I think we have all seen these sayings on bumper stickers and such… often overlooked or undervalued, the message of the value of prayer is something we need to take a harder look at.
We received news this week of a sad situation – young family seems to have everything to celebrate, yet underneath that fancy veneer of smiles and positive words is a swirl of chaotic stressors that would drive anyone to their knees. At their wedding there were bright hopes, sparkling white gleaming thoughts of a lifetime to be spent in love, nurturing one another, upholding each other. Fast forward in time and there is rampant unemployment, which has brought stress to everyone, unexpected health concerns and developed the fullness of a character that seems to have an abusive side, and is far from upholding and nurturing.
We are so very helpless to intervene, yet we have the most powerful solution on this planet… and that is the power to pray, to ask almighty God to wade into this swirling hot mess, and sort it through, bringing hope and healing and restoration and joy.
So we pray. And hope, and wait and watch. It is good to know that God is true, a keeper of his word, and that he loves our family more than we do.
So here are some of the promises God has made to us that i am resting in today for this family:
- Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all your iniquities; who healeth all your diseases. Psalm 103:2-3
He sent His Word, and healed you, and delivered you from your destructions. Psalm 107:20
Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to your body, and marrow to your bones. Proverbs 3:7-8
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise. Jeremiah 17:14
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you. 1 Peter 1:3-4
I love those who love me. Those who seek me diligently will find me. Proverbs 8:17
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Even as it is written, “For your sake we are killed all day long. We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39
Healing, restoration, and the promise that we are never seperated from the love of God are promised, and by faith we will wait on theLord to move on this young family with power and might.
Perhaps this is a story of part of your family. Perhaps you know someone who seems to be ravaged by life. My prayer is that we will join our hearts and take these situations to the Lord, believing with all faith that He is able to bring the powerful change that is needed.
Lord, this life is so short, and spent apart from you it is futile. We lift up this young family with health issues, emotional issues, unemployment, the stress of one income, and the many ways they are being pulled apart. They are yours, and you have promised you would keep that which is yours. Bring conviction of sin, healing of the heart and emotions, restore a means of income, and a sense of stability, and most of all, protect this family from further devistation. You are able. I will rest on your character and promise today for their future. Amen”