I need your help. It will only take two or three minutes of your time, but it could affect the family tree of another woman just like you for generations. Imagine: one simple action on your part affecting generations. That’s the kind of thing that excites me! Okay, I know … you want to know what that action is.
I need you to pray. More than that, I need you to pray for the spouses of soldiers stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Can we get even more specific?
Please? This is important, so let me tell you a story to help it all make more sense. The lady in the story probably isn’t new to you as I’m not the first to tell it. In the Bible, Matthew, Mark, and Luke all mention her. Let’s read it from Luke, the doctor (Chapter 8, verses 42-48).
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
Now, remember, this is a doctor speaking. As much as the body was understood in those days, he knew it. So I don’t think he would throw around phrases like “no one could heal her” or “immediately her bleeding stopped” without really thinking through the truth of them.
Mark adds in the detail that this woman had “suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had.” If you’ve ever been sick with something that a doctor couldn’t figure out, then you understand the depth of his meaning.
“Who touched me?” Jesus asked.
When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”
But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”
Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
If you’ve been in church for long, I’m sure you’ve heard some sermon or Sunday School lesson on this woman. How she displayed great faith and trust. How she bravely stepped forward and received what she so desperately needed and wanted.
But there’s another side to this story, and it got me wondering not too long ago: what about everyone else in the crowd?
Was no one else in that crowd suffering from an ailment?
Did no one else in that crowd have the courage to step forward and say, “Heal me too, Jesus!” Or at least, “Could you spare a minute to let me touch you too?”
The Specific Prayer Request
Here’s the deal. On Saturday, October 3rd, I have a chance to speak at an event for military spouses on Ft. Bragg with Kathy Barnett, my coauthor from The Warrior’s Bride. And we want to touch those ladies–we want to offer them hope and show them the reality of what God can do with a heart that seeks Him first.
But the reality is, like that crowd around Jesus the day He healed one lone woman, that many of the ladies that attend will never reach out. Whether they minimize themselves or their problems, whether they don’t want to wait in line to talk to us, or whether they don’t think we will value them, many will walk away.
And that’s exactly what I am asking you to pray against.
Pray for Kathy and I, and the other leaders at this event that will come into contact with women who may be struggling or hurting or ready to give up. We will all need spiritual discernment, godly wisdom, and God’s grace.
Pray for the women who will reach out, who we will get to talk to and love on and pray over.
Pray for the women who hesitate. Pray that they would have the boldness to do more than they normally would to reach out for help. Pray that Kathy and I, or a Chaplain, or another mature Christian would notice them and meet them where they are.
And pray that this event is a catalyst to an amazing God-sized revival in military families across the Army, and then across the Department of Defense. All revivals start somewhere, and Fort Bragg seems like a great place to start.