by Linda Evans Shepherd @LindaShepherd
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:33 ESV
One summer evening, five years ago, the sky turned black as the tornado sirens blared. I looked out the window at the fast-moving sky and saw the stinger of a tornado rolling sideways over our house.
Were there more twisters to come?
I stood over the bed of my medically fragile daughter. Together we were about to face a day I’d hoped would never come. It wasn’t supposed to. The word on the street was, “We’re safe from tornadoes, because the Colorado foothills protect us.”
But the trouble was that the fast-moving storm was blowing the wrong way: west towards the mountains instead of east towards Kansas.
As the storm pressed itself against the mountains, the entire sky began to rotate. While quarter-size hail threatened to rain shards of glass from the skylight overhead, the air crackled with electricity.
How I longed to take my daughter into the basement, but her wheelchair wouldn’t make the trip. She was too heavy to carry and too fragile to drag. So there we were, stuck in harm’s way, with only a mattress and the name of Jesus to protect us.
With only the name of Jesus?
I faced the blackness outside our window as I stood my ground, commanding the tornado to “go up,” in the name of Jesus.
The sky turned orange and the heavens roared like a freight train while I tucked Laura beneath her bed and continued to pelt heaven with my prayers. But the problem was the storm was stuck against the mountain and stayed there, rebuilding on itself for almost six hours. Just when I thought the terror would never stop, the storm finally ended with a boom of a lightening strike.
Soon the news-at-10 revealed that an E 3 tornado had passed only a mile away, destroying homes as it thundered toward the foothills.
The next day, not sure which neighborhood the monster had entered, I felt the urge to call a friend, a friend who wasn’t quite ready to believe in God. “Did you see the tornado?” I asked when she picked up the phone.
“Did I? I heard a noise outside and stepped onto my porch and looked up, directly into the wall of the tornado just over my house. That’s when I saw my neighbor’s roof sail by.”
“Did you get hit?”
“No, and the odd thing was the tornado jumped over my house before it exploded the rest of the neighborhood.”
“Do you know what I was praying while that tornado was on the ground?” I asked.
“Go up, tornado, go up in the name of Jesus!”
My friend sucked in her breath. “Well, I have to admit, that was a really good prayer.”
When you face a sudden storm, don’t discount the name of Jesus, even if it’s the only weapon you have available. For the name of Jesus is more precious and more powerful than anything else you could choose to rely on. In fact, Jesus Himself said, “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:33 ESV).
About the author: Linda Shepherd Evans is the president of Right to the Heart Ministries and the CEO of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA), which ministers to Christian women authors and speakers. She’s the publisher of Leading Hearts Magazine and Arise Daily. Linda is an award-winning author who has written numerous books. Her prayer books have sold over a quarter-of-a-million copies. She is an internationally recognized speaker.
Linda’s latest release, When You Need to Move a Mountain: Keys to Praying with Power, is a practical and encouraging book that explains what intercessory prayer is, how to pray as an intercessor, and how to experience victory. You’ll quickly find the specific help you need to pray for the needs close to your heart. You’ll also learn how to develop your own intercessory prayer battle strategy and to celebrate each victory with thanksgiving.
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