Psalm 121:2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

The Lord never ceases to amaze me, even in the smallest things…

A recent sermon at church was on Biblical healing. Afterward, anyone who had chronic medical issues, health issues, or any prayer requests were asked to come forward. Several people were there to pray for those who had needs.

I was one of those pray-ers.

This is not something I would normally raise my hand, wave and say “I’ll do it! I’ll help!” As an introvert, this is way out of my comfort zone. My greatest fear was that I wouldn’t remember names. I’ve never been great with names. Since I turned 50, it has gotten much worse – especially when I’m under pressure. Praying for someone extemporaneously puts me under pressure. I needed to remember each name, so that I could pray personally for them. It would be awful to pray “Lord, please heal What’s-Her-Name.”

I knew the first few people that came to me for prayer. It was such an honor to be a burden bearer for them.


Then a young woman hesitantly approached, eyes downcast. I didn’t know her and hadn’t seen her around church. When she looked at me, her eyes seemed wide with fear. I imagined how hard it must have been. She was about to pour her heart out to a perfect stranger. She needed to trust me. I needed to call her by name, to ease her anxiety.

I reached for her hands and asked “What’s your name?”


“Aw, my step daughter’s name is Jennifer! How can I pray for you?”

“Would you pray for me and my husband?”

“Jennifer, what’s your husband’s name?”


My eyes widened; my mouth formed an “O” of surprise. My son-in-law’s name is Joshua. Now, I realize those are common names, but what are the odds that I would get to pray for a couple named Jennifer and Joshua? And that I could so easily remember their names, because I have my own Jennifer and Joshua?

I prayed, then gave Jennifer a tight, tight hug before she left. I stood there, in awe of God…how personal and intimate He is. If He answered my little bitty mustard seed prayer of faith to remember names, I know He must have moved mountains for others!

Jesus said “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20

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