Here is my brief testimony on the personal power of prayer – An ordinary sunny Chennai evening and my 3 kids went up to the terrace to play . I thought to myself a better quiet time to pray!
I had recently started the Divine Office and incorporated it into my personal prayer time. Since I was in personal prayer I started praying for myself. But within a few minutes I felt the Spirit prompting to pray for my children. I had hurried and sudden urge to pray for their protection. So, I did! A minute later the kids came in rushing through the door – a large swarm of bees that rose from a tree behind my apartment, headed directly towards them and they rushed downstairs. They mentioned that it was like in Tom & Jerry, a dark cloud forming suddenly and moving swiftly towards them. I quickly shut the doors and windows and could see at least 20 bees hovering around my first floor bedroom window. My apartment neighbour went up 5 minutes later and said the swarm of at least 50 bees were hovering around our terrace and that she was afraid to step onto the terrace. And just as suddenly as they appeared, they were gone within 10 minutes.
I see God’s mighty protection on the kids, else they would have been stung badly. The sheer curiousness at their age which normally is sufficient to peer at such strange things didn’t happen at the moment. Praise God!
Our Lord taught us about personal and private prayer encouraging us to pray against evil forces and to pray unceasingly even a point where it sounds like a proverb
“Ask and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks, receives and he who seeks, finds and to him who knocks, it will be opened” ~ Luke 11:9-10
And reiterating it further are all the Gospels while the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles further validate the power of personal prayer. A determined conversation with the Father through the Son and with the Holy Spirit in whatever capacity we possess brings out the fountain of life within us and thus unites us with God Himself. Nothing overrides a conceivable obstacle like the power of prayer. Quoting Pope Francis,
“When one does not profess Jesus Christ, one professes the worldliness of the devil”
The Scripture reminds us not a single hair on your head will be harmed. Amen!