How are you today? I hope you woke up with thanksgiving in your heart? I sure did. I find waking up praising Him gives me courage to face the challenges of the day and there are always challenges. This morning as I woke, I opened my devotional and read about Daniel and how his prayer was in motion but there were stop points that kept it from happening. It was going to happen just like God said but it took time, more time than probably he wanted.
Have you ever been in a situation where you've prayed hard and months and days went by with no answer? I think we all have. Well, there are many reasons for us not getting immediate answers I think. There are many reasons we might not see our prayers come to fruition. For example, is it part of God's will? Two, if it's in His will, it might not be in our best interest for immediate results and lastly, He loves when we seek Him faithfully so we may have to wait to hear from Him.
It's been my own experience that prayer leads to faith. Like a flower needs the spring rains we need situations in our life to lead to greater faith. I wish faith was blind but all we have to do is look at the history of the world and know that it's not. On top of that, we want a carefree life, one with the least amount of challenges and the most reward. Well, sorry to break your bubble, but that's never going to happen. Every person within their lifetime will see challenges and for those of us that know Christ, we will be on our knees, growing our faith and casting forth His word, or at least I hope that's our response.
I have learned that prayer is a life long education. I prayed when I was 5 years old. I can remember uttering the Lord's prayer through my teens and when I was really battling the world it was the Lord's prayer that led my boss to ask me to an evangelist meeting and that's where prayer once again brought me to Jesus. Throughout my life, people have said I have a direct line to God. I've always brushed it off but I can honestly say it's been my prayer life and praying His will for people that has given those around me strength in dark times, hope in depression, guidance in confusion, and joy in the little things. My rainbows, as I like to call them, happen when God meets the people I'm praying for and they know it.
Prayer is a vital channel to our Lord. He hears every prayer. My faith has been built in the power of prayer. I wouldn't be who I am today without hours of prayer for myself and others. I believe there are no selfish prayers. God knows what we need and if we are praying for the right reasons and they align with His will, we will see it come to fruition. It may take many years but it will come.
Right now, I have a wonderful friend on a spiritual journey. She may even read this blog today. If you do my little iron gypsy, I pray that this adventure will bring you closer, widen your faith and provide all that you need to help people get healthy. You're an inspiration to me and I thank you for your friendship and your willingness to help people renew their bodies and their minds.
I leave you with this thought today. We aren't praying enough, we aren't loving enough and we aren't believing enough. Open your eyes my sisters to new experiences and never give up! I'm not giving up and either should you!
When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”
“O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”