Chris Pratt took to his 3.58 million Twitter followers with a bold prayer request after fan Spencer Hodnett reached out to Pratt about his 4-year-old son suffering from brain cancer.
Knowing that the power of prayer saved his own son, Pratt responded to the fan’s request by encouraging others to join him in prayer, because “this boy Sam needs a miracle.”
His initial tweet has been liked over 11,000 times, and retweeted more than 2,000. Pratt then followed up with a prayer of his own:
Pratt and his wife, Anna Faris, had a season full of prayers back in 2012 when their son was born prematurely. He spent more than a month in intensive care. Pratt told People Magazine:
“We were scared for a long time. We prayed a lot.…It restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really redefined it. The baby was so beautiful to us, and I look back at the photos of him and it must have been jarring for other people to come in and see him, but to us he was so beautiful and perfect.”
Though many fans responded in love and poured their hearts out in prayer for the young cancer fighter, there seemed to be an equal amount of backlash from people who were disgusted that Pratt would trust prayer over science.
Below are just a few of the responses from frustrated fans.
Wow. This is something that really saddens my heart. Not that we are to glorify celebrities every time they tweet about prayer or God, but it’s pretty disheartening to see Pratt shamed so harshly for doing something the Bible calls us to do.
Especially considering the state of our broken world presently, there’s nothing we need more than prayer.
This example marks the fair-weather Christianity our world seems to be gravitating toward. Today’s society is increasingly ready to come to God in extreme circumstances when we actually “need” Him, but outside of that, we tend to shut him out—when medicine, or our own hard work can do the job.
Natural disasters, mass shootings and terrorist attacks apparently all warrant unified public prayer. Nobody responds hatefully to those memes. But when a father asks for prayer for his dying son, that’s not okay? I’m not saying that the marvels of modern medicine aren’t amazing, but the glory goes to the God who created science. Science cannot save us, but it is also not in opposition to the mysterious ways that our Creator works in our world.
As once stated by the great scientist Matthew Maury, “The Bible is true and science is true, and therefore each, if truly read, but proves the truth of the other.”
With that being said, my prayers are up for this little cancer fighter, that the doctors may carry out the work of the true Great Physician. Will you join me?