Bobbie practiced praying for other members of her Doing What Jesus Did (DWJD) class at Northwoods. She specifically remembers being taught the acronym T.A.B.—Thank, Ask, Bless.
Little did she know her practice would be put to the test when she arrived at a local hospital to show support for a friend and his family as he faced open heart surgery. She planned to sit and wait with his loved ones, knowing it would be a long day for all.
What Bobbie didn’t know was that the Lord had much more for her to do that day.
Just before her friend was rolled away to the operating room, everyone gathered around him. There was a chaplain and a pastor in the group, but the friend looked at Bobbie and asked her to pray for him.
Bobbie was taken aback, and even suggested that the pastor should pray, but her friend said, “No, you’re my God-friend. I want you to pray over this!”
Bobbie quickly shot up a silent prayer: “Okay, God, you gotta help me with this. I’m not comfortable doing this in front of people.”
Bobbie began praying out loud for her friend and the words flowed from the mouth of God. When she finished, Bobbie felt “super blessed by the prayer” because she could hardly believe it came from her own mouth.
She looked at her friend’s wife, and she had tears in her eyes. The Lord had answered Bobbie’s silent plea for help. She had stepped out in faith and opened her mouth in obedience, and everyone present was touched by Bobbie’s prayer.
As they wheeled the patient away for surgery, Bobbie thought she and his family would settle in to the waiting room for the day. But the Lord wasn’t done with her yet! Another family was there for their grandmother’s surgery, and they had watched Bobbie pray.
“We just saw you pray with that family,” a lady said to her. “Would you pray with us, too?”
Bobbie stepped out again, and after the family briefed her on the situation, Bobbie prayed for them as well.
Bobbie sat down again, but it wasn’t for very long. Others began asking her for prayer. Before the day was over, she had prayed for five other families, including a child in surgery. While there were chaplains and pastors available, each family sought Bobbie first.
As she reflects on her experience that day at the hospital, Bobbi points to what is now her life verse. “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13