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Answered Prayer

praying hands bibleAs I mentioned in an earlier post, Overwhelmed, Robert and I both eventually reached out and asked for prayers after finding out Robert’s new kidney was being rejected.  Several friends and family had asked if they could add our prayer requests to prayer chains they were a part of.  Of course we said ‘yes’.  As far as I’m concerned prayer could only help, not hurt.  There were people all over the country praying for Robert the family and I.

Some were prayers for Robert and I to be filled with God’s peace as we waited for the day of the biopsy.  Others were for God to have His hand over all the details of the biopsy and for all to go well.  There were prayers for God to guide the hands of the doctor performing the procedure.  Many prayed for Robert and I to rest in the fact that God had it all under control.  Some prayed for the results of the biopsy.  Prayers the doctor would be told Robert’s kidney was healthy and it had not been affected by the rejection which had begun. trust & believe

I prayed for similar things but in a slightly different way.  I told God I knew how awesome and powerful He was.  I knew He could do anything and nothing was impossible for Him.  I believed God would protect the kidney Robert recently received.  I asked God for the doctors to be baffled by the results of the biopsy because it would show no damage having occurred.  I was asking God for a miracle because I knew He could do it!

At 9 o’clock on a Friday night, eight days after the procedure, which felt like a month, Robert received a call from the doctor.  While he was talking to the doctor on the phone, I couldn’t tell if it was good news or bad.  Robert had very little to say.  I think Robert was speechless.  The doctor was telling him the results showed the kidney had suffered NO DAMAGE!  They thought they mixed the results up with another patient because it didn’t make sense.  They were expecting to see damage.  The point of the biopsy was to find out how much damage had occurred, not if there was damage.

Keep Calm Powerful GodOur specific prayers, that were expected to be answered in a mighty and awesome way, were.  I wish I could personally thank and hug each and every person who has been praying for me and my family.  It means more than I can express with words.

All week I’ve been sharing, with anyone who would listen, how awesome God is and how He answered our prayers.  By sharing, I hope to encourage others to reach out to God with their requests.  I believe God will reveal Himself to those who do, in a wonderful way.  I believe God does answer EVERY prayer.  We might not get the exact answer we’re hoping for, but God will answer.  We must trust that God’s plans for us are far greater than anything we could imagine or hope for.

Do you pray for things in general or are you specific with details when talking to God?  Has God answered a specific prayer of yours?  If He has, I encourage you to share.  It’s encouraging to others and helps you remember the power of God and how much He loves you.

My prayer for us today ~ Lord, thank you for the gift of prayer.  May we take time, throughout each day, to be more specific when lifting up our prayers to You, whether it be praise, thanksgiving or requests, Amen


Invite HIM

Over the past few years I’ve heard different people say “Isn’t it wonderful when God shows up?” and my answer use to always be “Yes, God is good!”.   Well, a few weeks ago I heard it again.  “Isn’t it wonderful when God shows up?”  This time my normal response, “Yes, God is good” didn’t seem right.  All I could do was smile.

As I walked away, I asked myself why that question seemed so wrong.  I mean, it’s wonderful when we see God working throughout our day, right?  Wasn’t that what was being expressed?  I use to think that’s all it was. Simply expressing how excited you were to see God working.  But, that’s not what that statement says.  It says ….when God shows up.  As if He wasn’t already there.  Like He decided to be there and suddenly reveal Himself to you.

Deuteronomy 31:6 says ‘….., for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.’ 

So it’s not correct to say ‘God showed up’ because he’s always there.  The Holy Spirit is always with us and in us.  God goes with us and will never leave us.  God is with you while driving to work, taking the kids to school, sleeping, grocery shopping and even when arguing with someone.

That got me thinking.  Why do we sense God more at different times of our day, week, month or life?  Then I remembered something my dear friend Martha use to always ask me, “Did you invite God in?”

pray continuallyHow do we continually invite God in?  1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “pray continually”

As we go through each day we need to remember God is there with us and He is waiting for us to invite Him in.  God loves us and desires to help us through our circumstances.

Last week my oldest daughter, Ashley, came up to me upset.  She had a rough couple of weeks at school.  She just started college and was thinking she might have made the wrong choice in schools and programs.  I tried to reassure her and tell her she was in the best place because I saw God’s hand in all the planning and timing of her getting where she was.  Unfortunately, I’m mom, and don’t know what I’m talking about.  I tried to think of what else I could do to reassure her, but knew nothing I did or said would help the situation.  I then quietly, in my head, asked God for help.  I prayed for God to help Ashley realized she was exactly where she belonged.

I then suggested she go to her school to talk with her counselor and explain what she was unsure of and why.  She asked me to go so I did, but just for support.  I continued to pray during the drive that God would help Ashley understand she was in the right place.  When we arrived we were able to sit down with a counselor right away.  Ashley asked me to go in with her.  I know she was nervous.  The conversation between Ashley and the counselor was amazing.  I knew God was leading it.  Every word the counselor said was exactly what Ashley needed to hear and exactly how she needed to hear it.  I Praised and thanked God continually during the conversation.  I invited God in, instead of trying to figure out how to make Ashley happy myself.  Ashley is now at peace with where she is and what she’s doing.

Isn’t it amazing when we invite God in?your invited

My prayer for us today ~ Lord, we thank you for walking along side us and pray we learn to invite You in to all our circumstances, Amen

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