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Singer Sarah Davison: What My Health Battles Taught Me About the Power of Prayer

Sarah Davison

It’s easy to find books, sermons, and podcasts about the power of prayer. But experiencing it in your daily life? That’s another story—one that Gospel singer Sarah Davison is grateful to have lived.

Davison grew up in a small Iowa town of around 150 people. And yet even in that tiny town, she saw the power of prayer through her parents’ lives.

“Both of my parents really are just prayer warriors,” she tells Answers in Genesis. “And I saw from a very young age the power of God in my parents’ lives.”

Seeing her parents’ example led Davison to give her life to the Lord in junior high school and, later on in college, to get baptized.

When she moved to Nashville to pursue a singing career, it was everything she had hoped. She attended Belmont University’s School of Music, met the women who are now her fellow bandmates and, with them, formed High Road, an award-winning, all-female group.

Life was going great for Davison—until the health issues started.

Where Is God During Health Battles?

In February 2017, Davison underwent surgery at Nashville Hospital after consulting with her doctor, reported JubileeCast at the time.

Thankfully, the surgery went well, but it was still a scary time for Davison. Through it all, the feeling of uncertainty plagued her. She thought she was walking in the center of God’s will, so why was this happening to her? Why was her band having to cancel tour dates they worked so hard to get? Would she physically recover enough to sing again?

“It was a really scary time for me personally, and with my faith” Davison tells Answers in Genesis. “But I have never felt the power of prayer like I felt during those weeks when I was at rock bottom. I could physically feel people praying for me, and I’ll never forget that feeling.

“I knew that God was there with me in that hospital bed, and He gave me the peace that passed my own understanding.”

Up until that time, she says, she had been talking the talk, but in that hospital bed, she was forced to walk it out. Her faith was put to the test, and through of the power of prayer, she overcame.

Anatomy of a Prayer Warrior

It’s easy to think that powerful prayers come from a select few, like longtime pastors, brave missionaries, or renowned evangelists.

But James 5:16-18 says, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.”

So what does it take to pray powerful prayers—prayers that carry people through hard times or even cause the clouds to produce rain?

Davison says it begins with simply trusting that God’s plan is perfect, better than any plan we could create for ourselves.

“And dying to yourself is a big part of that, surrendering to what He wants in your life,” she adds. “When you come humbly before God, He recognizes that. It’s really easy to treat God like a spare tire and just call out His name when we need Him and forget about Him when everything’s going well. But humbling yourself during those good moments really grows you as a person and helps you learn to thank Him in good times as well as the bad.”

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