Monday, March 16, 2009


I believe in the power of Prayer. I believe that prayers are not only answered, but rejoiced over. I believe that prayer can change lives and alter people forever. Here is a wonderful quote and story on prayer that I read today, and thought I'd share.

Posted: 16 Mar 2009 01:00 AM PDT
“Family prayer is a powerful and sustaining influence. During the dark days of World War II, a 500-pound bomb fell outside the little home of Brother Patey, a young father in Liverpool, England, but the bomb did not go off. His wife had died, so he was rearing his five children alone. He gathered them together at this very anxious time for family prayer. They ‘all prayed . . . earnestly and when they had finished praying, the children said: “Daddy, we will be all right. We will be all right in our home tonight.”“ ‘And so they went to bed, imagine, with that terrific bomb lying just outside the door half submerged in the ground. If it had gone off it would have destroyed probably forty or fifty houses and killed two or three hundred people. . . . “ ‘The next morning the . . . whole neighborhood was removed for forty-eight hours and the bomb was finally taken away. . . . “ ‘On the way back Brother Patey asked the foreman of the A. R. P. Squad: “Well, what did you find?”“ ‘ “Mr. Patey, we got at the bomb outside of your door and found it ready to explode at any moment. There was nothing wrong with it. We are puzzled why it did not go off” ’ (Andre K. Anastasiou, in Conference Report, Oct. 1946, 26). Miraculous things happen when families pray together.”
James E. Faust, “The Lifeline of Prayer,” Liahona, July 2002, 68

Prayer can brighten up anyone's day. It can be a mode of meditation, and silent thanksgiving, or a joyous song of love.

How has prayer changed your life?


Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

At one time in my life, prayer carried me even though I could not see it at the time. It is such a blessing to be able to look back at times in your life and see the prayers that went up and how they were answered.

Thank you so much for this post today.

Eli's Lids said...

Amen sister!! Just studying James and in chapter 5 it talks about prayer in a way that just hit home for my hubby and I. Covering our children, family, friends, community and country in prayer has become a daily blessing!