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The Prayer Chain

July 7, 2014
by Vena Poole   —   Audio controls are below the devotional to listen to this devotional or to hymn music while you read

John 17:17,20 – Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word. (KJV)

During my growing-up years, Christianity was an integral part of my lifestyle. Very soon after I met the young man who was to become my husband, I was taken to his family home to be introduced to his loved ones. I quickly learned that the expression of Christianity that I was accustomed to was perhaps a little less exuberant than theirs, which appeared to include every aspect of their daily living. At any rate, I immediately became aware that I did not possess their joy.

It was their approach to prayer that opened a door of revelation which I had never experienced before. Following the evening meal, it was their custom to have a family altar. We all knelt down before our chairs, forming a circle around the table — indeed, a spiritual link in the chain of prayer. Many strangers, friends, and loved ones were prayed for regarding their many needs. It was some years later that my husband told me of his family's prayers on my behalf about my heavy smoking habit. A number of times, I had tried to stop without any positive results. I believe that my being able to overcome the habit successfully was due to the direct result of prayer.

Today, there are very few remaining prayer participants who were present during those early experiences that I shared with the Poole family. Regardless of their absence, the essence of those prayers lingers in my mind and, indeed, have become part of my Christian experience. I believe that I am spiritually richer because of their approach to prayer.

Regardless, the great and final link in the chain of prayer is Jesus, our Mediator, the One Who promised, "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word." In reading this promise, I am overjoyed that these words of Jesus include you and me, and that at this very moment, Jesus is representing us in prayer before His heavenly Father. What a tremendous source of strength enfolds us in whatever serious situation we may be facing, being assured that we do not face these circumstances alone!

Prayer: Our gracious heavenly Father, we come to You through Your Son, the great link and representative of all our prayers, knowing that nothing can be accomplished without this eternal link. Heavenly Father, help us to remember that our responsibility is to be that special link in the chain of prayer wherever we are on earth, and that all the results are accomplished in heaven by Your Son, Christ Jesus, the final link in the chain. Amen.


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you Vena — a how to also for so many and for writers nest!


    Lovely! Thanks for sharing this devotional. Blessings on your day.


    Very true. Prayer IS powerful.
    Thank you Vena.


    Thank you Vena for sharing this. How easy it is to miss the final link and try to do it alone. Blessings on your week.


    Wonderful testimony and a good reminder Vena.
    God Bless.


    Dear Vena,
    Thank you for sharing your testimony.
    Blessings.


    Thanks Vera for sharing. Sharing is very important, especially about prayer and the affects on our spiritual growth. I was very much in need of a reminder. Blessings.


    Hi my dear
    Also my family was praying for me to quit smoking and it does work, because when I quit doors were opened to me to help me quit. That was over 20 years ago when I quit and haven’t looked back.
    Blessings.


    Dearest Vena!
    Thank you for writing to us.
    I especially appreciated how you wrote about Jesus as the anchor and connector for our prayers to The Father in Heaven.


    Thank you, Vena, for your uplifting Devotional.
    As for smoking, I quit smoking cold turkey and have never smoked since, thank God. Thanks to God again and my healthy lifestyle. In my experience, people who quit smoking usually turn to another vice (like overeating & unhealthy lifestyle) to compensate. I dearly hope you have avoided that temptation and lead a healthy lifestyle, for the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and should not be defiled by gluttony & other vices.
    Blessings.


    Dear Vena:
    Thank you for your wonderful and encouraging words. I too was a heavy smoker for over 40 years. Several years ago I was again sick with chronic bronchitis (COPD). I knew (from our Lord) that I had to go to the hospital to stop smoking. Well the doctor did send me to the hospital for a few days. In that time I could feel Jesus with me during the entire stay. It was so comforting. I wanted to attend a party and I knew there would be a lot of smokers. When I was there I did not crave a smoke, not even once and still do not. People have said how good it is that I quit smoking and how hard I worked at it. My reply is that I did absolutely nothing. Jesus did it all. Praise the Lord!!


    Very well spoken my friend. I well understand the smoking thing which God miraculously delivered me from.

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