that “they” were being cautiously optimistic but his face told us otherwise.

Her name is Chrissy…she’s a 44 year old wife and mom.

The obvious prayer is that Chrissy be made well…
but I know that there is more to just praying for a “miraculous healing”

I know that prayers must also be said over and for her husband Bill and 14 year old son Eli.
Prayers for her brother, sister and their respective families…
As well as for my sister-n-law and her husband…

Prayers are offered for the nursing staff and the doctors…those charged with solving the mysteries and saving lives.

I believe that many hearts and voices raised in unison create a powerful force.

I ask if you will please join me in this time of needed prayer….

Thank you….

26 comments on “a need for prayer

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Indeed I will pray for all of them.

  2. phyllissnipes says:

    Chrissy, her family, and those who are caring for her continue to be at the heart of our intercessions to the Mighty Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals!

    • Thanks Phyllis– Gretchen told Gregory that her vital signs are dropping and she’s developed pneumonia — they put her on a ventilator yesterday when we were at the hospital– Gretchen stayed last night– I worry about her as well as she’s already been through so much with all of the disaster over mr cook — no matter their age, when our children are in trouble or hurting its all we can do just being there!

  3. Lynda says:

    Julie, of course Chrissy and all who love her and are caring for her will be in my prayers. Prayer is the most powerful tool that we have for negotiating through life. May God give strength and comfort to your entire family as you have certainly journeyed through some tough times recently.
    Blessings and prayers.

  4. LightWriters says:

    God is a very present help — prayers for His loving power to bring life and new hope…

    • thank you David—Gregory just called telling me things are touch and go—now her kidneys are shutting down—we’ll be off to the hospital this evening after supper.
      It’s just a mystery that has suddenly marched in trying to take hold—
      My poor sister-n-law has been through so much as of late—
      I appreciate the prayers my friend

  5. Angie says:

    Julie, I am so sorry to find you again and read this as the first post I see. Since shutting Kentucky Angel down I’ve begun looking for my friends again, and have found a few. I will definitely be praying for Chrissy and your entire family for the strength needed during this trying time. God is good, and He has a plan for all of you at this time, one that may never be completely understood, or will take time to understand, but please remember He is with you all, and is especially with Chrissy, holding her in His hands and watching over her especially. Also never forget that miracles happen still, and never give up. You remain in my prayers day and night. ❤

    • well, miracle indeed do abound and shut my mouth as I had feared you’d taken that chair of yours to Wally world one too many times and the battery failed and left you stranded for good—where in the heck have you been?????? oh my little Kentucky angel 🙂

      • Angie says:

        LOL, still here in Kentucky, but not an angel any more. With all my misadventures as well as my diagnoses of cancer, it just seemed like a good time to rest and do other things as much as possible, and only blog occasionally when I felt like there is something to say. So, I have my indoor garden, with two tomato vines filled with tiny green cherry tomatoes, several orchids that are in all stages of bloom, a tree (hyacinth I think), zucchini plant that has blossoms but no fruit,, etc, etc, etc. I’ve had to cut out several favorite activities, but replaced them with others so it all works out well. And I even go to Wally works occasionally still, when I feel adventurous and have a little bit of spare energy. See ya!

  6. I’m right there with you. I’ve lifted them all up and laid and the cross of Jesus, and I will continue to pray in solidarity with you for when two or more are gathered in His name, great things happen.Love you, Natalie 🙂 ❤

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  8. marijo1245 says:

    Praying for your family…maybe the Peace that passes all understanding surround you now.

  9. Melissa says:

    Just saw this Julie, lifting them all up in prayer, believing God for miracles

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