Tonight I received the following joyful email from a long-time friend:
“My coworker, Julie, is not a believer. Her sister, Mary Lou, has pancreatic cancer and it appears she does not have long to live. Understandably, Mary Lou is anxious and frightened. They were raised Catholic but neither is walking with the Lord.
“I suggested that Julie ask Mary Lou to allow me to pray with her on the phone the same prayer I prayed for myself when I learned I had cancer five years ago. This is the prayer in which I actually surrendered to God’s will, asking that His best purpose be accomplished in my life — whether I continue to be ill, die, or recover.
“Incredibly, Julie agreed to my idea! The first prayer was answered when Mary Lou said she wanted me to pray with her! Every day for the past five days, Julie has called me with her sister on the other line and I pray for both of them. Julie said the prayers are strengthening Mary Lou’s faith and giving her hope.
“Today they asked that I pray specifically for a particular complication she is experiencing. Shortly after we finished praying, the complication was corrected. They were overjoyed and their faith strengthened. How’s that!
“Please pray with me that God will speak to Mary Lou’s heart and that she will make the most important decision of her life–to surrender her life to Jesus Christ. Also pray that if it’s God’s will, that she would be miraculously healed.
“Right now I’m listening to ‘Our God’ by Chris Tomlin: ‘Our God is greater, our God is stronger. God, You are higher than any other. Our God is Healer, awesome in power. Our God, Our God!’
“As you can probably tell, Kathleen, I am full of the joy of the Lord! The following is a promise from God’s Word that I KNOW is true.”
- Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29