It has been the desire of humanity since creation to breathe deeply and fill our lungs with air.
You know that feeling coming to the top of a mountaintop and stopping to fill your lungs with fresh air – to breathe deeply and to be replenished. We need oxygen to survive. Oxygen helps us grow, reproduce, and it gives our cells the ability to break down food to get the energy we need to survive. It is vital. It is necessary. Our first breath came when God breathed his life into us.
“Then the Lord God made man from the dust of the ground. And He breathed into his nose the breath of life. Man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)
The very breath of God is that which sustains us and that which fills our lungs to bring forth life. In our day to day, we are normally not even conscious of breathing. It’s just something we do. However, when we are starved of this life-giving oxygen, there is a desperation that follows.
My son, Daniel, rang us at 6 am to let us know he was in the hospital. He had been there all night with Zoe, his little 2-year-old daughter. He told us he awoke suddenly at midnight to the sound of her gasping for breath.
She was having a severe asthma attack and was in a life-threatening situation. Grabbing her from her bed, he put her in the car and drove quickly to the hospital – leaving his wife at home with their new baby.
Only minutes after the conversation, our daughter-in-law sent a message. She had also gone to the hospital. It was one of those desperate messages. The ones that come from a deep place within: “Mum,” she said, “You know people all over the world! Please get them to pray. We need help!”
Without hesitation I began to send messages to the multiple global teams I serve alongside. We were asking for the breath of our Father to fill this little child’s lungs once again. People prayed. Messages started coming in almost every minute from every continent of the world.
“We stand with you and lift precious Zoe before the Lord. Lord, we pray for the cells in her lungs and pray for them to be filled with breath and new life. Thank you, Lord, for your miracle-healing power in Zoe’s life! Give her family your peace!”
“Praying with you all for this precious little one. Praying wisdom for her healthcare team and great peace for her and all those who love her so much. Asking the Great Physician for his perfect, healing hand to touch her body.”
“We prayed for precious Zoe in our international prayer time today. Lord, you hear our prayers. May you show your healing power on his precious little one whom you love. Amen.”
These prayers were sent and read over Zoe. They brought great comfort to all of us, and more importantly, healing to her. By the end of the day, she was sitting up and her color was returning. The doctors were pleased to say she was out of the critical condition.
We read the following in 2 Corinthians 1:
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort (life). He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” (vs. 3-4)
When we reach out to others, we are literally carriers of the breath of God to those who are perishing. When we come together and pray, we are bringing life to others. We do so in many ways and by many acts of obedience.
Which of the following ways do you identify with the most?
- Give to those who ask, and don’t refuse those who wish to borrow from you. (Matthew 5:42)
- Contribute to the needs of God’s people, and welcome strangers into your home. (Romans 12:13)
- Don’t withhold good from someone who deserves it, when it is in your power to do so. (Proverbs 3:27)
- Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others. (Philippians 2:4)
As the prayers flooded in for my precious granddaughter, I sensed hope return and life flowing once again. As they were read over her little body, air returned to her starved lungs. Perhaps some would have thought it a strange thing to ask the world to pray. For my family, it seemed the most natural thing. And God reached out in a supernatural way.
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:37-40)
God first breathed life into us, and he asks us to be carriers of the breath of heaven to others. We do this not for ourselves, but for our Lord.
For Discussion and Introspection
- Who is the Lord calling you to share the breath of life with today?
- What is a time in your life when you have experienced the impact of people interceding for you?