There is something magical about prayer. Whether you are praying with someone in person, over the phone or alone at night, answers, healing or progress may be invisible, but come to fruition over time. Meanwhile, every once in a while prayers can be electric.
When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering, Mark 5:27-29.
The first mention of a prayer producing electricity is found in the Gospel of Mark. A woman spent 12 years of her life visiting doctors without ever seeing any results. Broke and desperate, testimonies of the power of Jesus convinced this woman that Jesus was her last resort. Thus, the moment she touched his cloak, power flowed out of Jesus’ body.
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering,” Mark 5:30, 33-34.
In Sunday’s episode of Project afterlife, Freddy Vest recounts a similar story. During a rodeo competition, Freddy falls off his horse, exhausted by the Texas heat; dying of a massive heart attack. Awestruck, the PA announcer tells the crowd to cry out to God in prayer. Prior to his resurrection several hours later, Freddy witnessed flashes of lightning. Each prayer lit up a dark room he briefly visited. Eventually, these electric prayers brought Freddy back from the dead. When all hope seems lost, don’t forget that sincere prayers of the heart can be electric.
by Jay Mankus