PRAYING IN THE FIRE
A person I love dearly was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago. We found out today that the cancer has invaded lymph nodes. This was a crushing blow to my loved one. Honestly, it was for me too. As of right now, we don’t know what this changes (if anything) about the treatment plan or the prognosis of recovery.
My first response was to cry out asking God to heal him. The words caught in my heart. While it is my earnest desire for my loved one to be completely healed, I have a greater desire.
A PRAYER CHANGED
My choked prayer changed from “God please heal him” to “God let him encounter YOU!”
Encountering God is about much more than healing. Encounters with God bring hope and healing, not only for the person experiencing it, but for those watching. Godly encounters have an Earthly AND an Eternal impact! They help you walk through seemingly impossible circumstances with a peace that passes all understanding. They provide strength for the spirit when the body suffers.
A HEAVENLY PERSPECTIVE AS YOU PRAY
While you (or someone you love) encounters the fire, the way you pray matters. Praying against painful circumstances is a natural instinct and desire. Definitely ask for healing, or what other rescue you need from God. While you are doing this though, do not over look the Heavenly agenda. Our opportunity for salvation came from Jesus keeping His eyes on God’s purpose and plan over His own personal desire to avoid the fire.
“He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”, Matthew 16:39, NLT
Examine how you currently pray? When you cry out to God is your perspective a Heavenly one or an Earthly one. Ask for the rescue, but give God the permission for His plan and purpose to be fulfilled in and through your (or your loved one’s) fires.
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