It has been in a season of prayer blessings, where some of my prayers have come to pass, in such encouraging ways. For example, prayers for healing. I write this not to gloat or to have the reader think that I am something special. Far from it!!! I write this to actually paint a picture or tell a story of how this prayer journey for healing plays out.
This past Sunday, I was thanking God for the answers to several of my prayers. One of my praises was with regards to a lady (I’ll call her Elle) for whom my prayer group and I have been praying for over a month. Serious, really serious, health issues. Seemed like it was “touch & go” for a while. And although I do not personally know Elle, I felt through the power of prayer that she was now my friend. Praise the Lord, she passed through the “valley of the shadow of death” and she is now beginning to heal. While this healing is showing itself to be a slow process, I believe God’s perfect healing will take place. So, in my prayer time on Sunday, in the spirit of gratitude, I not only praised the Lord for her healing thus far, but I went so boldly as to request that she be able to walk out of the rehab center by (or before) this year ends.
I started to laugh. It was the kind of laughter I don’t experience often. It’s the laughter that comes about when a request seems impossible. It’s the laughter I experienced when the Lord revealed to me that I was supposed to finish the church’s 2nd floor – I wrote about this a few weeks back. It’s the uplifting realization that only through God’s power and mercy will this request get answered. Less than 2 hours later I was sitting in church and my mind went back to that prayer request of God’s healing power in Elle. And I felt the seeds of doubt entering my thoughts, i.e. I don’t know, Lord, what your will is for her life; Lord, forgive me for being presumptuous or demanding; etc.
I probably need to be a better note taker when I am listening to sermons. But, that’s for another newsletter! However, there were two statements in the sermon being preached that morning, that really stood out to me:
“Our concept of God shapes our prayer life.”
“Your thoughts of God are too human.” Martin Luther
I felt my back straighten into of posture of spiritual alertness. Apologies to the pastor but now my thoughts were juggling between these two statements and my “seeds of doubt”.
Do we recognize the vastness of who God is? Yeah, yeah, we all know Genesis 1:16b …He [God} also made the stars. And we are also familiar with Genesis 22:17 where the Lord tells Abraham, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky… We probably all enjoy going outside on a moonless night to look at all the wondrous stars. Such beauty! But, have any of us taken a look at the photographs taken by the Hubble space telescope? I share a picture below. As you look at it, let your mind ponder on the miracle of creation. Because God created all of that! Our human minds have difficulty understanding the vastness of not only God’s creation but also WHO God is!!!!!
The Apostle Paul prayed for the church in Ephesus: And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Eph. 3:17b-19
Paul shared with the church in Rome: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom. 8:38-39
In the vastness of God’s creation, He also placed within man and woman a heart. This incredible relatively small organ helps to sustain life by the pumping of blood throughout the entire body. According to heartvalvesurgery.com (credited to the Texas Heart Institute), 100 gallons of blood moves through the heart valves in one hour. According to WebMD, “The vast system of blood vessels – arteries, veins, and capillaries – is over 60,000 miles long. That is enough to go around the world more than twice.” This website also states that the heart expands and contracts 100,000 times per day. If we do the math, that’s 36.5 million times a year. Let’s say one lives to be 80, that’s nearly 3 billion times in their lifetime. AND it is this SAME heart that skips a beat or races in our chests when we fall in love with that special someone.
Are we grasping the vastness and the complexity of God’s creation? Are we seeing the power of who God is? So, why shouldn’t I, with absolute trust, diligently bring my prayer petitions before the Lord, and believe for complete healing in Elle’s body. Granted, only God knows His plans and desires for her, and we definitely do not know what the tomorrows will bring, but the Lord does. Until the Lord tells me or shows me how I need to modify my prayers, I will continue to be faithful in praying that Elle will walk out of that rehab center before this year ends. Please join me in this prayer (whether for Elle or a loved one you've been praying healing for) by clicking on “I Prayed”.