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When You Haven’t Got a Prayer!

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Most of us don’t plan to find ourselves in the midst of a crisis, especially when we’re still young and strong and healthy.  We imagine that things like strokes happen to other people, older people.  It doesn’t even cross our minds that we should worry about our health; at least that’s what I thought at the age of 46.  I was in good health and I worked out and I played basketball and life was going my way.

Then without warning, I found myself in a crisis and it felt like I didn’t have a prayer. Within days of having two strokes, I went into an induced coma and somewhere between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, I woke up again. I woke up to a whole new world.  My family had been experiencing my health crisis the whole time I was asleep, but I was only vaguely aware that something had gone terribly wrong with my brain and my body.

All I can tell you is that God showed up! At first He simply reminded me of something my mother had said years before.  “God won’t give you anything that you and He together can’t handle!”  My mother’s words were life-changing. They inspired my heart and mind and gave me greater peace.

In the early days of becoming conscious of the stroke, I wasn’t always able to pray.  I didn’t have a prayer in me, but fortunately for me, my wife, Brenda did.  My friends did.  People that worked in the hospital and in the recovery areas did.  They prayed on my behalf until I could come back and be able to pray again.

I remind you of this because whatever you’re going through right now, you may feel like you haven’t got a prayer.  Well, you may not, but the people who love you are ready to pray!  God put them near you for a time when you would need them.

It’s a good day to give God thanks and praise because with God, there’s nothing that you can’t handle!


 “Also, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about something and pray for it, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. This is true because if two or three people come together in my name, I am there with them.”

                        Matthew 18:19-20, NCV

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