REFLECTION: “90 Minutes in Heaven”

“90 Minutes in Heaven”.  That title immediately captured my attention as my eyes landed on it’s book cover.  Perhaps many readers would be intrigued, moved and focused on Don Piper’s experience in Heaven, however, while I am still living on planet earth, my focus remains on the circumstances that took place during and after his momentary “experience” in Heaven.

Dick, a Pastor who was caught up in the traffic caused by a truck and car collision, was told that “the man in the red car is deceased.”  Nevertheless, he relentlessly persisted and finally he was given permission to pray for the man.

“He began praying for me.  As he said later, “I felt compelled to pray.  I didn’t know who the man was or whether he was a believer.  I knew only that God told me I had to pray for him.”

“As Dick prayed, he became quite emotional and broke down and cried several times.  Then he sang.  Dick had an excellent voice and often sang publicly.  He paused several times to sing a hymn and then went back to prayer.”

“Not only did Dick believe God had called him to pray for me but he prayed quite specifically that I would be delivered from unseen injuries, meaning brain and internal injuries.”

“This sounds strange, because Dick knew I was dead.  Not only had the police officer told him but he also had checked for a pulse.  He had no idea why he prayed as he did, except God told him to.  He didn’t pray for the injuries he could see, only for the healing of internal damage.  He said he prayed the most passionate, fervent, emotional prayer of his life.  As I would later learn, Dick was a highly emotional man anyway.”

“Then he began to sing again.  ‘O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.’  The only thing I personally know for certain about the entire event is that as he sang the blessed old hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” I began to sing with him.

“In that first moment of consciousness, I was aware of two things.  First, I was singing – a different kind of  singing than the tones of heaven – I heard my own voice and then became aware of someone else singing.”

“The second thing I was aware of was that somene clutched my hand.  It was a strong, powerful touch and the first physical sensation I experienced with my return to earthly life.”

Don continues…“Without question, I am still alive because people prayed for me, beginning with Dick Onereckerand other people around the country, many of whom I’ve never met.”

Imagine that, had Dick not been obedient to the call of the Father to pray, Don Piper would not have lived to
tell his story!

“That’s perhaps the biggest miracle: People prayed and God honored their prayers.”…”I attribute leaving ICU alive to the prayers of David Gentiles and the others.  ‘We’re taking over from here.  You don’t have to do a thing to survive.  We’re gong to pray you through this….I knew I wasn’t going to die.  God’s people wouldn’t let me.”

Although I automatically pray when a request comes to my attention, this incident hightens my desire to pray more fervently and extensively when a prayer request arrives.

There are times when the ill cannot request prayers for themselves and so family and friends make a plea on their behalf… “A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.  So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing  to him a paralytic, carried by four of them.  Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.   When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ …He said to the paralytic, ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’   He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.   This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’ (Mark 2:1-12)

May the Father move us to pray fervently for each other.

God bless,

Melissa – August 15, 2010

One Response to “REFLECTION: “90 Minutes in Heaven””

  1. Jack Lofaso says:

    I do believe in God. Thank you for this amazing online post.

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