Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them].
Jeremiah 33:3 – Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
We’re told from an early age that God always answers prayers, and I believe that – I do, but why when we are faced with a personal challenge or given a request to pray for are we skeptical that it will really get answered? Why do we think we have to try to “help” God fix the issue or problem? Why can’t I just sit back and let God do what He does best – care for His children in the BEST possible way one can be cared for?
Back in April, a friend asked a group of moms in our Bible Study to pray for her mother-in-law – she was given the devastating blow of being diagnosed with lung cancer, and it was bad! More importantly, she was not saved. I began praying that Lord would not so much heal her body as heal her heart. Bible study ended for the year in May. I didn’t see my friend over the summer but continued to pray for her mother-in- law every time she came to mind. With the new school year in full swing, Bible study started back up; and last week she mentioned that she would be going to stay with her mother-in-law for eleven days. It was not good – she was going fast and was very sick. She still had not received Christ. I knew in my heart that God could save her, but for some reason I just felt it wouldn’t happen having heard of other attempts the family had made to witness and show her Jesus. My friend left on Thursday of this past week – she has kept us up to date in our group on Facebook – asking prayer specifically in the wee hours of Sunday morning for peace and strength as her mother-in-law was really battling this illness. She didn’t seem to be coherent. Again, every time my friend came to mind, I prayed for all involved…she was heavy on my heart all day Sunday and Monday. Last night I noticed a notification on my phone from her and immediately thought her mother-in-law had passed away, and my heart sank…I opened the post, and this is the phrase I saw – “WE HAVE A PROFESSION OF FAITH!” I was SOOOO excited…With tears in my eyes, I ran to tell my husband the great news. She will soon meet our wonderful Savior in person ~ I can’t imagine the reunion that awaits!
Since then I haven’t been able to get this thought off my mind…why am I so surprised when God answers prayers? Why was my first thought when I got that notification that she had passed into eternity without knowing Jesus? Is my faith so small that I pray yet don’t believe what Jesus promises me in Mark and Jeremiah? “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them]. Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
Today I’m believing that God will do great and mighty things…even in the things that seem impossible to me. He can make wonderful things happen when I let go and stop trying to help – He WANTS to show me just how GREAT He really is!! What is it with you today – finances, family problems, sickness, job? Whatever it is…Call on Jesus believing and wait for Him to do the unthinkable!