One Passionate Prayer

by Dawn Aldrich

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“…tremendous power is released through the passionate, heartfelt prayer of a godly believer.” James 5:16 TPT


Hearing only chunks of their phone conversation set my adrenaline running.

“Accident. Car hydroplaned. Rolled over. Car is toast. I’m okay. Thank God for German engineering. State police.”

Instantly, I knew my son’s life had been miraculously spared and I knew who had tried to inflict the worst. My first response after, “Thank you, Jesus!” was “Call your prayer warriors. This is all-out war!” 

It wasn’t just this one incident, but it was the tipping point for my exhausted self. Our family battled numerous spiritual assaults since Christmas: illnesses one after another that led to cocooning and isolation, household and weird car emergencies and financial stresses beyond the norm. Not just us, but three generations of our immediate family.

Many would call that life, but when half a family preps for an overseas mission trip, all hell breaks loose, even on the unsuspecting. Some, including my own mother, suggested we call off the trip; that somehow these challenges were a “sign” to stay put and let “someone else” do God’s work. But, we knew better. Yes, these challenges were signs—signifying the powerful, Kingdom work ahead–and they aimed to instill fear and keep us home.

Fear is the enemy’s number one tactic and the best way to counter that is prayer. 

My shaky hands dialed through my contacts until a prayer warrior answered. I choked out a quick explanation. “Our son was in a horrible accident. He’s okay. The guys need a ride to the airport and we need prayer warriors surrounding us, now.”

Even when God has miraculously spared you or a loved one from death, realizing the worst destruction the enemy will hurl your way punches you in the gut and throws you to your knees. 

Once the guys secured their ride to the airport and our son’s health was cleared, I raced home to email my prayer warriors, asking them to suit up and surround us with prayer for the duration of the mission trip. A few hours later, I received this email:

“…early this morning I found myself in tears praying for you (and your family) regarding this ministry. I lifted you up and asked (God) to keep all of you safe…(God) assured me that you would all go forth, each one of you in your own way…and proclaim His word…” 

Do you see Gods hand in this? This prayer happened hours before our son’s accident. HOURS! And, amazingly, this friend lives only a mile from the site of the accident. This prayer warrior obeyed the Holy Spirit’s nudging to pray over our family long before anyone knew the specific need.

I’m convinced her passionate prayer released tremendous power over our son’s accident. I don’t fully understand why prayer initiates God’s action. All I know is, prayer draws His attention, affection and favor to those who call on His name.

Is fear gripping you, holding you back from all God’s intended for you? Do you find yourself engrossed in spiritual battle? If so, how might we battle (pray) on your behalf?

Papa-God, thank you for acting upon the passionate prayer of your children. We ask you, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, to hear our desperate cries amid spiritual warfare. Send your angel armies to battle on our behalf. We praise and honor you in advance. The victory is yours! Amen.