Working at a job site, I often need to get into an attic space via a storage room. This almost always requires me to use a stepladder, and then transition from the ladder laterally to the attic space. I've done it before. In fact, I've done it lots of times on lots of job sites. On a day earlier this week though, something went wrong. During the transition from the ladder to the attic space, I felt as if the earth had been jerked out from underneath me, and I fell. It wasn't a slow-motion event, or one where I knew just before I fell what was about to happen. One second I was standing firm, the next I was in open air falling. It all happened faster than the blink of an eye.
Looking back, it must have been comical to watch. I felt like Wile-E-Coyote after he had chased Road Runner just a little to far and now found himself flapping like a bird. When I fell, I immediately reaching out for anything to catch myself, but before I could even worry about it, I had hit the ground. I fell 8 feet in total, and a fall from 6 feet can be deadly or cause serious injury. The person I was with was quite worried and kept asking me if I was alright. I got up, checked myself over, noted some scrapes that would definitely turn to bruises, but generally felt fine.
Maybe it was the adrenaline flowing, but I was able to get back on the ladder, get into the attic space, and walk the rest of the job site to complete the survey. When I got back to my car about 90 minutes after my fall, I had a call come in that had gone to voice mail. It was someone calling just to touch base with me, and to let me know they had been praying for me.
I'm not going to go super-spiritual and say that they were praying for me at the exact moment I fell, but I have no doubt it was God's protection that kept this family man out of the hospital or worse. Truth is, getting that call simply reinforced my faith in in the power of prayer, and it also reminded me of one very important lesson regarding prayer for other people.
When God lays someone on your heart to pray for them, you may think you know them well enough to know where they are, what they are doing, and how things are in their life. However, that may not always be the case. In fact, unless the person is there with you when you pray, you have no idea what they might be facing in just that moment. At that moment when you pray, they may have just received some very bad news you may or may not ever hear about, or they may be about to come into harms way and never see it coming.
We all need others who care enough to pray for us. How often has someone drifted into your mind and you thought to pray for them? You simply do not know what someone else might be facing at that moment, or what they will be facing later that day. Take a moment to think of who might be praying for you, and then take another moment to pray.