Valley Life Church

The Power of Prayer

Prayer. It used to be something I did out of obligation. A bunch of well scripted phrases said everynight before falling asleep. A last ditch effort when all my plans fell through. “I’ll be praying for you!” I’d say to someone but after a few minutes, I’d walk away and forget all about them. Pretty pathetic, right? Especially since I’d been a Christian for many years and had grown up being taught to pray. I seemed destined for a lukewarm prayery life, but God had other plans for me.

pryaer changes everything

It all started four years ago. A series of events led me to undoubtedly the darkest time in my life. I was suicidal and felt as though every ounce of life had been sucked out me. I was broken. One day Nancy Verwey called me and told me God was wanting me to stand up and fight. She said I needed to pray and cry out to God and lean on him for my strength. This seemed nearly impossible but what other choice did I have. So, I began to pray, sometimes for hours on my face crying out to God. And something beautiful began to happen. I started getting stronger and the sadness and fear that was crippling me began to dissipate.  I kept on praying, gaining strength. But God had even more in store for me.

I started walking my boys to school every morning and one day I decided to start praying for them during my walk back home. Then, I started praying for family, friends, my church. The list kept growing. I would invite God and His holy spirit into my day each morning and ask that His will be done. I saw God work in my kids lives, my church, my relationships. But He still wasn’t done.

My husband was given a large business contract that required him to be out of town for several weeks. I felt the Lord telling me to put my own needs aside and be a support for Bryon during this time. I began to pray and in my faithfulness and obedience to Him, my marriage blossomed. But wait….there’s more.

About a year ago I was really struggling with feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. I would compare myself to others wishing I could be anyone but me. I told my mom how I was feeling and she encouraged me to pray and ask God to help me be more comfortable in my own skin. Once again, I took my need to Him, he heard my prayer and a wonderful transformation began. My self confidence continues to grow everyday and I am relishing just being “me”.

I could keep going but I think you get the point. Prayer is empowering. It gives you a sense of hope in an otherwise hopeless situation. It restores lives, brings light into darkness, and allows us intimacy with our holy father. I am living, breathing proof of that. Oh, and if I tell you I will pray for you, I actually will. 🙂

Written by Joanna McCoy

Posted in blog on February 21, 2014.

3 Responses

  1. Will says:

    Wow Joanna! You are so very eloquent! What a gift with words God has given you, and what a wonderful testimony. So very beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your gifts.

  2. anna estrada says:

    Thank you. Your story is so encouraging to me and a beautiful way to honor Gods faithfulness! Thank you so much.

  3. sam weaver says:

    Joanna God blessed Katie and me with two beautiful daughters thirty-some years ago. Since then He has graciously added many more and you are one of them! (hope your parents are ok with sharing) Like all daughters, there are times when you drive me to hand wringing prayer and times when I am praising God for His manifest Grace so evident in you. This blog is proof of the latter! Thank you for sharing the great work He is doing in your life. For one for whom prayer does not come easily, you are an inspiration. God bless for your response to His calling.