Know and Believe (An Urgent Prayer Need!)

I remember the first time I heard about this family. I was told they were new to MPC and that “we” weren’t sure if they were even Believers. A couple of the ladies from this family showed up to our Ladies’ Retreat and I quickly figured out…these ladies were most assuredly “Sisters!” They knew their Savior – more than knew Him, had a history with Him. “Blessed assurance, Jesus (was theirs)!”

I remember the first time I sat down to a meal with this family. What I thought was a family of four turned into a family of five. Then, this immediate family of five added grandparents and two brothers with their wives to the table (and that wasn’t all of them!), along with this Minister’s family with, at that time, four children. The kitchen/dining room was packed with two or three tables, too many chairs, and all these people with all this love, both spoken and unspoken. I was smitten and so thankful that this family was now part of “our” family.

This morning I received a message from my husband that a terrible, unthinkable, and unbelievable thing happened in the middle of the night to one of those brothers. He got up to do what so many of us do every night, get a drink of water, and tripped and fell down the stairs. Layton Gaskie is currently in ICU, suffering a severe brain injury, and fighting for his life. The next few days are very critical both in the physical world and, I believe, in the spiritual world.


As I was praying for Layton and his family today, I couldn’t help but be reminded of all the blog posts I have read recently of how God is performing miracles every day in Africa and in Honduras and in Indonesia. And I couldn’t help but think God is no respecter of persons. Isn’t a man lying in a hospital bed, living in America, on the continent of North America, just as important and loved by God as the many who are dying in other countries and on other continents? Ofcourse he is! And isn’t our God able to perform miracles right here because nothing is impossible with God!

So, I reiterate: the next few days are very critical…in the spiritual world…on behalf of Layton Gaskie! I believe the heavens can be shaken by the prayers of God’s people. I believe God can and will completely heal and restore Layton; I will pray it and believe it until He moves me to pray differently. I am asking any and all of you who read this to join us in fighting for Layton and his wife Erin and his extended family on our knees!

We so often speak Truthful claims about God without believing them. Well, I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able, to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him until that day! Commit Layton Gaskie and his family to God and know beyond a shadow of a doubt Who you believe and that He is able!

One Reply to “Know and Believe (An Urgent Prayer Need!)”

  1. I had the pleasure of knowing Layton in grade school in Decatur, Tx. I didnt know him well but remember a birthday party where he had a hay ride for all of us. I remember learning what the word popular meant and how the bible said we should act towards others. I remember thinking that Layton was what the bible described when it describes pure hearted good people. The last time I remember seeing him was in 4th grade and I remember staring thinking I hope people see me the way I see him. Then one day he had moved away and no one could tell me where or why. All these years I have been amazed at the impact he had on me without ever really knowing him more than the couple of words you could get him to say. Today I have three boys and my third son is named after Layton in hopes that the name will be some kind of blessing to my son. I decided to try to find him inline again and found he passed. This breaks my heart but I wanted the family to know the impact he had on at least one stranger.

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