This is my story; I am not saying follow this formula and this will happen to you. It is embarrassing to have stomach distress. I was not ignoring the problem, I was following medical advice and I was praying. Why get anyone else involved in praying, other people get to be private? Seriously, God, why does my life have to be an open book? This stomach struggle I did not want to share, so maybe I was dealing with pride. Also, when you rank my problem along other people’s, well it was very minor. It just seemed self-centered to ask for prayer.
The problem was getting worse. I could not leave the house. I had no energy. The doctor was talking about rerunning the tests. I was getting scared. In desperation, I wrote on my church’s Facebook page, “The sound you heard just now was me swallowing my pride. It tasted terrible. I hoped that my health issue was simple and easily resolved, but after scopes, scans, and blood taken for 4 times over several months, no diagnoses. Pray that I don’t have to start the testing all over. I promise to let you know how God answers your prayer.”
Within 48 hours of my asking for prayer, I had some answers; within 5 days of my asking for prayer my energy started improving. My problem is not cured, but it is manageable and not frightening. You can interpret the facts any way you choose. This experience did not change the way I view prayer. I already totally believed in prayer.
This experience reminded me, that I am to live in community with other believers. I need the church. God intends for the church to depend one another. I think that the relationship aspect of the twelve step programs is why they are so successful. The structure encourages people leaning on each other, as they lean on God.
James 5:14, 15 “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.” I thought as a woman trusting God, I could be dependent on God and independent when it came to others. This week God reminded me I need people.