by Cathy Law
KAMIAH, Wash., February 15, 2017 - Though some of the worst weather conditions of the winter occurred in Kamiah, Idaho, during the Ten Days of Prayer — with record snowfall, subzero temperatures and ice — members of the Kamiah Church came together for prayer each night.
After sundown on the first Sabbath meeting of the Ten Days of Prayer, a light fellowship meal and games had been planned. But during supper, as members shared the spiritual burdens they were wrestling with, they found themselves praying together again for victory over specific struggles instead.
On the final Sabbath members shared highlights of how God had worked during the course of Ten Days of Prayer.
“My husband doesn’t even know what I’m going to say,” one member smiled mysteriously at the microphone. She described how God had given her victory over certain fears.
One member explained that, as a result of trying to protect himself against hurt, his heart had become cold. But he had claimed the promise in Deut. 30:6: “And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.” The Holy Spirit had warmed his heart again.
Another member described God’s protecting mercy. During the week, he had left his aging wife, who has experienced memory loss, on the sofa with specific instructions to “stay right here” while he went to help clear the snow from their friends’ driveway. When he had returned, the door to the house had been locked. Knocking on the door, tapping at the window and finally pounding brought no response. He began to panic. Was his wife laying on the floor unconscious? Was she dead?
At that moment, his cellphone rang. It was his neighbor. While the member had been gone, the neighbor's son had come to the house to deliver some home-baked bread. Finding this member’s wife outside in the frigid weather, confused and sitting in the snow, the boy had led her back to their home. What a relief to know his dear wife was safe.
Other testimonies of answered prayers included providential guidance, healing and God’s intervention in national affairs. It was a joyful ending to 10 special days that reminded of Ps. 133:1: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (KJV).
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