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21 Days of Prayer

Day 15 - Protected by Prayer

It is our habit on our farm to begin the day by singing Zulu hymns, reading God’s Holy Scripture, and praying. One day, after we did exactly that, my son sent some of the staff off in a truck to fetch some building poles from a nearby plantation. 

The driver, two teenage girls, and one helper were in the truck going down a steep hill when they lost control of the truck. It careered off the mountain and rolled. 

One of our young herdsmen came riding down on his bike weeping uncontrollably, just half an hour after the prayer meeting had concluded. He said, “There’s been a terrible accident. The truck has rolled.” He wasn’t sure if anyone had survived. 

Fearing for the lives of the occupants, my son and I jumped into another vehicle and drove straight to the scene. As we came down the hill, I started to pray to God, “Please, Lord.” The truck was at the bottom of the mountain, an absolute wreck. 

Miraculously, no one was killed. One of the young girls broke her arm, and the passenger sitting next to the driver had a slight back injury, from which he has completely recovered. The driver had a neck injury, from which he has also recovered. The second young girl didn’t have a scratch on her. 

The young herdsman who had reported the accident reminded me how earlier that morning we had spent time in prayer. He firmly believed that the Lord Jesus Christ protected all four of those people in the vehicle. Yes, indeed, we can never underestimate the power of prayer.

John 9:31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.

PRAYER: Jesus, make prayer my first line of defense. Amen.

The content for this devotional was adapted from "The Bible with Grassroots Reflections" by Angus Buchan © Christian Art Publishers.