My Relief Society president asked if she might begin our visiting teaching interview with prayer. I expected her to ask for the presence of the Spirit as we discussed the needs of the sisters I visited. This she did, but then she proceeded to pray earnestly and specifically for me in the challenges I was facing—some of which she knew, others that she didn’t.
I cannot express the comfort and joy that filled my soul as I heard her pray for me. Outside my own family, I had never before heard someone pray for me in this way. I truly felt that my Relief Society president was inspired to convey the love and blessings of the Lord to me.
After I collected myself, we discussed the sisters for whom I had responsibility, and my leader compassionately encouraged me in my efforts to support one particular sister who was also experiencing difficulties.
I left this far-from-ordinary interview with a renewed hope for my own situation and a heightened sense of the importance of caring for others. While my family has always prayed for those we know are in need, now I do it more frequently and specifically in my individual prayers as well. I know from personal experience that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man [or woman] availeth much” (James 5:16).