A Sweet Circle of Prayer...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 5, 2011
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Last week, after I spoke at Dallas Baptist University, a line of students formed to ask questions ranging from "Is God responsible when bad things happen," to "Do you believe healing is for today?" Pictured here are several exceptional students who simply wanted to pray for my pain (never do I refuse a prayer for healing)! The young man in the photo prayed earnestly and passionately, said Amen, then immediately looked up and inquired, "Is the pain gone?! Do you feel better yet?!" Although my hip was still aching, I broke into the biggest smile – the joy I felt for this student's devotion to Jesus, well… it totally obliterated any discomfort I felt. God bless young brothers and sisters in Christ who step right up and pray with confidence! True, time and maturity will inform this young man on the doctrine of prayer, the will of God, and His purposes in suffering and healing, but, oh, may this young man (and all like him) never, ever lose his fervor for the Savior and what God can do through prayer!


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Ministering at nursing homes has taught me to never give up on God by not-praying. When our time on earth is done we may learn what could have happened if we had prayed. Dear reader, don't discount God Almighty.
  • Dec. 7, 2011
  • 11:52 a.m.
  • Linda
Joni - I first read your story when I was in high school. I was fascinated by your strength, talent, and faith. I was blown away when my mother and I answered an ad for a waterbed and in the garage of this strangedr's home, I saw a poster from the cover of your book and I was star-struck!! I nver said I knew who you were, but I told many of my friends about my bed and its "celebrity status"! I am older and have lived through my own trials and find that prayer is my saving grace. I have a strong, deep and powerful relationship with God that has always existed, but flourished when I got sober in 2005. I find the saying "I always believed in God, just never realized he believed in me", a true statement for my life before sobriety and I think very similar to many who are lost. I saw your link on FB and I just had to reach out - as I would an old friend. I know you do not know me, but I have alwyas felt a connection to your spirituality and strong relationship with God. Thank you Joni and thank you to Ken as well! Blessings to you both. ♥ Alicia (Keogh) Andrest
  • Dec. 6, 2011
  • 4:52 p.m.
  • Alicia Andrest
Circle of Prayer post is very encouraging, and especially to know that there are young people following you and your example, Joni. This is great! You and this ministry continue to teach me the things that you mention in this posting, and nonetheless, I'm continuing to pray for better literal vision, etc. I'm gradually walkin a slight-bit better, but often wonder why God does not just heal me totally and quickly. As you are teaching, these limitations should draw us closer to God, and no doubt they do As you say that someone else says, 'hope is the best thing'!
  • Dec. 5, 2011
  • 6:56 p.m.
  • Philip Barker
Dear Joni, I admire your patience with people who believe in a instant healing at all times. I find it difficult to bear when people say that I always can get healing from the Lord.And sure in heaven there will be complete healing,but reality now is that God's children have to face persecution and suffering.Paradise will be in heaven, and not on earth (Luke 23:43).
  • Dec. 5, 2011
  • 11:51 a.m.
  • San Tjoa