When actress and producer Roma Downey began pre-production for her new TLC series "Answered Prayers," she said that her team scoured the country in search of stories about miracles and divine intervention — and that the response was absolutely incredible.
"Within days, our inboxes were exploding, as thousands of people wrote us telling us of the ways in which God had clearly and supernaturally intervened in their lives," she told TheBlaze. "There were documented accounts of people being healed of diseases, stories of supernatural provision."
Downey continued, "And [there was] story after story of people being saved from the brink of death by a person passing by who 'happened' to just have what they needed in their moment of crisis."
The "Touched By An Angel" actress, who also produced “The Bible,” “Son of God” and “A.D.” alongside husband Mark Burnett, said that the response was so stunning that it taught her a powerful lesson about the power of prayer.
"I’ve never been more convinced of God’s power and I’ve never been more convinced that he answers prayer," she said.
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Her new show recounts events that some believe are nothing short of miraculous — stories that Downey said carry an important reminder: "God is alive and at work in our lives for with Him 'all things are possible.'"
Downey, who also hosts "Answered Prayers," said that she's hoping the program — which premieres on TLC this Sunday at 10 p.m. ET — will inspire individuals and families to pray more.
"We make time for everything else in our lives, we won’t miss a meeting or a meal, we schedule time for the gym and tea with friends," she said. "We are committed to what is most important to us. I’m wondering if we can make more time to pray?"
As TheBlaze previously reported, the show will blend together interviews, reenactments and real footage to tell the stories of modern-day miracles that people say they have experienced, focusing on how faith has helped people through traumatic and heartbreaking scenarios.
One of the stories in the first episode surrounds an Indiana woman who believes that God once spoke to her and told her to protect her children from a storm that was coming. Just moments after she huddled her family in a closet, a tornado came ripping through her home.
The second story involves a little boy who had a horrific lawnmower accident. As his parents struggled with whether to amputate his leg, they asked God for a sign indicating what they should do. Then, their son saw something that they believe was an answer to their prayers.
Read more about the show here.