For any non-religious readers, this will probably sound like superstition. I’m writing this with a renewed confidence that God answers prayer. I cannot prove it, but that’s the whole point of having faith. It is hard even to describe what His answer entails. In this case, it’s all in my head – there has been a change in my thoughts which I can only ascribe to God’s intervention.
The interesting thing is that it is because of others’ prayers, not mine. I can relate to a passage in Cardinal Newman’s poem “The Dream of Gerontius”, where the main character is dying, and implores his friends: “So pray for me, my friends, who have not strength to pray.” A thrilling part in the musical setting of Edward Elgar.
There is beauty in the truth of this option. Intercessory prayer – praying on behalf of others – is just as powerful as personal prayer. I know that friends and family are praying for me. And I know that it makes a difference. So from the bottom of my heart: thank you.