If you're like me you wonder how prayer works. When you see it work you wonder why it works. Was it the number of people who prayed? Was it the agreement among those who prayed? Or the quality of faith in those who prayed? Was it the “effectual fervency” of those who prayed? Does having specific information help you pray more effectively? Or does the person you are praying for have a role? Perhaps all or some of the above apply to each situation.
Does it help to have information about the situation? Sometimes Jesus asked a question but most of the time He seems to have simply commanded, cast out, spoke or just healed. For me, I always pray better with a target and if I don't know the person I ask for a picture. Somehow it makes the situation more human and I can pray with more empathy or compassion.
Here is as update from Rush on his situation:
The first four weeks we were all feeling great because they warned us that the side effects of this drug could be pretty bad. Normal things like nausea, vomiting, fatigue, none of that happened to me. So the first four weeks went by, we’re kicking butt, we’re thinking this was great. And we have some indications that it’s working as well.
Well, late last week I began to find it very difficult to walk. My muscles in both legs, from the waist down, began to retain fluid and swell up incredibly to the point that ten days ago, Monday of last week when we were away for treatment, I could barely walk in the hotel room and needed a wheelchair to get where I was going. I kept taking the chemo drugs, thinking that it would be something that I could get past. I didn’t get past it and developed fevers of 102 to 103, which were also part of the list of side effects that could happen.
The point is, after about five weeks on this stuff, it all just hit me. And all of last week I was unable to get out of bed. Primarily because I couldn’t walk. The degree of pain and the swelling in both joints and legs — and I’ll give you an idea of the pain. ‘Cause they asked me to describe it. I said, “Imagine you have been sedentary for a year and then one day you go to the gym or you go practice football or you do a two-hour, strenuous workout. You know how you feel the next day, your muscles are filled up with lactic acid, you can barely move?” I said, “That’s what it’s like times five for me.”
“Oh, okay,” and they start writing it down, making notes. But I was not given anything for it. We just kept going with the treatment hoping that it would be something my system would metabolize and move beyond, but it didn’t. So it got bad enough on — losing track of the days here. I guess it got bad enough last Monday or whatever that we had to pull the treatment. We had to pull the treatment, and it was going to be just temporary for a week or two to see what would happen. I’m now taking drugs, steroids, to reverse the effects of the chemo drug.
LANCE: I feel like we need to do a corporate prayer meeting for Rush.
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