Transformed By Prayer

Revelation 21:1-5 (NRSV)

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

"See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them;

he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away."

And the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true."

The one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new."

- Revelation 21:5 (NRSV)

I am a disability-support worker, employed in a group house working with young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. There is one disabled man there whom I will call John. He cannot speak and frequently has outbursts of uncontrollable rage that damage property and upset the other residents.

A co-worker once pointed out to me that praying with John for his mother and other loved ones seemed to calm him at bedtime. I understood why when John's mother told me how she took him to church when he was younger. During bedtime prayer one night, I noticed a look of contentment settling over John's face - a gentle smile which is difficult to describe and hard to forget. It was as if someone had drawn near to John and gently touched his face. I felt privileged and deeply moved as I witnessed this change affecting John. The peaceful change happened again recently as we prayed with John at a prayer meeting. John has since initiated a prayer group with the use of sign language.

The transformation I saw in John as we prayed reminded me of God's power to make all things new.

Prayer: Dear Lord, open our hearts and enable us to listen to you and to others. Teach us the power of prayer. Amen.


God can speak clearly even without words.


Disabled young adults