“That was the saddest day of my life.”
Five years and one month before that day, the man who spoke those words found out his son – barely 30 years old – had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The surgery and follow-up radiation and chemo therapies had been so successful that the young man had married.
Five years before that day, the man, his son and their family experienced the most joyous day in their lives. He was cancer-free.
A month later, on the saddest day, the family learned that the brain cancer had returned. The countless prayers of intercession that had been offered after the initial diagnosis had turned briefly to prayers of gratitude.
In an instant, they were back to those of intercession.
The cancer victim did all he could to stay alive for his wife, infant daughter, parents, family and friends. However, this time the surgery and treatments were not successful. Eventually, he began to lose his sight and his dad retired so he could drive him to work on the days he felt physically able to go.
Slowly, eventually, painfully, the prayers began to change from asking God for a miracle to bringing an end to the pain the young man was undergoing in his struggle. He died less than 2 months after his 40th birthday and his dad made the longest walk of his life on the second saddest day of his life to the pulpit to deliver his son’s eulogy.
Our prayers don’t always bring the results we want. If they did, we wouldn’t have to see those we love suffer pain, become terminally ill or leave this life.
However, that does not mean that God does not hear each prayer each of us prays. He just does not answer them way we would like.
Eventually, though, this temporary life on earth changes to eternal life with God. When that happens for that young man’s dad, mom and family, it will be the most joyful reunion day – a day without end or darkness in the Light of God.
Prayer changes us.