We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

A Prayer for a Firefighter

Have you ever felt God’s prompting to pray for someone?

For many years, Paul Grams has worked as a firefighter in Rockford, Illinois. It’s a dangerous profession and he’s come close to death many times in the line of duty.But he’ll never forget one early morning fire that nearly claimed his life and that of two firemen buddies.

“The apartment was filled with dense smoke, so thick you couldn’t see the beam from your own flashlight unless you held it right in front of your face,” Paul recalls.Unfortunately, all three firefighters became disoriented and couldn’t find an exit. And their oxygen tanks were likely to run out of air at any moment.

Meanwhile, across town, a family friend named Sherry awoke at 1:00 am, sensing that she was supposed to pray for someone in trouble. During her prayer, she thought of three people in a dark room who were frantically searching for something. This frightening thought only convinced her to pray more earnestly.

Paul Grams is so thankful she did. “I know Sherry was prompted by God that night to enable her to pray for us in the midst of a very desperate situation,” he says. Thanks to her prayers, none of us panicked. By the grace of God, I am alive to tell the story.”

Oh that God’s servants would learn to pray

That others might learn to see their way,

For then there would be more battles won

As God’s servants hear and quickly run

To join the battle, lives to shield,

Appealing to God, His power to wield.

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous person can accomplish much” (James 5:16b).

Published in: on February 19, 2011 at 4:07 am  Leave a Comment  

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