Prayer & Answers
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
I am one who has witnessed answered prayer. I have watched God at work in my life and other's lives for many years. It is something that I love every time I know it to be true.
Today, I prayed a prayer: Awesome Father, we want to ask you why? So, I'm going to ask you, Why? I don't understand your love language, but I trust your plan. I don't understand the pain, but I feel your healing hand. I don't understand the test, but I trust your answer. God, we lift ????? to you as we have done for so long, for earthly healing. I know they have eternal joy headed their way, we, as Believers all do, but God, I want them to proclaim your healing power in this journey while on earth. It may seem selfish, I'll claim selfish, and I'm seeking your power to ZAP cancer out of their body. Continue to use them in this ministry song. Give their family the strength and hope that only comes through Jesus Christ, your love song to us. In His name, I pray and lift ????? to you. Amen
After I had typed out this prayer, I sat down to read a book I have recently started. In reading about Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, God spoke clearly my answer.
The messenger found Jesus there and conveyed the news about the illness.
When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death." John 11:4
Only our God who knows the future could offer such hope.
The story would end well, as His would in a few days.
Jesus was assuring His people that God the Father would be with them through the painful days. In this life and all its difficulties, he will make the journey worthwhile.
"No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it." John 11:4
It is deeply comforting to know that sickness, even death, is purposeful.
We, the followers of Jesus, know that our momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
What they clung to and what we must cling to, as well, is the Lord's immeasurable and unconditional love.
God's love for us is not a one-time thing but an all-time thing.
We are a chosen love of Jesus. He has made an eternal investment in His relationship with us.
His friendship is deeper, closer and more tender still, in which all believers share.
His love is our lifeline.
In our darkest moments, when we cry out to God and wonder if he is listening. He often whispers, Wait. It is a hard word to hear, but comforting, too, in that it means that He is there with us. He has the plan even if it isn't what we might envision. He is with us. We must trust. We must feel His presence. We must know that we are being used in His plan to glorify Jesus.
Right there in just a few pages was my answer to why. A simple reminder.
Fresh Find: (The Women of Easter by Liz Curtis Higgs excerpts used above) Here is the book.