The Power of Prayer

Contributed by Scott Laney

My family’s life is a portrait of God’s healing love and the power of prayer.

Two years ago, as I walked to a gas station early on a dark winter morning, I was struck by a passing vehicle going 60 mph.

I immediately died and was dead for at least 30 minutes. I found myself at Heaven’s gates and then returning to a broken body with only Jesus at my side. He carried me into the ambulance and stayed with me while I witnessed His healing power and love, resurrecting me back from the dead. My body was broken.

I had broken legs, a broken skull and a broken arm. My first physical therapist informed me I wouldn’t walk for 2-5 years. Because of Gods love and mercy, the prayers for my recovery were answered and I walked in less than 1 year. Because of God’s love and healing power, I am alive and well today and can spread His word and witness to others who may not know Him.

My grandmother had a heart that was dying and unable to beat for itself. Every step was difficult, every breath was a struggle.  With the wisdom God has given to our doctors, she would survive with a pacemaker. Our family’s prayers were again answered and she is now living a healthy life, able to walk and breathe. Thank you Father.

My mother has suffered her entire life with asthma. After I started praying for her eyesight and her asthma to improve, they both showed a marked improvement. I can only say, prayers are answered but we do need to ask our Father in Heaven and pray for those in need.

Addiction was a futile battle for my father. It raged through his life destroying his marriage to my mother and any other relationship that was in its way, including ours. By the grace of God and through the power of prayer, he overcame that 35-year demon in his life. He has been sober for 5 months now. Only God can perform a miracle such as this. A true testament to the power of prayer.

One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. It can come in the form of a dream. My mother had such an experience. She awoke from a prophetic dream that my sister was going to have a baby girl. One week later, my sister had confirmed that she indeed was having a baby girl.

Whether it is resurrection, spiritual gifts such as prophesy or healing, God is there for us all the time, every minute, every second. Just remember to pray and keep yourself close to Him.

Do not lean on your own understanding but trust in Him with all your heart. Proverbs 3:5.