Living on a Prayer

You might remember reading about young (at the time he was 27) Aron Ralston.

While “canyoning” in Utah in May, 2003, a boulder fell and trapped his right arm. After 4 days Aron did the unthinkable and cut off his arm to save himself.

When interviewed days later after his rescue, he made frequent references to prayer and spirituality in his news conference. He said he felt a surge of energy on the third day, which happened to be the National Day of Prayer.

Still later, in another interview Aron was asked ‘who he thought answered his prayer for deliverance”. He replied: “It was God that spoke to me and gave me the opportunity, and I took the action to be able to get myself out of there. So it was the combined forces of faith and free will.”

Aron’s survival is undoubted a miracle but also a strong lesson that even in the midst of darkness there is hope for those who persevere through unthinkable odds.

Romans 5:3-4
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

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29 Responses to “Living on a Prayer”

  1. noel says:

    it is indeed an inspiration… Prayer really works…

  2. Edith says:

    God Is So Good! He answers prayers.

  3. This only shows how the word of our precious Father in heaven becomes alive in us, where he said that he would never leave us nor forsake us, in our time of need. Jesus is real, is alive and is coming back for his bride. Praise God

  4. Sandra says:

    God is always there and answers our prayers – prayer changes things – with God all things are possible

  5. Mary Little says:

    What an awesome story. Just to have the faith, the love, and to “KNOW GOD, NO FEAR. Thank God, HE is ALWAYS with us. Just ASK and Thou Shall Receive. Thank God, our Father the Almighty, Jesus, our Savior, and the Holy Ghost to lead and guide us through each day.

  6. Anthonia says:

    Aron, it is a good thing you share this story with us. I thank God for your miraculous rescue, and i pray that you should continue to find strengh in Him.
    May God our merciful Father always be with you.

  7. Faith is not just believing that God can; It is knowing that God will. Just by knowing that He will never leave us comfortless or foraske us, is what gives us the will to hold on.
    I trust this will be a great inspiration to those who are weak. those who thing they should let go. Quitters or not winners , neither are winners quitters.

  8. Faith is not just believing that God can; It is knowing that God will. Just by knowing that He will never leave us comfortless or foraske us, is what gives us the will to hold on.
    I trust this will be a great inspiration to those who are weak. those who think they should let go. Quitters or not winners , neither are winners quitters.

  9. Greg says:

    Amazing!!! WOW could YOU have survived this ordeal?

  10. Annie says:

    How did he know what to do? He knew what could have happened otherwise.This shows that Life can go on whenn you have the desire and mental strenght to LIVE!
    I wish Aron a life full of happiness!

  11. Greg Castro says:

    Faith, Perseverance,and other proven beliefs when entered in our minds and or reprogram our old convictions, will assume a major part of our lives. Then we see the light.

  12. Jackie says:

    That was very inspiring for me, being a believer, having full faith in God, experiencing joy & exhilaration on your way up on the mountains doesn’t mean that there won’t be days when you’re down into the valley of death; experiencing pain, agony, loneliness…but how it’s inspiring to know that someone’s prayer could support you…how inspiring to realize that God with his love & care can turn this pain into an astonishing momentum that could push you forward faster than you could have thought!!
    “The Lord is my shepherd…. even when I must walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me….. Surely your goodness and faithfulness will pursue me all my days” (Psalm 23)

  13. Anita Marie says:

    Praise God for His love, guidance and comfort. This story has
    inspired me this day. I needed a swift reminder that God has always been there for me. I must let him in, and let His works be my shield.
    Banish fears and anxieties, and truly walk in faith.

  14. There is no doubt about the value of prayer in
    healing physical and mental conditions.I had read
    that,in a hospital,a study was carried out where
    patients, with same medical condiction, were separated
    in two equal groups.One group was prayed for and the other did not.The result was that, after so many days,
    the first group recovered much faster and better.

  15. Julia Pride says:

    Our Lord spared your life for a reason so live it like he wants you to. May God be with you always.

  16. Alicia Alvarado says:

    God is good all the time, all the time God is good!! This is the power of prayer and yes, this is a miracle. God bless you abundantly Aaron!!

  17. Margaret says:

    What a mircle,God is good,always God is good,praise the Lord,God bless you Aaron!!

  18. Marge says:

    What a Miracle! God is our healer and answeres all our prayers.Amen

  19. Sr. Amy says:

    Mighty and powerful is our God. He does great wonders in our lives… PRAISES AND GLORY TO HIS NAME FOREVER!

  20. christine says:

    Aaron may the blessings of Almighty God remain with you always. And may your lips continue to praise him all the days of your life. Our God is awesome.

  21. carolyne says:

    Its indeed a miracle,as the bible says ‘And all things,whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer,believe,and ye shall receive’.God bless you Aron

  22. blessing says:

    God preserved your life for a purpose,i hope you will live your life in fulfillment of that purpose. God bless you Aaron

  23. rodferminphotos says:

    What a spectacular victory over an extra-ordinary ordeal through FAITH & HUMAN DECISION EXECUTED AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE CREATOR. Yes, Aron…everyone’s right in saying that HE has a great purpose why you survived. HE needs your cooperation to become HIS instrument in spreading HIS WORD!!! Godbless, brother!

  24. Jeanette says:

    As I watched this video, I could not imagine the pain and suffering this young endured.
    But praise God, He is our deliverer, our mighty shield.
    God continually bless this young man,

  25. carolyn dickson says:

    if you need help where ever or when ever there is no one better to turn to than ourLORD AND FATHER JESUS CHRIST. HE is there for us always no matter what the circumstances. you only have to read your bible to see that. HE is the only one that can perform miracles which the bible tells HE has done time and time again.

  26. Steve says:

    I gotta wonder, why is it when you hear about a Christians life, it seems that we are the ones suffering the worst of the worst tragedies ever!! Want to hear sad stories? Just walk into any Christian Church!

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