Disability and the Power of Prayer

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 18, 2014
  • 6 Comments
  • Cause 4 Life

Cause for Life intern prayingThe power of prayer is a phrase used regularly throughout the Christian community. Many with disabilities depend on the power of prayer to strengthen them and encourage them on their journey. Some turn to prayer to relieve them of their disability. But when they come to the end of their prayer unchanged, what then? We read that God’s attentive eye sees even the little sparrow that falls from a tree (Matt. 10:29-31). Why then does it seem at times that the Lord is blind to our anguish? When prayers seem to go unanswered, some come to the conclusion that there is no God. They feel He has turned a deaf ear to their desperate petitions. But God promises to be with us each step of the way, even if our prayers for “deliverance” seem to go unheard (Psalm 62:5-8). George Mgoola is a paraplegic living in Malawi. He wasn’t born with his disability, but contracted poliomyelitis as a child, paralyzing him from the waist down. George has lived in a wheelchair for most of his life. Here is his outlook on prayer:

“I discovered prayer is… the oxygen of our spiritual lives. Every time I see someone with a disability, I am reminded of Simon of Cyrene who was forced to carry the cross of Jesus… Look at your disability as the heavy cross and yourself as Simon of Cyrene. Simon did not carry the heavy cross all the way… because Christ had carried it much of the way. Is it not a blessing to partake in carrying the cross with Christ?”

Many have burdens to bear and when we knock at the Lord’s door in prayer, the burden may not be lifted. But as George reminds us, we must seek the blessing in our burden. The power of prayer is in the intimate attention of our God. He is listening and waiting for our petitions. “Today” says George, “I challenge you to take your disability to Christ and see what He will turn it into.”

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Thank you for the reminder, I needed this this morning. God Bless you and all who involved.... Bonnie Western North Carolina
  • June 1, 2014
  • 4:44 a.m.
  • Bonnie
Prayer is a beautiful and amazing expression of the grace in our heart that connects us with God! The first words of my daily prayer are, "Thank You God for the breath of life" because every new day is a blessing from God. Along with grace, a heart full of gratitude keeps you connected with God. God Bless Us All!!!
  • May 31, 2014
  • 1:56 a.m.
  • David Husies
My son Kevin born 33 yrs ago with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. Kevin is a wheelchair user and has very limited ability to verbally express himself. He is the absolute expression of unconditional love in this world that I have ever known. Every day of his life he "makes a new friend". He isn't perfect; has grouchy, noncompliant days but so do we all. Kevin only needs a smile from you and he is your friend forever. I wish icod be more like him....he continues to touch other peoples' lives each day! We will never know how many folks have been inspired by Kevin but that's okay... God knows and Kevin is a part of God's plan.
  • Feb. 20, 2014
  • 6:58 a.m.
  • Linda King
Beautifully said. A reminder we all need.
  • Feb. 19, 2014
  • 8:42 p.m.
  • Christalyn Steers McCrum
It is soo true
  • Feb. 19, 2014
  • 7:50 p.m.
  • sunhee yoon
Thank you for the reminder. Prayer is the oxygen of our spiritual lives." Sometimes we do not receive delivering grace but sustaining grace.
  • Feb. 19, 2014
  • 4:26 p.m.
  • Julie Morgan