Power of Prayer
Biblical Priority #6 - Love One Another
by Suzie M.
the middle of the night. I wake up with my heart pounding so hard and fast it
feels like it will come out of my chest.
I am sweating. My chest is tight. I feel faint and sick. What is happening? Am I having a heart attack? No, I am having an anxiety attack, also known
as a panic attack.
began having anxiety attacks about 13 years ago when my parents separated and
filed for a divorce. It took a couple of
months, but the attacks subsided. Then,
this past spring, anxiety reared its ugly head again. Only this time, the attacks were becoming
more frequent. One night, I went to a
prayer room that a friend had recommended.
It was amazing! The most powerful
prayers I had ever heard were being prayed over me! I slept so well that night. I thought I was
finally free of the anxiety. Not
so. A couple of months later, I experienced
the worst anxiety yet. The attacks were
becoming more frequent and I was almost passing out, sometimes while driving. I
had it during the night and during the day; I was constantly experiencing
anxiety. As I cried out to the Lord,
trying to figure out the reason behind the attacks, He showed me several
things. At the prayer room, it became
clear that my fears were controlling me. My fear was where my faith should have
been. So again, I went back to deal with
my “fears”. God showed me that I was
not trusting Him in many areas of my life.
I am a control freak and trusting anyone is not my MO. I have been hurt by so many people in my
life. I had built up a wall that would require an army to bring it down. Thank goodness our Father in Heaven is the
Lord of Heaven’s Armies! This was what I needed. You see, Satan knows exactly where my weakest
points are, and he knows yours as well.
There is a major spiritual warfare going on for you and me. We have to use the power of prayer
to fight this battle.
particular night, during an attack, I considered calling 911. Instead, my
precious husband talked me out of it and prayed with me. We prayed together and
the attack stopped almost instantly. A
couple of nights later, another bad attack occurred, only this time I didn’t
want to wake my husband. (I was trying
to do things in my own strength again.)
However, I cried out to my Jesus in a way I had never done before. I literally lifted my hand and asked Him to
hold it and I prayed to Him in desperation.
I prayed several Psalms back to Him and instantly the attack
stopped. I could hardly believe it! I don’t know why He amazes me so! The next Sunday at church, our pastor invited
anyone who needed prayer to come forward.
My heart was pounding. I knew I
needed to go, but I didn’t want to. What
would people think? I talked myself out
of it. The following Sunday, our pastor
said the same thing. My heart was
pounding again. This time I went down
for prayer. It was so wonderful! Our sweet executive pastor talked with me. I
told him what had been going on, and he prayed for me. It was a great day! I felt God’s grace and peace over me all day
and throughout the week. I was so
thankful for his prayers; I kept thanking God.
know I am not alone. I know there are many women who deal with anxiety. I have been in a thankful spirit for all the
people who have prayed for me throughout these past months. I started thinking
about how we don’t even come close to tapping into the true power
allow another person the privilege to pray for you. God wants us to pray for one another, in
thanksgiving and for ALL things. Your
pastors want to be praying for you too.
Please don’t try to handle your problems by yourself. We were created not only to worship God, but
to be the body of Christ. We are to pray
for one another. If you need prayer, you
will feel better to let someone else help you carry that burden. If you are praying for another, you are
blessed! You will truly be thankful for
another person when you are praying for them or when they are praying for
be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace
of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your
minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians
CHALLENGE: Let someone
pray for you today. Go see your pastor,
a godly woman, or email us at email@example.com. Let us know specifically how we may pray for