She was only 45. Although she was breathing on her own, she was in a coma and her body was shutting down. Next to her bedside sat her grieving mother.
I can’t even imagine what it must have been like for her, but she opened up and shared her heart with me. She said her daughter did not attend church, but had been a good person. She asked if I would pray for her.
I told her that even though her daughter is not responding, she may still hear everything we say. I bent over the bed and introduced myself.
“Hello M. My name is Kathleen and I want you to know that God loves you. I don’t know what’s in your past. We’ve all done some wrong things in our lives. We have all sinned. That is why Jesus came, to die for our sins, so that we could be saved and someday enter heaven. The Bible tells us that if we are willing to turn away from our sin, then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
“I know you cannot speak. But God understands your thoughts. You can call on the name of Jesus right now in your thoughts. He hears you. He wants to save you.
“I’m going to pray for you now. ‘Lord God, please touch M. Open her mind to understand how much You love her. You want to forgive her. Give her the ability to focus on Jesus right now, and call on His name in her thoughts. Thank You, Lord, for saving M. and making her ready for heaven. I pray in Jesus’ precious name, Amen.’”
Her mother let go of her daughter’s hand and wiped her own eyes. She said she was now ready to let her daughter go.
- This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10
- Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13
[Have you ever had an experience where you could not respond, but you could hear what was being said? Would you have prayed differently? If so, how? To leave a comment, simply click on the story’s title, then scroll to the bottom.]
SONG: MY FRIEND – Words by D.J. Higgins; Music by Kathleen: