Monday, July 27, 2009

Does Prayer Matter?

We have had so many people praying for us over the last few months and I don't think I have ever truly appreciated prayer like I do now. I have lots of unanswered questions about prayer, like why? If God is omnipotent and full of grace and mercy why does he need us to pray for people? why doesn't he just do the "right thing"? Or does prayer really change anything or does it just give us peace about the outcome because we have stopped to realize He is in control regardless?

Whatever the reasoning, God does want us praying for each other, and I truly believe that prayer does matter and prayer does change things. All of this to say that in the midst of the chaos that is my life, I have a new vision for my role in Ecuador. PRAYER. There are so many things that are happening in the hospital, in the lives of the doctors, in the lives of our Ecuadorian friends, that the Lord has shown me the role I can play in praying, just the simple act of prayer.

The children are playing outside and I am reminded of how quickly they are growing up. They will be in school in just a few months and I will miss this time. Research will always be there, I think that prayer is what God has brought me to at this moment.


  1. I have shared the same thoughts as you, and just come to realize that whatever the reason - you are right. It is so important to stay in a spirit of prayer. I think people use the term "I'll be praying for you" lightly, converstationally, at times, but who knows. It is a powerful thing to do.

  2. Hi Dr.Joe,still praying for a good mission for you.Met Dr. Van last week,Linda had an app. so i went along to meet him.Nice fellow and a good dr. im sure but he's no Dr. Joe.Still working with guys that are in the shape you helped me out of."GOD" Bless--You Are Missed.
    Jerry Hineline

  3. You know Dr. Tracy, I read your note and said that I need to write and say that God surely has bigger things than that planned for you. But then I thought what bigger job than ambassador ot the throne could you have. I didn't know I would miss you guys so much. CRBT, but TOJ for you. Joey G.