What can one prayer do?

A friend of mine used Facebook to ask for prayer yesterday. It is something I have done numerous times; but  it got me to thinking about the marvelous ways we, as Christians can reach out for help.

We have prayer lists, votive candles, novenas, favorite saints, priests, pastors, and fellow believers to send out our requests…….but what happens next?

It takes great courage to bare our souls and ask for help; although many on the outside of the transparent curtain that separates the believers from the non-believers, might disagree.

We ask for prayers for ourselves, on behalf of those who are sick, dying, suffering, dealing with employment issues or relationship issues–and what great courage we have in asking others to give a portion of themselves to pray and think on our intentions.

In Luke, we hear Jesus saying to us “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
  If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

When my husband nearly died three years ago, Our Lord took him to a place where he could see those  who prayed for him, thought about him, and offered help in any way. Some were Christian and some were not–but all were revealed to him as stars in the midnight sky and all the stars carried the names of those who cared enough to remember his name in their quiet moments.

What I learned, was that the great communion of saints is not reserved solely for Christians or Catholics, but for anyone with a pure and unselfish heart. Despite, their personal beliefs or hang ups on believing in a power greater than themselves–God can use them, and each one of us.

Since that experience, I know that my prayers are added to those stars in the sky and directly affect those who so bravely ask for intercession. I offer them now, and know, like incense rising, that they will be added to those who have gone before us, and united with Jesus’ prayers to offer grace, mercy and healing.

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