The power of prayer

The power of prayer

"Earlier this month my husband and I planned a day out together exploring the countryside in a neighbouring county.

This involved quite a lot of driving particularly on busy roads and motorways.

As we left a very clear thought came to me to pray for safety and harmony on the roads. I quietly acknowledged that God was guiding and guarding everyone driving that day. We were all under His control and His direction. This word ‘direction’ reminded me of these words in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, wrote this book.

‘Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, and we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God's unerring direction and thus bring out harmony." (page 425)

I affirmed that we would only witness qualities of patience, consideration, obedience and alertness from our fellow drivers and indeed this is exactly what we did experience. It was a happy day out.

That evening my brother called. It was unusually late for him to call and I answered ‘Hi, how are you?’

His reply somewhat startled me as he said he was glad he was safe and well. He went onto to explain that earlier that evening as he was driving home from work a car swerved off the other side of the road hitting his car forcefully on the front wing, just missing the driver’s door. The impact was so severe that his entire front wheel and the steering mechanism were found further down the road.


The other car was in a hedge but the driver and her six-year-old passenger were unharmed as was my brother. The emergency services were quickly in attendance and dealt with the situation with their usual professionalism and care. The driver was breathalysed and found to be over the alcholol limit to be driving. Her young passenger who was in the front seat of the car was, according to the police, not appropriately secured in a child’s car seat and it would seem that the air bags had saved him.

The insurers have written off my brother’s car and arrangements are being made for him to purchase a replacement. He has had no physical after effects that the paramedics had warned him about and he is extremely grateful for all the love, care and consideration that was shown to him that evening.

This experience really illustrated to be how universal and far reaching our prayers are! This time I knew my prayers in the morning had helped to protect my brother and everyone else that evening but often we don’t know who is benefiting from them.

We can be confident, however, that our daily prayers for our family, our friends and ourselves also include a much wider community – the world.

I am so grateful to be able to share this experience that illustrates so clearly ‘in Him we live and move and have our being’ (Acts 17:28)"


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