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Greater Than Guns: Let the War Begin

By Fran Caffey Sandin

“Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do that the father may be glorified in the Son.”
                                                            John 14: 13

Jerry and Brenda, married more than 50 years, were enjoying a quiet evening at home when Brenda began having chest pain. When the Nitroglycerine tablets failed to relieve her, she and Jerry decided it was time to go to the Emergency Room. Brenda didn’t really want to go because it was about 3:00 p.m. on New Year’s Day. But when she reached down to fasten the strap on her sandal and Jerry heard her scream with intense pain, he said, “Let’s go!” She was ready.

He called ahead to the E.R. to say, “Heart patient is on the way.” When they arrived, Brenda was evaluated quickly. It just “so happened” the interventional cardiologist, Dr. Hassan, had driven from Dallas to Greenville to check on a few hospital patients that holiday afternoon. When the E.R. staff recognized Brenda’s urgent condition, they contacted Dr. Hassan who was in the building, and within one hour, he and his staff, had Brenda on the cath lab table. After the procedure of placing two stents, Dr. Hassan said the blockage in her main artery was so severe that she could not have survived any longer. His comment: “I think you had a reason to live.”

More than coincidence? Dr. Hassan was in Greenville, at the hospital, not at his Dallas home. His nursing staff off for the day arrived quickly to help, even though one nurse brought her young daughter, and the nurses at the station took care of her while her mom worked in the cath lab. The procedure was successful, and Brenda tolerated it well. Today she is free of pain. Why did Brenda survive? A few months later, Jerry and Brenda attended a wedding and saw a couple they knew several years before. Mark was amazed and he told them about a dream he had—probably the night before Brenda’s stent placement.

He said, “I woke up in the middle of the night during a dream about Brenda, although I had not seen her for a long time. Brenda Speight was dying! I awoke with a feeling of heaviness in my chest as though someone was pounding on it and yelling, PRAY! It was so urgent I rolled out of bed, knelt, and earnestly prayed for Brenda and Jerry. During breakfast I told my wife, Jade, and daughter, Skye, about the unusual dream and prayer, but then I went to work and didn’t think more about it until Jade read about Brenda’s situation from Jerry’s Facebook post.”

Mark said he knew that happenstance occurs, but this was more. In considering the severity of Brenda’s situation, Jerry, Brenda, and Mark believe his prayer could have saved her life. Billy Graham wrote, “Very few of us have learned how to fully develop the power of prayer. We have not yet learned that a man or woman is more powerful when they are in prayer than when they are behind the most powerful guns we have developed.” Mark had a right to pray in faith believing because he is a child of God. He offered his prayer from an obedient heart, having surrendered his will. Also, he prayed in Jesus’ name, our advocate before the Father. He prayed for God’s glory. For the believer, our most powerful weapon against Satan is prayer. Let’s pray!

Dear Father, help us remember that unseen spiritual battles occur in the heavenlies. Let prayer be our first response and let us, like Mark, pray for one another. In Jesus’ name, Amen.