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  • Writer's pictureSherry Kirkland

You Gotta Have Faith

I have an amazing testimony to share. I have an aunt out of state, who has been in and out of the hospital a lot recently. She had some major surgery and never bounced back. It's just been one thing after another with her health. And there has been several times where I thought she was slipping away from us.

This past Wednesday, my mom called me after visiting her sister. She was totally distraught and saddened by what she saw. She told me that my aunt didn't recognize her. She was out of it. She was awake but not alert and didn't even realize that my mom was there. She said it was like my aunt couldn't see. My mom quickly ended our conversation. I could tell that this had really depressed her.

After Bible study that night, pastor asked if anyone needed prayer. I quickly responded that I have an aunt that wasn't doing too well. So together we prayed. Pastor prayed passionately, we all did. All of our requests were addressed in this prayer. I knew how I felt but it was amazing to feel the concern and intensity coming from those around me.

I immediately called my mother as I drove home and told her how powerful the prayer was. I told her not to give up yet and to go back to visit her sister and let me know how she was doing. My call actually made her feel better. Just the fact that we were so far away but we cared enough to pray for her sister, brought her some peace.

My mom said that she couldn't bring herself to go back to the rehab facility Thursday but she went back Friday. She said when she hit the door of my aunts room, she said that my aunt became almost giddy with excitement to see her. They had a wonderful visit, they talked and laughed, my aunt was her usual self. My mother could not stop thanking and praising God, that she had her sister back. Our prayers had been answered. Thank you Lord!

To me this is not just a lesson in prayer and how powerful it is. Or even how awesome it is to have people that are willing to pray with you. Or how important it is to have people that will pray for you when you cannot pray for yourself. Which are all great parts of this story but for me, the biggest lesson is Faith. Faith is the power that makes everything work. After praying I truly believed that it was already done. I believed so strongly that I called my mother immediately to let her know.

I am not sure that my faith always matches up to what I am praying for. But this time it did. I learned a lesson about unwavering faith. I had faith before but I believe that I just increased it to another level. That is the thing that I love most about this journey... the constant growth. With each step we take and every new thing that we learn, we grow closer to Him. I just thank Him for continuing to work with me.

We have to have the faith to know, without any doubt, that anything we ask God for is already done. Know it, claim it, believe it. It's already done...

James 1:6-8 6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the LORD. 8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Hebrews 11:1 1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Matthew 18:19 19Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Luke 1:37 37For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Matthew 21:22 22And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

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