Ties that Bind
By Louise Craig
When he signed on to drive a chartered bus across Romania, he knew he was driving a choir of Romanians and Americans. He had no idea his life was about to change.
The first inkling that something was different was when his microphone was commandeered by a couple of the passengers. First there was singing. Interesting that each person sang in the language he (or she) knew best but they all sang, and one could still understand the words.
That was followed by some talk. Sometimes it started in English, sometimes in Romanian, each translated into the other language. Words of hope, encouragement, unity, joy, and sometimes supplication.
Then came prayer. Every day, a specific group or purpose was the focus of prayer. And every day, they prayed for the bus driver — for him!
After a couple of days, he said to one of the Romanians, “I think there is something to this praying business. Every day we have come upon a serious accident that happened just before we got there, or just barely managed to avoid being in a bad accident ourselves. I don’t know how we could be that lucky.”
One day, he received a telephone call. His wife was diagnosed with cancer and it looked bad. He had to finish this tour before he could get home. One of the Romanians noticed his distress and asked him if they could help. He tearfully poured his tale.
When everyone was on the bus, before they took off, they laid their hands on him and the entire bus prayed for him and his wife.
After the tour was over, one of the pastors on the bus asked the driver if he would like to accompany him to his home town to see their doctor. He agreed and brought his wife. They prayed together before the appointment. After examination and some tests, the doctor said he didn’t think she had cancer but something treatable, then proceeded to prescribe a course of treatment.
Today they rejoice that her health is good. And they continue to pray, because they know God hears.
“Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out.”
James 5:13-15 The Message Bible
Pray that not only will you personally experience the power of prayer, but that everyone around you will feel that power and be drawn to its Source.