Ask in Prayer for Tender Mercies
Since I openly revealed my health crisis, people are praying for me.
They’ve told me. In conversation. In text messages. In phone calls. In emails.
They’ve said their children have prayed for “Aunt Teresa” or their congregation is praying for me. Or that they’ve been to the temple to pray and add my name to the prayer roll. Multiple times a day, faith-filled prayers have been offered for me.
And on Sunday, May 4, our family and anyone who wants to join us will seek heaven’s help in a day of fasting and prayer.
To fast is to go without food and drink voluntarily for a certain period of time. Fasting combined with sincere prayer can strengthen us spiritually, bring us closer to God, and help us prepare ourselves and others to receive His blessings. lds.org
Sometimes I feel a bit greedy receiving these prayers. So many others suffer, and I don’t feel like this is any more important than their healing. But I do understand God’s grace and His goodness is not limited.
And I’m adjusting to the idea that I need and want those prayers. Because I believe in the power of prayer. And I will take as many voices raised to our Father in Heaven as you want to offer.
Because I’ve felt them.
I don’t know what specifically all of these prayers are asking. For my health, for a good recovery, for the doctors’ skill and knowledge, for good results, for comfort. I’m sure it is a combination of things.
But here’s how I draw upon these prayers.
When I pray, I acknowledge you, all of you who know me and those who don’t who have applied their faith to pray for me. I give thanks for you and your love and support. And then I look at the needs I have today or the specifics concerns I’m contemplating. And I ask that your prayers and faith might be applied to these circumstances or instances.
What do I mean?
I mean I pray for those tender mercies I specifically need and want. And because you’ve already prayed for me, I believe it’s your prayers and my need, through Christ’s name, that they come.
It’s happened. Like that. No questions asked. With some individualized and day-to-day mercies. I don’t waste that faith on chocolate (although there’s been some good offers); I apply it to the real needs I have and ask for what I specifically need, without reservation.
Today the surgeon’s scheduler called with the next surgery date: May 9.
We expected it to be a month out. So, we bought a ticket for our daughter to come home from college and spend her birthday and Mother’s Day with us. She arrives May 7.
So I asked, Is there another possible date, maybe the next week.
No, she said, not really. The ones she mentioned all had other concerns. Surgeons and operating rooms don’t have very flexible schedules.
Maybe we could try to find another one, I said. And I told her why.
She talked through some other possibilities, and she said she’d check.
I said two prayers. One quick short one before I called my husband. And a second longer, kneeling, pleading one, asking for this one specific tender mercy.
Not long after, she called back with this news: May 16 is my next surgery date.
That’s sooner than expected but gives us time to enjoy some good family togetherness. And I can be home before my birthday.
That is your faith and mine. Applied. Together.
But these are not just for me. As I sad, His grace is not limited. You can ask, too, for those tender mercies. And you will receive.
How do I know? I’m praying for you, too.