This morning on Twitter, actor Chris Pratt encouraged his 3.58 million followers to pray for a young boy suffering from brain cancer, after a fan reached out. @SpencerHodenett tweeted, “@prattprattpratt would love a RT asking followers to say a prayer for a 4 yr old fan. Psalm 107:28-30; MT 21:21”.
In response, Pratted tweeted, “The power of prayer saved my son. This boy Sam needs a miracle. Say a prayer for Sam. Even if you never have b4.Try.” When asked, “how so?” by another Twitter follower, Pratted tweeted, “Lord I pray for Sam. May you put your healing hand on him father. May his family find grace in this difficult time.”
The power of prayer saved my son. This boy Sam needs a miracle. Say a prayer for Sam. Even if you never have b4.Try. https://t.co/sGYv2tcrMX
Back in 2012, Chris Pratt’s own son was born prematurely, spending a month in intensive care. He explained to People magazine,
We were scared for a long time. We prayed a lot … It restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really redefined it. The baby was so beautiful to us, and I look back at the photos of him and it must have been jarring for other people to come in and see him, but to us he was so beautiful and perfect.
Belief in God and regular prayer may be on the decline in the United States, but praying for supernatural healing is still almost a universal experience. A new study conducted by researchers at Baylor University found that 90 percent of Americans have prayed that God would physically heal them or someone they know. The author of the study was shocked by how high the number is. Jeff Levin explained to CNN,
Outside of belief in God, healing prayer might be the most ubiquitous religious practice that there is. This might be one of the most prevalent forms of primary care medicine, and I don't say that lightly … There's this hidden substrate of spirituality in this country, and by asking these questions, it uncovered something always there that was bubbling beneath the surface. This is not a marginal or minor expression. This is pretty ubiquitous.
Beyond the experience of simply praying for healing, more than a fourth of all Americans say they have prayed by “laying on hands”—actually placing their hands on someone else (or vice versa) while intervening for God to heal. Discuss
A photo of a woman in a drive-through coffee stand is going viral, but not for the reason you might think. The photo shows three of the coffee stand's employees reaching out of the window to hold hands and pray with a grieving customer. When the woman pulled up to the window, one the workers noticed she was in tears. "She's like, 'She's just having a really bad day. Her husband passed.' And as soon as she said that, I was like, 'There's nothing more you need to say. We got this. We're going to do what we do every time we get someone who’s in pain or hurt. We're going to give them our love,'" said one of the employees pictured. They offered the customer a free drink, then proceeded to join hands and pray with her, not knowing a customer in the next car back snapped a photo. Barbara Danner said she was in line at the Dutch Bros. stand on 138th Avenue in Vancouver on Saturday when she noticed the interaction between the baristas and the customer. She shared her photo on the Dutch Bros. Facebook page, where others quickly started re-sharing it.
Snapped this picture while waiting in line at the Dutch Bros on 138th Avenue today. Turns out the young lady in line...
The photo apparently caught the store owner Jessica Chudek by surprise. "I thought, 'That's great our company does that and we can show love out the window that way.' I started studying it a little more and I said, 'Wait, that's Evan and Pierce! That's my stand, those are my kids!' So it just brought me to tears right then," she said.
"If every single person did an act of kindness or just had smile on their face, the world would be a completely different place," said one of the employees. Discuss