Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and may find grace to help in time of need.” “Pray without ceasing,” 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
Psalm 62:5, “My soul wait thou only upon God for my expectation is from him.” No matter what you think prayer is, it is first and foremost talking to God. So often in the Christian life we talk to everyone but God. In reality, God is the only one who can supply our every need.
I learned in a few months ago that seven of my family members were coming home from the mission field in Brazil to visit their churches that support them. They will arrive in Virginia Beach on June 9 and depart June 30. Obviously, I was excited at the prospect of seeing my sister and her family again. They have been in Brazil for forty plus years; thus we have not spent much time together. They asked if my husband and I would take care of their housing for a month. There would be seven adults; this would be a major task.
My husband and I talked about it, and we decided that God is able, and we would ask Him and Him alone to provide the housing. Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” This was our promise from God. We began to pray that God would provide this very special need. I want to say that it is both fun and challenging when one is expecting God to answer prayer. We are told in Mark 11:24,”…when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
There were actually two families involved in it; so it would be wonderful to have at least four bedrooms. We knew they would be willing to adjust to whatever conditions they met. But we wanted God to do this. It was not for us to figure out. It was our delightful duty to trust him.
We shared the specific need with our pastor, Dr. James Baker, and a handful of believers telling them that we just wanted to get out of the way and let God work. That way He would get all the glory. When God does something, you cannot improve upon it. In March, we ask the church to join us in prayer.
By the end of March, the Lord had provided a house through a wonderful family in our church. I am so thankful the Lord provided. I am also thankful for this family that was willing to give to meet this need.
Now I turn to you, dear reader. I told the above story to give glory to God and to challenge you in your prayer life to trust Him. There is the daily need to take it to the Lord and leave it there. 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him for he careth for you.” There’s a prayer answering promise from God.