What a Trip to The ER Is Teaching Me About Praying Intensely

This past week both Morgan and I were battling a cold. She woke up Thursday morning feeling it and felt worse on Friday. By the time Friday night rolled around she was so sick she was having trouble breathing. She had asthma as a child and she felt like she was having an asthma attack. Thankfully, this happened right as I got home from work. We went straight to the emergency room and they got her right in.

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Once they got her on a breathing treatment we thought we were home free. She still felt rough but she was breathing better so we were joking around and hoping to get out of there soon.

Unfortunately she got worse. She had a great deal of stomach pain and pain in general. They gave her some pain medicine and some stomach medication but it didn’t seem to help. The pain medicine did allow her to get some sleep. Once she was sleeping but still in a great deal of pain I sat there not knowing what to do besides pray.

It was the most helpless feeling I have ever experienced. I have never experienced first hand being with someone you love and them being in so much pain. I texted family and friends asking them to pray. I even texted a friend who is currently living in China to make sure people all over the world were praying. My prayers by her bed weren’t pretty. They were basically, “God please help Morgan feel better.” I repeated it over and over.

In Mark Batterson’s book, The Circle Maker, he writes this about prayer:

The viability of our prayers is not contingent on scrabbling the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet into the right combinations like abracadabra. God already knows the last punctuation mark before we pronounce the first syllable. The viability of our prayers has more to do with intensity than vocabulary.”

I prayed intensely. I was praying prayers a 5 year old could pray but the intensity was there. I wasn’t faking it. I was praying hard because my wife was sick and I couldn’t do anything about it.

Thankfully Morgan started feeling better and we were able to leave the ER early Saturday morning just after midnight. She’s feeling better now which makes us very grateful.

I want to pray with the intensity I had Friday night for everything. For blessing in my life, health, and everything else I pray.

I have been praying for several things recently and the intensity I have prayed was nowhere near what I prayed on Friday night. I want to get to that level. I know what that intensity is like now. I challenge you to pray like I did Friday without having to go through the experience.