A Devotion May Be Someone's Only Bible

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And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up . . . therefore . . . pray for one another, that you may be healed.  James 5:15–16 ESV

My cousin had a rare form of cancer and needed a liver transplant.

Everyone in the family volunteered to offer him a part of theirs. His siblings and first cousins were all eliminated as donors. My cousin’s good friends and business associates were all told they were out of the running. He was placed on a list to wait for a deceased donor. All we could do was pray. We felt helpless, but were we?

Prayer is not waving a magic wand. Many who are prayed for die. Many who are not prayed for live. So, what is the difference?

Prayer doesn’t always change circumstances, but it does change us. It places our will, like Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, in submission to God’s will where we pray not for our will but for God’s will to be done.

Doing this gives a great sense of peace as we place our trust in the One who loves us perfectly and has the power to act on that love.

Whom would you like to serve? Can you trust that Jesus, who loved us enough to die for us on the cross, has the power and desire to do the most loving thing for the person for whom you care so much?

And by the way, my cousin did receive a new liver and continues to recover.

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Laurie Herlich

Laurie Herlich followed the Lord’s leading across the country to the promised land of Northeast Tennessee. There she writes cozy mysteries and devotions in a converted garden hut situated in her back yard.