«Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (1 John 5:14).
EDUARDO WAS GOING TO TRAVEL from the province of Guanacaste to the province of San José in Costa Rica, where he would meet his mother Liliana and his grandmother Emilce. The trip had been planned, but the hours passed by, and Eduardo did not arrive. Emilce called her daughter to express her concern: «Why is Eduardo taking so long? How strange that he has not told you he was going to be late! We are going to pray for him right now.”
Both women, each in her own house, kneeled down to ask the Lord to protect Eduardo and allow him to arrive safely. At ten o’clock in the morning the next day, Liliana received a telephone call: «Mom, I don’t want you to worry. I am fine. I had an accident. A truck hit my car from behind and I lost control of the vehicle, and it crashed into a bus. My car is unrecognizable, but I am fine. The paramedics examined me and have given me a neck brace.»
How is it possible that after being hit by a truck and then crashing into a bus, he only had a little problem with his neck? After seeing the photos of his completely destroyed car, they could do no more than think that the prayer of a mother has tremendous power.
Liliana continues to pray for her son Eduardo so that he will return to the church. She trusts fully that God will work one more miracle in his life because she recognizes the power of intercessory prayer described by Ellen White: «It is impossible to estimate the power of a praying mother’s influence. She acknowledges God in all her ways. She takes her children before the throne of grace and presents them to Jesus, pleading for His blessing upon them. The influence of those prayers is to those children as ‘a wellspring of life.’ These prayers, offered in faith, are the support and strength of the Christian mother. To neglect the duty of praying with our children is to lose one of the greatest blessings within our reach, one of the greatest helps amid the perplexities, cares, and burdens of our lifework» (The Adventist Home, ch. 45, p. 266).
Dear friend, if you are a mother who prays and acknowledges God in all her ways, you have in your hands one of the greatest blessings of life.