Like A Shot Of Morphine

Published on 27 April 2011 by in Encouragement


“At that time men began to call on the name of the Lord” (Gen 4:26, NIV).

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:6-7, NIV).

2 ml of morphine brought the 150-beat-per-minute heart rate down to 50–70 within five minutes. “This will protect your heart from damage and decrease the pain,” the nurse told my mother-in-law, who was taken by ambulance Easter Sunday to the hospital. It was an atrial fibrillation and we all thought it was a heart attack.

Our hearts were beating faster as we called on others to pray, especially during the initial traumatizing moments. Prayers were ignited and united, precious people came by our sides, and quickly a peace was injected and released that literally calmed and protected hearts and nerves, easing the pain of uncertainty!

I couldn’t help but compare how prayer in this circumstance was like that shot of morphine. Yea God! There was no damage to Mom’s heart, and peace took over.

A desperate cry is a prayer that God hears and will answer. A prayer united in agreement is a powerful dosage. So what has your heart beating faster? Who do you call on to pray in your crisis and need? Have you considered how your prayers inject God’s peace for others? Who or what needs a shot?

“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how, or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good (Rom 8:26-28, The Message).

You LORD, are PEACE! You are gloriously strong, holy in splendor and our Great God and King. You not only see our state of mind and heart, but you teach us how to cry out to you. You respond by making your presence known and work all things together for good as we trust you – no matter the circumstance.

Remind us how prayer is good for the heart and forgive us for our prayerlessness. In Jesus name we ask, Amen.

©2011 Dr Karen Braun

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