Prayer Changes Things

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Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalms 124:8 NASB

“I just don’t know where to turn.”

A lady whose husband had Alzheimer Disease struggled to contain her tears.
“I’m overwhelmed because I never thought I’d be in this position. He was the strong one,” she continued.

While caring for someone with dementia, our load is heavy. Maybe the loved one’s illness is putting a financial strain on the family. Lost income can devastate a spouse if the patient is the primary breadwinner. It’s worse when the caregiver must quit work leaving little or no money for outside aid.

Even if both spouses are retirees, there may be unaffordable expenses for doctor visits, medication, memory care, in-home help, or a nursing home. Without long-term care insurance, we’re unprepared for the added costs.

While most of us lack long-term insurance, there’s good news. Financial aid could be available through Social Security or the Veterans Administration. My father’s military service during a conflict makes my mother eligible for a program called “Aid-and-Assistance.” Social Security helps disabled, working-age people, and an employer may offer disability compensation for employees. Also, life insurance may allow for the withdrawal of funds before death for medical expenses.

I’m thankful my mother has insurance, which partially relieves the burden of caring for her. However, the policy, like most, only pays part of the costs.
But what if we don’t have a source of subsidy? I suggest prayer, no matter how difficult our condition. Pray and ask God for guidance and a lending hand. Consider this scripture:

“Return and say to Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘Thus sayeth the LORD, the God of your father David, I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears.’” 2 Kings 20:5 NASB

What a thought! God hears our petitions and sees our wet cheeks. He interprets our weeping when we turn our faces to heaven — even when we don’t know what to say. I’m sure he sympathizes with our distress. Christ said God is like an earthly father who wants to give gifts to His children. It could be, God doesn’t deliver gifts because we don’t ask. The song What a Friend We Have in Jesus describes it this way:

What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O What peace we often forfeit, O What needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Text by Joseph M. Scriven 1820-1886. Music by Charles C Converse 1832-1918
What a Friend We Have in Jesus is in the Public Domain

The older saints of the church say, “Prayer changes things.” They’ve found by trial and error how faithful God is to those who pray. By testing him, we can learn the same lesson.

© Ronald Milburn 2018