James 5:16 KJV — Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
It’s true and I’m living proof that the prayer of a righteous man avails much.
I suffer from asthma, allergies, and have a rare form of dysphonia, which is a fancy word for chronic laryngitis.
Thus, our family has been learning ASL so we can communicate when my voice turns off.
Palm Sunday, in 2022, I was one of several people prayed for, and God answered.
No one at our church had heard my voice before, in fact several people thought I was deaf and mute.
But during that prayer my voice returned and I’ve been able to speak at our church ever since.
However, this Spring, I have been sick off and on, for months.
It’s really taken a toll on me and my asthma has become more challenging.
Saturday, I was outside when I realized wasn’t breathing well.
By the time I got into the house, my coughing had become an attack.
I texted my husband, as my rescue inhaler wasn’t working, he was busy in the shop.
I couldn’t think clearly, but remembered that sometimes it will get clogged and need to be washed out, which I did.
Unfortunately, it still wasn’t working.
I tried reading the inhaler, to see the number of remaining doses, but I couldn’t see it, my vision was blurry.
I started trying to get to where my replacement was, but only made it halfway.
“Help me, Lord!”
My husband walked in.
He knew exactly what to do and got my nebulizer treatment which stopped the attack.
We both praised God for His help.
Sunday morning, I was weak , but felt I could go to church and did well until we were leaving.
A neighbor was burning and the smoke was right outside the door I came out.
I made it to the car, and got my rescue inhaler, which worked, because my husband replaced the other one.
When I returned for prayer meeting, I made sure not to go to the same side of the church and I looked for smoke before I got out of the car.
I didn’t see any, but it hit me just as I was nearing the door.
My voice disappeared, but I didn’t have an attack.
No one at prayer knows ASL, so my efforts to explain what was happening didn’t really work, but I knew everyone was compassionate for my struggle.
After sharing requests, Pastor began to pray.
Everyone prayed aloud and I joined in my heart.
When we were finished, Pastor requested that everyone put their hands on me and pray for me.
As everyone gathered around and placed their hands on me, I was filled with gratitude.
As the first gentleman prayed, I felt a difference.
By the time our pastor was praying for me, I was praying too, aloud.
My voice had completely returned.
My cough had disappeared.
In one weekend, God has answered prayers in my life in mighty ways.
And I am so thankful.
Not just for the healing of my body, but for the way God has continued to show Himself to me throughout my life.
I’m filled with gratitude for those God has placed in my life, beginning with my family and extending to our church family.
I’m especially thankful for the prayers of righteous people on my behalf, for I know God is answering.
And I’m inspired, all the more, to live a life of testimony, that God may be glorified.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for answering prayer. Thank You for giving me what is best, even if I don’t always understand. Lord, thank You for these moments in my life which are an opportunity to praise You! Lord, it is through Your stripes that we are healed and I’m so grateful for that. Lord Jesus, I know that no matter what physical issues we may encounter here on Earth, that we have the promise of complete healing in Heaven where we will put off these tents and be clothed: For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:. Lord, thank You! Thank You for the promises You have given. Thank You for the comfort and instruction from Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for the truth and hope we can find in Your Word. I love You, Jesus. Amen.