Friday, March 21, 2008

A Simple Prayer Goes a Long Way

I was reading some blogs during lunch today and I happened upon an interesting story from A Daily Dose of Debbie. She had not been feeling well and her son prayed for her. It reminded of my own son.

When he was about three years old and his sister was five, I was coming down the stairs. I started to slip and grabbed the railing. My arm got caught in a funny position while my body kept going. I thought I broke my arm. I couldn't believe the pain. My son came running up the stairs. I was being very brave and tried not to panic in front of a three year old. I reassured him I was fine.

This was my son Tommy's reaction:

Tommy: "Lisa hurry up, we got to pray!"

My daughter came quickly and both of them laid hands on me. Their prayers were simple and lasted about thirty seconds, but it was enough. I looked at them and thanked them. Now mind you their faith was considerably more than mine at that moment. I was just so proud that my son sprung into action and got his sister to help.

I got up and immediately my arm felt better. There was no bruise (and I tend to bruise very easily). There was no pain or discomfort. I couldn't believe it.

In reading Debbie’s post, a fond memory came to mind. I needed to remember that today. I needed to remember the goodness of God and how a simple prayer goes a long way.

© Nadine Z. 2008

38 comments:

Tom Zawacki said...

Oh the power of childlike faith, we need to remember & hold on to that story, thanks for the reminder.

I love you,
Tom

Tonya said...

That is so sweet. I love when my kids think to pray in times of trouble.

Erin said...

How sweet. Their faith is so inspiring!

SaraLynn said...

what great memory! thanks for sharing it with all of us

elizabeth embracing life said...

I how God used our children to build a great faith. In our home we call these faith building moments. What a great example to your young children you must have been that not only would they react with prayer but lay hands on you. Very dear and precious. Got me thinking...mine would call 911.

Demara said...

WOW! That is a great story of faith Nadine. I accepted Jesus into my "tummy" when I was three, so I know that a three year old definitely knows or can know rather who Jesus is in a very real way. Thanks for the encouragement!

Valarie said...

I believe that is one of the best Good Friday post I have read. It made me think about how Jesus died for us so that we would be saved, and would have that bridge filled in to be able to communicate directly to God.

jennifer said...

Hi Nadine. This story was amazing. Your children, such an early age to recognize the power of prayer. You have done a wonderful job raising them for the Lord.

Jennifer

It's All Good! said...

I love it when our kiddos pray for us. So sincere and real!
Happy Easter!

palmtreefanatic said...

That was beautiful Nadine!
How sweet!

Scarlet said...

That's an awesome story! The faith of your little kids is something to share and remember. (I'm sure they're not that little anymore.)

Have a wonderful Easter!

Art said...

Prayer works wonders in a variety of ways... thank God!

CC said...

that is an awesome story!

Kwana said...

Thanks for sharing Nadine and thanks for coming to my blog today. It was a great story and perfect for the day before Easter.

eph2810 said...

Isn't it funny how God reminds us off events that happened years ago when we need them. How sweet that your little ones prayed over you that day :)

Thank you for sharing.

Rhonda said...

Oh, the faith of a child. If only our faith could be so immediate and unwaivering.

Certainly a story that you'll want to remember.

Have a wonderful Easter!!

Demara said...

I can't believe it Nadine! I was just reading an interview over at: 5 4 Mom
The lady's name is "Yours Truly B" from "Honeysuckle Thoughts" and you know when I went to comment you were there!!! haha You were the only one who had commented. I thought that so neat and had to tell you. (I commented under you, and talked about you too, just so you know.)

TheChinaPainter said...

What a precious story - the faith of a child. Jesus talked about their faith and we are to come to him as a child, believing Him/in Him and never doubting.
Thanks for coming to my blog and for your kind compliment.

Amber said...

What sweet stories...and sweet reminders on the importance of child-like faith and the power of prayer!

A Woman Who is: said...

Tommy is the man! Even as a little boy, gotta love that guy. I know you must be missing him this weekend. Blessing my dear.

Jen(n) said...

Happy Easter Nadine!!!

Debbie said...

Thanks Nadine for that story. It's so true, the faith our little ones have. My voice is now back, a little scratchy but it's back. Now if my husband could get better. Thanks for visiting my site and I love reading yours. It's nice to have meet some great people out there. Happy Easter

Debbie said...

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Knitting Mania said...

Happy Easter, great post on prayer Nadine....

Oh I had to chuckle at your last comment Nadine..actually I beat Cindy on that post, funny how we both were on the same page that morning with our little "Eden bunny", and we hadn't talked about it yet at that time...that's why we're sisters, we think alike at times.

Blessings...

Dawn said...

That is a wonderful story! From the mouths of babes!

Toby Parsons said...

Oh, the power of prayer and child 'like' faith. :)

Re: your Vancouver post, my husband and I went there several years ago for an extended weekend getaway. We had the very best time there. We still talk about it! :)

I hope your Easter was very blessed!!! :)

Karolee said...

They obviously had some great examples from you and Tom.

Louise said...

That is awesome. Since my kids have been able to talk I have taught them a simple prayer from sunday school...'Pain Go, Healing Flow, In Jesus Name AMEN' sounded more like 'pay go, he fo, jsus nem, AMEN'.
Gotta love child like faith!!

yours truly B said...

my kids pray for me sometimes and it amazes me that they simply Trust that God will do what they ask and don't bat an eye when asking
Billie

chelle said...

aww what a sweet memory!

Cherrye said...

Oh, Nadine, that is precious. I can just imagine your little baby...

SaraLynn said...

Nadine,
I tagged you for a book meme today. Hope you have a chance to play;)

Shionge said...

This is so wonderful Nadine and I bet it certainly brought back fond memories to you, I've enjoyed this and thank you for sharing :D

Kristen Andrews said...

That is so sweet. Children are amazing aren't they!

Tammy said...

Beautiful story, Nadine! And a great reminder that God listens to the prayers of faith of children!

My girls - and especially my youngest who is five- will pray like that, too, and it really blesses me!

Hope you had a wonderful Easter!
~Tammy

jennifer said...

Thank you for coming by and sharing today. It meant a lot to me.

Jennifer

Jules said...

That was a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing.

The Edwards said...

I also love when my kids pray in times of trouble. When Molly was very sick a few years back I seen faith like know other. Madison, Mac and many kids from pre-school thier hearts are so true and clear
--ALL your post have really touch me THANK YOU sooooo MUCH! MY eyes are filled with joy...God is so good to US!