December 02, 2011

Heartfelt Prayer

Last night after dinner we had our family devotions. It’s always a bit of a challenge to get two teenagers and a 7 year old to focus on the same thought for 10 minutes. There’s the age difference, there’s the difference in level of knowledge, and there’s this little thing called attention span. So we made it through, finished our thoughts, and I gave a little challenge.

We always close in prayer together. Sometimes I pray, but I like to give the kids a chance to pray as well. I hadn’t asked Garren in a while, so I said “Garren, will you pray tonight?”

He said “Yes.” He started to bow his head, then he paused, looked back up, and said, “Wait, I need prayer requests. Kara, what’s your prayer request?” She was caught off guard, so he looked at me. “Dad?”
I said “You can pray about your doctors appointments tomorrow. And we have a praise, that your nursing got extended.”
He looked at Kelsey. She said “Pray for Uncle Hu. He’s in the hospital, pray that he feels better.”
Then Garren asked Nancy for a prayer request. She said “Pray for Nanna, she just had surgery today. She’s a little sore.”
Back to Kara. She said “Pray for the boy, Alex, who is in the hospital with the brain injury.”

Garren went back around, trying to remember each of the requests, then he folded his hands, and as he bowed his head he said “I hope I can remember all those.”

Then I heard one of the most heartfelt prayers I’ve ever heard. Garren prayed from his heart, directly to God. He meant every word. He wasn’t embarrassed or ashamed. It wasn’t forced, it wasn’t a copy of what he’d heard before.

“Dear Lord,

I pray for Alex in the hospital. 
Help him to get better quickly.

I pray for my doctors appointments tomorrow. 
I pray for my swallow test, I hope it goes well. 
And Lord I praise you that my nursing got extended. 
It’s such a blessing because my mom and dad can get some sleep.

I pray for Nanna and Grandma and Grandpa. 
I hope she feels better soon.

I pray for Uncle Hu, and Aunt Sherril. 
I pray that he feels better and can move from ICU soon. 

And I pray for Aunt Sue. 
She has surgery on Friday. 
Let the surgery help her so she doesn’t have to deal with it anymore.

In Jesus name, 

Nancy and I were blown away. We were so in awe, and completely amazed at how genuine his prayer was. It was refreshing and exciting to be a part of. I look forward to many more.


Anonymous said...

Garren, you truly are a breath of fresh air. While reading this update, it's not hard to envision a light that shines so brightly by your prayer. You are by far, a blessing to each and every person that has the privilege of knowing you. We continue to pray for you to swallow. This is our constant prayer. We love you all and miss seeing you each week, but you are always with us and never will we cease to pray for you.
Philippians 1:2-6

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. God is so good and I am so thankful for what He is doing in and through Garren. What an amazing testimony of grace!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for that prayer Garren! I just wanted to let you know that God is listening. Here's what Alex's dad (Mark) wrote this morning:

"In rehab now. Got to eat his mash taters!!! Got to drink apple juice too. He is moving pretty quick in his recovery. Still not fully awake, but can hold a descent conversation. A miracle taking place before my eyes. Thank you Lord!"

For about the 100th time in the last ten months, you have once again brought tears to my eyes. I'm so incredibly proud of you, and your faith just continues to amaze me. We still pray for you everyday, and as I promised your mom and dad in February, that won't stop until they tell us otherwise. Thank you for continuing to be my inspiration and thank you for remembering Alex.

Karen Sisk

Anonymous said...

Wow, he could have complained..he could have asked his God, "why, me?" He could have asked for healing for himself...he could have...but, he, asked for others...what a guy...however, we can pray for him, and ask God for healing for him...and, Garren, I & prayers, Sandy & Russ