Would you pray for a total stranger, without being asked to?
Here’s how it happened, for me.
This week, I received an email reply from the secretary of an organisation I was making some enquiries with. I had written in a couple of weeks ago, as the matter was not urgent, I didn’t bother to call up to check. So this email reply is in fact three weeks late.
When I read the first line of the email, something stirred in my heart. It goes ” I’m sorry for the delayed reply as my son was hospitalised.” At that split second, I felt a nudge, but I tried to shove the nudge away with a “self-conversation”, that goes like that:
” Are you sure you want me to do this?… What should I say? Yes I understand her child is sick but how would I know she’s open to it? Who knows her son may have recovered by now so doing this will be redundant right? .. What if she rejects me out right? …”
After a few minutes which seemed like eternity, I resolved:
” All right, if you really want me to do this, you need to give me the words. And if this is really it, let her be the first person to pick up the phone when I call her.”
After this, I picked up my phone and dialed the secretary who sent me the email. The line was connected, a sweet sounding lady answered the phone.
” Hello, may I speak to Jenny please?” I asked
“Yes I am” the lady on the other end replied.
“Oh, Hi Jenny. Thank you for your reply. hmm.. actually I’m calling you not to make further enquiries … hmm … I just feel I need to call you when I saw your email. You don’t have to tell me what happened to your son if you’re not comfortable to but I’d like to pray for your son right now over the phone. It’ll take just a minute, all you need to do is to stay on the line with me and say Amen together with me.”
“Ok” she replied.
So I said a short prayer on the phone with her. There was a short silence after we said ‘Amen’. Then her voice came on again:
“Wow, that means alot to me. Thank you.”
“Well, that’s the purpose of my call today. You have a good day.”
“You too” she replied.
And so we hung up. Here I am, trapped at home (feeling rather useless) due to recuperation needed for my own health issues. Yet I felt joyful that even in the midst of my own health issues, God can use me to pray for someone else’s healing – and more so – a total stranger.
I am constantly amazed by my awesome Heavenly Father.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.