If God died, would you still believe in prayer? A famous pastor received a phone call in the middle of the day from his oldest daughter’s school. His daughter had fractured one of the vertebrae in her back during a cheerleading accident. Then she lost all of the feeling in her legs and arms.

As the pastor rushed to the school, he prayed aloud for God to touch his daughter, to give him strength, and to provide skill and wisdom for the paramedics. The words had scarcely left his lips when he began to feel the calming presence of God. The panic he normally would have felt in this situation disappeared. When he saw his daughter on a stretcher in a neck brace, he was able to calmly whisper, “I’m here with you, Sweetheart. So is our Lord. No matter what happens, we’ll make it through this together. I love you . . . .”

The next days were filled with uncertainty for the pastor and his wife as they waited to see their daughter’s fate, but God continued to answer the pastor’s prayer for strength. Their daughter eventually made a full recovery.

If God had died, this pastor would not have bothered to pray for special strength in his difficulty. Where would he find the strength he needed? The best any person could do brought no guarantee that his daughter would be okay. All of his hopes for her recovery would rest upon chance and fate.

But the pastor knew that God is alive, well, and in control. This led him to share his worries and fears about his daughter’s condition with God. When he prayed, God came through. He gave the pastor peace in the middle of his crisis. He healed his daughter. And He gave us an example of the power of prayer. Instead of living in panic and fear as though God is dead, share your burdens with Him through prayer. He is alive. Trust that He hears you in your trials.


Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder

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