Dan Burke

by Dan Burke


What happens when you don't pray?

During my hospitalization for Covid-19, I agreed to participate in a clinical trial to test a treatment that could be effective for those suffering from the virus. I made my last visit to the clinic today for the trial. They drew about eight vials of blood and asked me several questions.

As we were talking, the nurse revealed that two other patients had agreed to the trial at the same time (we were all admitted within that same timeframe). I was deeply troubled to learn that one of those patients died (God rest their soul), and the other is still in the hospital. She was encouraged that they had at least one patient who had survived. For perspective, the reason that we were all in the study together is that we were all high-risk patients with specific underlying issues in common. Statistically, 80% of those who get intubated (go on a ventilator) don't survive. With the underlying issues at play, the death rate is probably much higher, which means I didn't have much of a chance of survival, humanly speaking anyway. 

Why am I writing this? Because I am firmly convinced that I would not be alive without your prayers.

This is important — pay close attention. Yes, it was clearly God's will that I live, and I know that because I am alive. So, the outcome God desired was that I live. The means He also required was your cooperation. Said another way, God's desired end was that I live. His chosen means to achieve that end were your prayers.

So then, what happens when you don't pray?

Exactly nothing.

If you don't cooperate with God and intercede when called to do so, the graces that should have come through your "yes" are blocked by your "no." Even Jesus was unable to do miracles in his home town because of unbelief (Matthew 13:58). Unbelief is a "no" to God that stifles our faith and prayer and dries up the grace that God desires to pour out upon us.

This is why, when someone says, "I prayed for you", I respond, "Thank you. I am alive because you prayed and God answered your prayers." Every time I say it, I mean it from the depths of my being. 

Please continue to pray for the victims of Covid-19, abortion, and the sins of men in and outside of the Church. In particular, please pray against those sins that I am convinced brought about this suffering — the sins of the laity against the Lord and His people in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass — the sins of sacrilege, the sins of irreverence, the sins of desecration, the sins rooted in our ignorance and worship of our preference over honoring God. 

With your prayers, God will move. Without them, far less grace will rain down on those who need it. Without your prayers, the Church will continue to slide into apostasy. With your prayers, your reparation, your repentance, we can and will be revived and renewed.


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  • Diana von Glahn (AV1-M)

    Diana von Glahn (AV1-M)

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder or the power of prayer. Of our prayers. I know i speak for all of us when I say, I am so glad you survived. Thank you, Jesus.
  • Cathy Trowbridge

    Cathy Trowbridge

    I am moved by how much God opens relationships with Him and others when I “cooperate” in prayer. I would have never thought of it that way, but in placing myself in a pause, speaking to the Lord with petition, both He and the asker become personal and intimate with me. Compassion and charity flow, and I forget self. I accept God’s will, but being part of the means of His grace; well that just draws me closer to His feet. Thank you Dan for trusting, surrendering and fighting. I pray with you now for our church, it’s shepherds to do the same-To cooperate with the sufferings of all the people away from the Holy Eucharist and all the previous irreverence. May God have mercy.
  • Graciela Guthrie

    Graciela Guthrie

    I give thanks to God for the miracle of your life and for the new zeal that is so evident He poured into you! I can definitely sense a change! You were very good before but the way you speak now is as if your mission/purpose had been clarified and new courage was infused! I'll continue my prayers for you and Stephanie!
  • Julia Price

    Julia Price

    Why are those particular sins on your heart and not for instance the sin of abortion or mass apostasy?
  • Dan Burke

    Dan Burke

    @Julia - my goal wasn't to make a complete list of sins - I did mention "Sins of men in and outside of the Church.". That said, the greatest and most grave sins we commit are those against the Lord in worship and these are the specific sins I believe brought about this pandemic - at least those that the Lord has called me to speak about.
  • Kelly Oliver

    Kelly Oliver

    I am coming to understand that to participate in prayer (to cooperate), intercessory prayer is more than powerful it is so necessary. I thank God that you are healing, and that Stephanie is too.
  • Brenda Conyers

    Brenda Conyers

    I heard you speak earlier this week about this very thing. You really convicted me. I am sorry to confess I was angry at Priests and hierarchy for the damage to the Church. It did not occur to me to look in the mirror. I, too, am part of the problem. I am guilty of not showing the respect that I should to our Lord at Mass,. I am guilty of complaining and not praying. And I am guilty of sewing distrust instead of encouraging others to pray and fast for Mother Church. Thank you for speaking out honestly.
  • Laura Parisi

    Laura Parisi

    This is such a beautiful and encouraging sharing about the power of prayer. It is a great mystery, but God desires our cooperation to bring about His Will. Otherwise, why would He have asked us to pray? Praise God that you have recovered. Clearly, God has more work for you to for His Church. Thank you for your testimony and ministry.
  • Diana von Glahn (AV1-M)

    Diana von Glahn (AV1-M)

    @Brenda, I'm glad you said that. :) Amen. Me too.
  • Lady Carmel Cole

    Lady Carmel Cole

    Thank you Dan. Your message is a powerful witness for God and everyone. I'm so glad you recovered! I'm sorry to hear about the third patient, who has the same underlying issues like yours, but died of Covid 19. Prayer for that person, may he rest in peace. Praying for the person who is still in the hospital. Will also continue praying for Church and for revival and renewal of the laity. Praise the Lord! Saint Mark (his feastday today), pray for us!




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