Summary: This article by CH (CPT) Satterfield, USA, was printed in the March 9, 2009 edition of The Mountaineer, the Ft. Carson, CO newspaper
The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide
movement of Christians of many traditions
who come together to observe a common day
of prayer the first Friday of March and who
have a continuing relationship in service.
The day is initiated and carried out by people
in more than 170 countries and regions.
It brings together people of various races,
cultures and traditions in closer fellowship,
understanding and action throughout the year.
I will share a story from my past that
shows the power of prayer. I lived on the mercy
ship Anastasis for a year (http://www.mercyships.
org), the world’s largest nongovernmental
organization hospital ship. Dr. Gary Parker was
a surgeon on the ship who did free surgeries.
In 1992, when Parker saw 4-year-old
Bienvenu at the screening in Cote D’Ivoire
in west Africa, the firm rubbery tumor on the
left side of his face had grown to the size of
a small fist. Bienvenu came to the ship and.
Parker prayed for him, well aware the tumor
might be incurable. A small biopsy was taken
for identification by a local pathologist and
the tiny cut given two stitches.
When Bienvenu returned for a checkup,
Parker did not recognize him. The tumor was
gone. His only indication that it was Bienvenu
was that his mother excitedly pointed to her
son. In amazement, as he examined Bienvenu,
Parker found only a slight swelling where the
tumor had been. Two more visits during the
next five weeks showed no reappearance
of the tumor. Parker concluded that Bienvenu’s
recovery was no less than miraculous.
What makes this story real to me is I know
Parker and I saw Bienvenu, so I know that God
still heals today. Isaiah 53:5 states “But he was
pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed
for our iniquities; the punishment that brought
us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds
we are healed.” Mark 16:18 says “they will lay
hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
I encourage people to use the CATS
acronym. We need to:
C onfess our sins to God.
A dore the Lord for who he is.
T hank God for what he’s done for us, and
S upplicate (old English word for ask) the
Lord to help us.
I have also heard that faith is spelled
“r-i-s-k.” We, as believers, need to step
out in faith and take some chances. When
I meet with people and hear about sickness
or other concerns in their life, I offer to
pray for them. I encourage you to take some
risks as well this World Day of Prayer —
for Christ and country.