The Stone of Anointing

I PRAYED IN A HOLY PLACE AND WON SALVATION

Time and again, we have turned to God seeking divine blessings in our times of need. I used to hear the experiences of friends and relatives of how they have been showered with His blessings or how those who did not believe in His power became devout followers after feeling His presence in their lives. Some family members who were old and indisposed due to financial issues narrated stories of their brush with the Supreme Being and how He had blessed them although they were physically unable to go on a pilgrimage; they cited how merciful God was in answering their prayers sent through a prayer request. A tech-savvy cousin even commented on how one can make use of an online prayer request nowadays and seek His blessings without having to take time off from work or plan a trip to holy sites. Although I listened to them in awe, I did not experience His grace being bestowed upon me till tragedy struck my mundane life.  

A few years ago, my husband and I used to live on the outskirts of the city. This meant traveling long hours to reach our respective work destinations. My husband bought a motorbike to save time as well as cut down on the traveling expenses he had to incur every day while commuting to his office. Although it saved time and ensured a considerable amount of savings for us, there was always a niggling worry in the back of my mind about his safety, as the condition of a particular stretch of road near his office was potholed and full of craters. My worst fears came true when I received a telephone call from one of his colleagues on a rainy evening. He said that my husband had met with a terrible accident while navigating a pothole on that stretch of road and his motorbike had skidded. My husband was flung several feet away and found unconscious by passersby. Someone from the crowd found his identity card and informed the office. His colleagues rushed to the spot and took him to the nearest hospital. 

In a single moment, my world turned upside down. I rushed to the hospital with a friend. Several X-rays revealed that he had multiple fractures on his left leg. Doctors said his condition was critical as he was diabetic. He was kept under observation and doctors monitored his condition round-the-clock. Although he needed surgery for his leg, doctors were naturally reluctant to go ahead with it until his blood glucose levels were stable. 

As I broke down, one of my relatives consoled me and suggested that I consider sending an online prayer request to a holy site of my choice. I had never sent a prayer request before, but my heart told me to put my trust in the Almighty and hope for a miracle. As I was confused and puzzled, my friend helped me surf the Internet and look at various places where one can send an online prayer request. I zeroed in on one such holy site to seek His holy blessings. A prayer request could be sent for a nominal amount. As there was no traveling or preparations involved, my present circumstances made sending an online prayer request a God-sent solution to me at that point in time. I penned down my prayer on a piece of paper, took a photograph, and uploaded it on the website. After a few days, I received a confirmation via email as well as digital photos of my prayer being offered at the holy site.   

A week after my husband’s accident, the doctors said that his blood glucose levels and other parameters had stabilized, and they could proceed with the surgery. I heaved a sigh of relief. Tears of joy flowed from my eyes. I was filled with gratitude and felt that the Lord had granted my prayers. And it strengthened my belief in His powers. Although it took several weeks for my husband to heal completely and walk again without the help of crutches or any support, I knew that it was possible only because of the Lord’s mercy on me and my family. 

There are moments in our lives when we believe in the Lord’s powers but there remains an iota of confusion or disbelief in our minds. We ask ourselves why we haven’t received His blessings and wonder if we ever will? It is in these trying times that the Lord shows his mercy and turns us into His devout followers. Sending a prayer request to a holy site could be the answer you are seeking in your hour of grief, to instill confidence in your heart and soul. An online prayer request changed my life and renewed my belief in the Almighty. It can change yours, too.