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ARC Apostolic Friends and “Prayer Warrior” by Jean Tir 1
Her colleagues called her “Registered Nurse” and “Colonel Potter”; I called her “Mom” and “Prayer Warrior.” As a nurse, she knew how to give orders, fill out charts, and administer tender, loving care. Most importantly, she knew how to pray and to wait for God’s answer. I remember one pivotal time in my life when Mom, blending the characteristics of both nurse and prayer warrior, taught me key principles of prayer, preparation, and praise.
When I was twelve years old, I spent a few days recovering in the hospital after my tonsillectomy. Everything seemed fine; but Mom had been praying and listening to God, Who had warned her in a dream that I would need to go to the operating room a second time. Of course, she did not frighten me by sharing the information with me then. Instead, Mom continued to pray and to trust God. She stood upon the promise of God’s Word: “Casting your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7).
Although the Prayer Warrior trusted God, the Nurse understood that certain preparations needed to be made. Mother, knowing she could not be with me all the time and leave my younger sister alone, hired her friend who was a private nurse to stay with me overnights at the hospital. The Bible teaches in James 2:26 that “faith without works is dead.” Mother’s faith in God was manifested in her practical preparations. When my stitches broke, causing a major hemorrhage, I was not alone. God was with me, and a nurse was with me. After the second surgery, I awoke to see my Mom’s caring face and to hear her comforting words, “Jean, you are going to be fine, dear.”
Through her actions and attitude in the midst of crisis, Mom taught me that the value of prayer and preparation is enhanced by the power of praise. Although she gave thanks to the doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff who took care of me; she reserved the highest praise for her Lord Jesus Christ. The testimony she shared with her colleagues about my surgeries revealed to them a loving and caring Savior who also manifestedHimself as the Master Healer. Through the example of her mother, a twelve-year-old child learned to give praise to a God who loved her and took care of her.
Although Mom passed from this life to heaven earlier this year, her legacy continues. The lessons that my mother taught me when I was just twelve years old still provide strength and endurance in my life as a missionary today. I thank God for giving me a mother who taught me the priceless principles of prayer, preparation and praise.
Note: Jean Tir has been involved in missions work for over twenty years in Slovakia, starting under the AIM program, then progressing to appointment as an Intermediate and Career Missionary. She and her husband Steven Tir are now appointed to represent both the nations of Slovakia and Serbia. Jean loves reaching out to people in Eastern Europe, especially as a Ladies Ministry leader and as a Bible school instructor.
(From: UPCI Ladies Prayer International Newsletter)