Gabi’s Story: The Power of Prayer

Friday, May 24

5.24By R. Keith Lane of Valley Station, Kentucky, USA

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone… so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.

—1 Timothy 2:1–2

The triplets were born seven weeks early. “Gabi” was first, weighing three pounds, five ounces, only one minute before her sister, and two minutes before her brother. She was a little fighter and slowly began to gain weight.

But a week after her birth the nurse noticed symptoms that led to a diagnosis of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Her intestines were breaking down. NEC is the leading cause of death in premature infants and almost always leaves some permanent damage to survivors. The doctor immediately took her off oral feeding because her intestinal tract had not developed fully. Nurses added hefty doses of antibiotics to her IV bottles.

We feared for her life. We asked our prayer group—friends and family from Australia, Oregon, Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia, and Georgia—to pray for Gabi. We held her up to God’s healing light.

A week went by, and we prayed for Gabi every day. The doctor said she thought Gabi might be able to begin normal feeding again. From then on, she has thrived and had no permanent damage. We are grateful for the Blessings of Community, which supported our family through prayer.

Prayer for Peace
Compassionate God, we hold the children of the world up to your healing light. Where there is sadness, let there be joy. Where there is illness, let wholeness thrive. Where there is violence, let us share the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: The Chalice Prayer
The chalice prayer is a form of intercession. Create a cup or chalice with your hands in front of your heart. Open your heart to God’s concern for the Earth and human family as you hold them in your chalice. See beauty and suffering as you lift the chalice and release the creation (open hands) to be blessed and healed by God. Form the chalice again and hold persons who have particular needs—friends, loved ones, even enemies. Lift them and release them for God’s blessing. Place yourself inside the chalice as you confess your deepest needs. Lift and release yourself to God for healing. “Thank you and amen.”

Peace Covenant

Today, God, I will pray without hesitation, as I become aware of needs.

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