Yesterday I was finishing reading “I Dared to Call Him Father” by Bilquis Sheikh. This is the powerful true story of a prominent Muslim woman who comes to faith in Christ and risks everything to follow Him. When I read this passage, I couldn’t wait to share it with you all:
“Dreams, too, played a remarkable role during that time. Dreams had always been a part of my Christian experience, ever since the day I first met Jesus, who came in a dream to feast at the table with me. Now these strange and mystic experiences, such as Paul said he experienced, became even more active.
One night I found myself taken out in spirit and crossing the ocean at a terrific momentum. Like the speed of light I came to what I felt was New England, though I had never been to America. I came before a house, or was it a nursing home? I floated into a room with twin beds. In one lay a middle-aged woman with a round face, clear blue eyes and a mixture of gray and white short hair. A white embossed cotton spread in a triangular pattern covered the bed. She was obvoiusly very ill; I sensed she had cancer. A nurse sat in a chair reading. And then I saw my Lord in the corner of the room. I kneeled down before Him and asked what I should do.
‘Pray for her,’ He said. So I went to the woman’s bed and prayed fervently for her healing.
In the morning I sat at my windowsill awed by what had happened in that room across the sea. Why did Jesus ask me to pray for the woman? He was right there. Yet He asked me to pray for her. I was beginning to get a glimmer of a tremendous revelation. Our prayers are vital to our Lord. He works through them. I was led to the fifth chapter of James: Believing prayer will save the sick man; the Lord will restore him and any sins that he has committed will be forgiven…Tremendous power is made available through a good man’s earnest prayer…
Thus our prayer releases this power into the person for whom we plead.”
I’ll let that speak for itself my brothers and sisters.