Prayer

When God Doesn’t Answer Our Prayer

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One afternoon I went to town to run a couple of errands. One intersection that I had to cross is always bottle necked. When the light is green, the cars have to be ready to move because the light changes again very quickly, and if you don’t catch it, then you’ll have to sit for a while.

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gratitude · Prayer

I Prayed For Healing

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Here I sit in my quiet space while the fire and my Christmas tree are lit before me.  The glow that is emitted from them both doesn’t compare to what is radiating from my heart this night.  The overflowing emotion that has spilled out in a torrent of joyful tears in the past week is Gratitude.

Perhaps you’ve followed along here with the news that my mom was to have major surgery the day before Thanksgiving.  I didn’t share any details beforehand, but now that it’s behind us, I must share the background story so you’ll get a glimpse into the reason for my grateful heart.

In late September, my mom had Colitis that sent her to the emergency room.  While doing a scan, a mass was found.  A biopsy was taken at that time.  A couple weeks later I went with her to two appointments where the doctors dismissed the colon issues and were very somber about the mass.  The biopsy had come back inconclusive, leaving them very concerned about this softball-sized tumor.  The next step was an appointment set for her at a cancer center for a consultation.

Hearing the words “Mass” and “Cancer” is enough to make anyone quiver, and I felt my own emotions shaking like the  leaves that were hanging from the tree branches on that autumn day.  However, my mom was confident and calm, resting in a sovereign God who has her life – and her death, in His hands.  Peace emanated from her life and reminded me of Philippians 4:7 – “the peace that passes understanding.”

The oncologist told her the mass must be removed, spite her age. He explained that both ovaries would also be removed.  He went on to say that this is a tough surgery for any woman, and would be especially so for my mom, a woman in her early 80’s, but that he felt she was strong enough to endure it.  A surgery date was set for early November, but after several “events” happened with her, the date was set back to the 27th.  She would be in the hospital seven days, and possible rehab after that.  Now we had two months to think about this. 

Two months to wonder what the mass was. 

But also two months to PRAY for God to intervene.

I say this, not from pride, but as a testimony to my great God – the Lord would stir me in the middle of the night and I would feel so compelled to go to my place of prayer and pray.  I poured out my heart before Him as Scripture compels us to do.  I admitted that I was fearful.  I would have to confess my worry.  Then I also rehearsed some verses on prayer that I read, such as ~

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16

I prayed for a miracle.  I knew that every doctor was sure it was cancer, but I began pleading with the Lord to remove it, knowing that “nothing is too hard for Him!” I know that God hears the cry of His children and is very near in a time of trouble.  These verses are reminders that a person’s healing won’t always be here on this earth – God may choose to “deliver us from our trouble” by taking us home. Ultimate healing is promised every believer, but sometimes God heals here.  We see that evidenced over and over in God’s Word.  That was the answer for which I was praying. I’m leaving out so much as to why I was asking God for that, but it wasn’t just my own love for her…God knows the deeper reasons. I was also seriously asking for God’s will because I know that what He chooses to do is always what is best.  I knew that I could trust Him with the outcome.

Then came the surgery day.  While my mom was away with the medical staff, my family was gathered in the waiting area.  We stopped to pray in the middle of the surgery.

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After a two-hours in the operating room, the doctor came into the consultation room to comfort us with the news that she had done well during surgery and that they removed the mass and the ovaries…and that the mass was

BENIGN.

Benign!

No cancer!

We rejoiced and then we stopped to pray and thank God for His touch in her life.

That night after I returned to my parents home, I found a place to bow on my knees before the Lord to give Him thanks in private.  This is how I had come to Him over and over again in those two months.  I would be remiss not to do the same in order to thank Him for hearing my prayers.  I am nothing.  He is everything.

I acknowledge Him – my omnipotent God for His gracious kindness towards us. If God had allowed the cancer, He would still be good.  One day each of our lives will end and He knows when that time will be.  But for now, I know that He has ordained that my mom be given more days to serve Him and love Him.

He’s given me this day to praise Him, and I will!

The seven day hospital stay was a mere four day stay, and no rehab afterwards!  She was home Saturday night and has been recovering remarkably well, again, all because of a powerful God!

Through this whole trial, I have come to a greater love and longing for prayer.  How can I live one day without communing with God, sharing my heart, giving Him my burdens and watching what He can do? Oh, may I never forget the blessing of watching Him do the exceeding things that only He can do, all because we prayed.

Let me end by thanking many of my dear readers here who were praying for my mom’s surgery.  How that touched my heart!

Next week I’m going to address the subject that may be on your heart as you read this post – What About When God Doesn’t Answer Our Prayers?  

With a grateful heart,

denise a

Christian growth · Prayer

God’s Hand At the Window

This morning I rose and pulled back the curtain to see the new day – to see what was happening outside my window.  I wanted to see the brightness of the sun, the beauty of the morning and of the freshness of the new day.  It was easy – I just took my hand and pushed back the curtain.  Do you know that there are many times when God does the same thing for us so that we will be encouraged in prayer; so that we will see that He is indeed working on our behalf? I watched that happen this  past Sunday morning…

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Prayer

High Five for Prayer

Last week Whitney shared the explanation of High Five for Friday.  It’s a place where bloggers can list their posts listing five favorite things from the past week.  Today I’d like to do a little twist on that and have a High Five for Prayer.  I’d love to share with you answers to prayer in my personal life and give God the glory for all He has done!

  1. He has revealed Truth me that I needed to learn. During our recent week of evangelistic meetings, I woke up one morning just feeling out of sorts.  I got into the Word and had my prayer time in the morning but still had an uneasiness in my spirit.  As I went about my day, it was really troubling me and I asked the Lord, “Father, why am I like this from time to time?  What is causing this irritability in my spirit?”  It was later that night in the service that God used our evangelist to give me my answer.  It came from James 4 – When I’m want something that I’m not getting, I get irritable.  It could be I’m not getting my way, or I’m inconvenienced by someone, or slowed down on the Interstate.  God showed me so clearly the answer to the question I asked Him earlier.  I got it right and I thanked Him that He so graciously gave me my answer so quickly so I could win over this selfishness.  My God cares about my growth enough to answer my prayers regarding those very issues!
  2. I believe God brought healing to me.   I recently had a nasty lesion on my arm looked at by my dermatologist. Her immediate response was, “This concerns me greatly.” A biopsy was taken and a few days later they called to tell me it was a Squamous Cell Carcinoma and it would have to come off.  When I went to have the procedure done, the doctor entered the room and said that the biopsy was inconclusive and she wasn’t absolutely sure it was cancer.  When she did the “scrape and burn” procedure, it had no roots and didn’t look at all suspicious.  Praise His name!
  3. He clearly directed me in an important decision. When looking for direction about an opportunity to serve Him, I was totally unsure of what to do.  As I prayed God began to bring an answer to my heart using the preaching of His Word that I heard on a podcast.  I then had no doubt that God was opening this door for me, and I knew that the only way this could be accomplished was through His enabling!  He made it very clear that if I trusted Him He would equip me. It’s been a blessing to my heart because I know it is all of Him and none of me!!
  4. He provided a desire in my heart for a material thing I felt was a need.  I don’t know what I need, but my God does, so I prayed about something personal that I felt would help me, but there was the financial burden of it.  We had the money, but it was designated for other things.  I gave the matter to the Lord.   I told Him I only wanted His will, and if I was asking for something He knew would not be the best for me, to please not provide.  Later in the day my husband asked me if I had made an order.  I told him, “No. I didn’t feel like we could afford it.  The next minute I looked at my phone to see a text telling me that the price had been reduced by half!  It was totally in my range now and it was only by the graciousness of my God.  This is a “small” thing, but it’s huge because it was a clear reminder to me that God cares about the little things in our lives.  He is a good, good Father.  I’m reminded of this verse –If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:13

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    And now the best for last…

  5. He allowed my daughter and son-in-law to finalize the adoption of their two sons this past week! I’m officially a Gigi!! (In case you’re not aware of the situation, I wrote about their foster parenting journey here .)  It’s been two years of praying, waiting, (yes worrying!), then praying some more!  It’s been up and downs, questions with no answers, paperwork and endless visits and appointments, but this past Friday the adoption was official!  Perhaps you saw Whitney’s post about the party we had last Saturday.  It was certainly a time of rejoicing!
    The Lord has shown Himself so wonderfully in this whole process.  I’m reminded that He was at work even when we could not see.  His hand was caring and loving those little boys and providing for them when we wondered about their future.  He loves them even more than we do. God has made my own spiritual adoption become a doctrine that is richer than I ever understood it to be before these boys entered our lives! I am so thankful for this rich answer to prayer!

Psalm 3 is a passage I have recently memorized and it has become so very precious to me.  Let me share part of it here –

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What are you praying for?  Do as the psalmist and cry aloud with your voice.  Call.  Ask.  Then He will give you sleep, too.  You can awaken knowing that He is at work doing what only a loving, omniscient, sovereign God could do!  Don’t give up.  Keep on praying!

Do you have an answer to prayer?  I’d love to hear what God has done in your life recently!

Refresh your prayer life with praising Him for His answers,

denise a

Bible study · Prayer · spiritual growth

Suggestions for Books, Journals, Planners and More!

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Remember the Disney song, When you Wish Upon a Star?  The song tells us that when you wish on a star, your dreams come true.  It’s cute for a Disney movie, but if that was a reality  we’d all be driving brand new automobiles.  I just checked and my 2005 Jeep is still Continue reading “Suggestions for Books, Journals, Planners and More!”

God's Will · Prayer

Make the Connections

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I’ll never forget the memory of riding in the car with my sisters and parents when I was a child. My parents were in the front seat of the car on our way to or from errands, and my two sisters and myself were seated in the backseat.  We took turns sitting on “the hump,” as we called it.  It was the middle seat, the one not quite as comfortable as the other two, but a seat, nonetheless.  As we traveled through town, one of us might speak up and ask where we were going, or perhaps request a stop at an ice cream place or White Castle Burgers.  Then as my dad drove, we were watchful.  We knew that if he turned his blinker on to go that direction, we were headed for a frozen treat.  If he turned that way we were stopping for lunch at White Castle, and if he stayed this way we were headed home – perhaps to something even better!  After we asked, we learned to watch our father’s movements – a turn on of the blinker or a change into a turning lane, to see the fulfillment of our request!  How wonderful it was to anticipate what he was going to do, then many times see him fulfill our greatest desire.  He was usually silent about the plan, but we knew He loved us and would make a right choice, based on that love.

When you and I go before the Lord, we need to do the very same thing.  After we have prayed and placed our requests before the Lord, we must get up off our knees, and connect the things that happen next with what we have just prayed.  We need to be on the lookout for God’s movements. Sometimes He makes a turn; connect it – He has a different plan.  Sometimes He turns things in the direction we were praying; it’s a fulfilled plan.  Then other times He is silent; and we must wait and trust.

All the while, we need to keep praying, and then connecting what happens next, if we truly want His will.  It may take us a direction we hadn’t planned, but He is our Father,  He loves us, and He will do what is right, based on that love.

As you have connected the next thing that happens after you pray, what have you seen the Lord do?

Christian growth · Prayer

How To Pray Powerfully Using Scripture

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Because we live in the country, we have a home land line at our house.  We had it installed because our  phone reception can be poor at times, so in the case of an emergency, we wanted to know we can call out.  However, whenever that phone rings, we totally ignore it.  It’s like it isn’t getting our attention at all.  You see, the only ones who call that number are telemarketers.  Since we know that, we let the answering machine get the call and we totally ignore the ringing!

Have your prayers that you pray ever felt like our land line?  Have you ever called to talk to God, but it seems He is just ignoring your call?  We’ve all been there at times.  But I think if we understand how to pray effectively and powerfully using His Word as our supplication, we’ll feel like that far less often, and will understand the power of praying Scripture.

There truly is power in praying back God’s Word to Him.  If that idea seems strange or you wouldn’t have a clue where to find verses to pray, I hope you’ll watch today’s video as I share how to do both of those things.

I’m also going to share an idea about how to set up a prayer journal for a small child, and then progressively change it so it would fit an older child’s needs.

One resource that I forgot to mention on the video is this book,

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I got mine at a conference a few years ago but I found it here on Amazon.  I saw a used copy for $1.99!  I love this book and use it a lot!!

I’d love to hear how it’s going for you if you’ve begun a prayer journal.  Or if you have any other questions, feel free to leave them here in the comments.

This is the last in the series on prayer, but let’s you and I KEEP ON PRAYING!

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