Surviving SIDS Through Prayer

Many people are quick to offer prayer when they hear of tragedy, such as a child dying of SIDS. Perhaps it's because we all know that it's going to take much more than our human efforts to bring comfort and healing to those who are so deeply suffering. We know it's going to take supernatural power to hold parents together when they suddenly and horrifyingly unexpectedly find their child lying lifeless in his/her crib.

It is encouraging to know that our prayers are not in vain. We have direct access to the God of the Universe when we pray, and His Word promises that when we pray, He hears- and answers- our prayers. Jesus said in John 14:13-14, "And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."

Sometimes our most genuine prayers are uttered in moments of deepest desperation. God never said that prayer needed to be eloquent and wordy. Simply mustering the ability to cry out, "Jesus!" is all it takes to get our Heavenly Father's attention. He knows what we need, and when we're willing to go to Him, He hears. He cares. And He answers.

God directly promises us in Jeremiah 33:3, "Call to me and I will answer you." I've never felt so strongly the presence of God with me than during the weeks and months following my son's death. I honestly believe it had to do with prayer. I'd never cried out to God like that in my entire life. I'd never questioned and doubted God so strongly, either. I'd come to a crisis of faith in my tragedy, and my decision to believe what I'd always professed I believed suddenly depended on God's ability to show me He was there and that He really would get me through this. Well, He did. Not because He was threatened by my doubts- but because He is a loving God who always answers us when we call out to Him. He is with us always, and as He promises in Deuteronomy 31:6, He will never leave us nor forsake us.

If you want someone to join you in praying for a miraculous healing in your broken heart and for God to walk with you through your grief to a place of hope and joy again, please email me at cheryl@sidsamerica.org. We have an entire prayer team who will be honored to pray with and/or for you.

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