In 1959, Mary Lou was about to give birth. She went to the hospital, and for over 48 hours she was in hard labor. Technology being what it was at that time, she had few options. The doctors told her, “Ma’am, you’d better prepare for the worst. There’s no way this child will have survived this ordeal. He will in all probability be stillborn.”
She began to call out to God. “Lord, if you bring this child out safe and whole, he’s Yours. Do what you will with him – make him a missionary, even.”
God heard her prayer.
I heard this story many times growing up. You see, Mary Lou was my mother, and I was that baby. Even when Alzheimer’s had robbed her mind of most of her memories, that story had so marked her life, that she told it to me, not remembering who I was.
One woman’s prayer over 53 years ago marked an entire family. It marked me, and it has marked our children. Only eternity will reveal how many thousands of lives have been touched through that one woman’s prayer.
When you pray, never let it enter your mind that God won’t hear, or won’t answer. Our prayers have eternal consequences far beyond what we can see in the immediate. She just wanted a healthy child; she got a reward that will last forever. What are you praying for?
- On January 21, 2013
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