God's Miraculous Touch
Welcome to another week on the blog! Today's Miracle Monday is Sister Teresa Pandone's testimony of how God worked in her family during an extended period of fasting and prayer (approximately 2 years!).
My husband, Don, and I nurtured and trained our children in the ways of God. Our son, Michael, attended church until he was 18 and then decided he wanted his own apartment, and for the next eight years, Michael did not attend church.
He had knowledge of God but allowed Satan's temptations to lure him into sin. My heart ached. My prayers were diligent for Michael for six years, but there was no change in his life. I was inspired to read Alma 6:6 one day regarding fasting and prayer. I decided that I would fast and pray for Michael, which I did for a period of 18 months.
I saw no change in Michael. The realization came that Michael was seeing my hurt and abhorrence of his sin but not the deep love I had for him. I prayed diligently that the Lord would enable me to convey this love. One day, Michael visited, and I was able to confess my deep love for him. God answered my prayer.
Time passed, and I poured out my heart to God asking that He would trouble Michael's soul and draw Michael to Him. I had been fasting and praying for approximately 1.5 years, and I was ready to do whatever the Lord requested of me.
One Sunday, a brother spoke of one who fasted and prayed for three days. I felt such a conviction. That evening, I knelt in prayer and told the Lord I didn't think I could fast and pray for three days, but I wanted to do His will.
That week as I was reading the Book of Mormon, I was directed to the story of the sons of Mosiah and their persecution of the saints. After Alma was struck, the people fasted and prayed for two days and nights and moved the hand of God. I felt a conviction that I am unable to put into words.
My prayers were diligent and I fasted two days for Michael. I begged the Lord to move upon my son and trouble his soul, but I did not want the Lord to chastise him. I loved my son too much. I had complete confidence that God would move upon him in His perfect wisdom. I knew without a doubt He would do His work, but I also knew it would be Michael's decision to accept or reject the Lord. I continued to fast every week.
Shortly after, Michael began to visit more often. One day, he said he quit doing something he felt was wrong. In September 1986, he helped Don and me paint the house (this was not the norm). One Sunday, Michael visited the Warren Branch and the following weekend he attended the Ohio Area MBA Campout. Michael was attending church every Sunday now. My heart was filled with gratitude to God.
I knew without a doubt that God brought this about because of my diligence in fasting and prayer for Michael. Over the years, I had been sharing my concern for Michael with a sister. One day, when I was telling her of my conviction about fasting and prayer, she answered, "I know, Sister Teresa, because God revealed it to me in a dream." This was the confirmation of what God caused me to feel.
We were seeing a lot of Michael now and sharing wonderful blessings. One evening as we sat in our living room, God showed me that this was the proper time to tell Michael how I had been fasting and praying for two years. He cried. Michael said God had given him dreams of the sins he had committed, and they troubled him greatly because of his knowledge of God. The dreams occurred repeatedly, each one of a different sin. He knew that God was working with him.
One Sunday morning, I dreamed I was sitting in church and a quiet voice from the rear of the building said, "I want to be baptized." It was Michael's voice. I awoke filled with hope. Michael didn't ask for his baptism that Sunday, but the following Sunday, we attended the GMBA Conference. At the close of the service, the young people went forward to sing. While they were singing, Michael was touched by God's Holy Spirit and requested baptism. To God be the glory!
My experience regarding my son is a message to be shared with my Church family. Since this experience appeared in the Gospel News in 1987, others have been positively affected, have fasted and prayed for their own, and have witnessed God's changing power. It's been over 23 years, and I am still approached by others regarding this experience.
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