Don’t Be Afraid to Ask!
One of the primary lessons the Lord has taught me through this long battle with lymphoma is this: Don’t be afraid to ask people to pray for specific relief from your pain. I sent this blog out three years ago when the malaise of this disease was pretty bad:
As a young pastor I wondered at the weird prayer requests I received from people who were suffering. When I asked, “How can I pray for you?” the answer was often so trivial and specific from my perspective, that I almost felt like I was wasting a good prayer!
Now that I have experienced such personal suffering, I get it. Physical suffering demands all your attention. I use to think I would be a better man than that. But I’m here to tell you that this airborne soldier and firefighter becomes so preoccupied with relentless pain that it is extremely difficult at times to think beyond whatever hurts that day.
So here is my trivial and specific prayer for today: Pray for my feet!
That’s right, my feet. This rash has moved to my extremities. Now my feet look more like swollen pink clubs than what I’m used to seeing at the end of my legs.
And it hurts.
And I can’t wear shoes.