The reason I have a website is to share what God has done and is doing in my life.
It was through the prayers of others for me that I was delivered from dying of cancer.
So I want to share today about how I learnt to pray.
Many people of different faiths and nations have some way they express their need for help by calling out to someone beyond themselves.
It was in my search for some power beyond myself that I read about how people got together to pray for sick people and they were healed.
That seemed to me effective results so I enquired if there was anyone in the town where I lived, who prayed together.
At that time here in Northern Ireland there was a religious war going on.
People did not agree and murdered each other.
I went along to a meeting in the home of one of the people who met to pray.
I was warmly welcomed and invited to stay.
There were ladies from different Christian faiths, Church of Ireland, Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist. I was from a Catholic background.
The meeting started with some songs with words that praised and thanked God.
I was comfortable with that.
Then they talked to someone as if the person was there or they knew him very well and asked this person for help with their children or prayed for someone they knew was sick.
They finished their prayers off with the name of Jesus.
Now this was new to me. How did they know this person so well?
Here were these ladies meeting and agreeing in prayer when there was war going on!
The reason they met together was they believed the scripture that says in Matthew 18 v 19
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them”.
They also believed the scripture in Matthew 21 v 22
“ If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
They believed these words and put them into practice.
One can read something in a book but if one does not try it out for themselves it does not become their experience.
If someone tells me about a wonderful holiday in the sun it may cause me to want that experience.
But if I am not willing to book a holiday, pay for it, overcome my fears, then I will not experience the joy of a holiday in the sun.
In the meeting there was no argument about religion, no difference of opinion.
Their focus was to be together to pray to the God they believed in.
These women loved me even though I was a stranger.
I was hooked and continued to attend every week.
More next time.