The Power of Prayer


Jon was one of my students at the church I served in Atlanta. He came through our youth ministry and was serving as a college volunteer in our middle school ministry. On Saturday morning February 28, 2004 Jon was eating breakfast, at our annual fall retreat, when he suffered a brain aneurysm. He was immediately life flighted from the camp in Elijay, Georgia to Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

I remember sitting in the surgical waiting room with Jon’s parents and his twin brother, Jeff. The neurosurgeon walked into the room, calmly sat down, and announced that Jon would probably not survive the surgical procedure. I immediately called back to our camp and asked that a 24-hour prayer room be established for Jon.

Jon made it through that surgery and spent the next five years of his life proving doctors wrong. “Jon will never talk again”; “Jon will never walk again”; “Jon will not have all of his memories”; “Jon will never be able to communicate”; and of course, “Jon will never have a quality of life”. Each declaration from a doctor was met with the absolute resolve to intercede on Jon’s behalf for healing. Jon had a family, friends, and a church family that were committed to intercessory prayer.

This weekend (Sept 1, 2018) I have the honor of officiating at Jon’s wedding. I am so excited to celebrate not only the beauty of the covenant of marriage but also celebrating answered prayers.

Post By: Bob Wynn, Winterville Campus Pastor