Thursday, June 3, 2021

In Prayer We Wait

What is on your heart? Is there something that you are praying for, right now? As you pray and wait, think about how you will respond even if He does not do the thing that you want Him to do.








I want to share an experience with you:




My oldest son, Phillip, was three years old when I started to long for another baby. I thought, "Phillip is potty trained, no longer uses bottles, eats food by himself... it is time for another child."


I would cry, pray, wait




So, we tried. We spent four and a half years trying. Every month, I ended up feeling like a complete failure and dealt with depression. I would cry, pray, wait and nothing, every month, every year.


For His timetable, not mine




Until finally, we were blessed with Taylor. Everything that I prayed for happened, just according to His timetable and not mine.


I struggle with depression, I pray and wait


Now as I look at my circumstances today, I feel like I struggle so much with depression. The slightest thing triggers a memory which in turn brings on the tears.




I spend a lot of time praying that the Lord will step in and make everything better in our marriage. I know that He has the power to heal and to restore, so I keep claiming those promises. And I keep waiting.


And then... 




Then as I read Daniel 3:17-18, the passage jumped out at me. For full reference, I suggest that you read all of Daniel 3.




These passages are about Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego. King Nebuchadnezzar had commanded that everyone bow down to worship the image of gold every time they heard music. Shedrach,Meshach and Abednego refused as they only serve one God. So King Nebuchadnezzar ordered them to be tossed in to the furnace. Again, I suggest that you read Daniel 3.







Daniel 3:17-18 NIV 



If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”




Do you see it? 




God is able to rescue us from our blazing furnace -- He is able. He has the power.




But even if He does not -- even if He does not rescue me from my blazing furnace. Even if He does not do for my marriage what I pray that He will do.




So my question has to be, "Leigha, even if He does not, will you still love Him, serve Him, need Him?"




Prayer: 




Father in heaven, You are my Rock, my Fortress, my Refuge (Psalm 18:2). I thank You, Father, for always being with me, even in the middle of my blazing furnace. Just as You rescued Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego, I trust that You have the power to rescue me from this furnace. However, even if You do not, I still love You. I still need You. I still trust in You. I will still serve You (Daniel3:17-18). I ask that Your will be done. In Jesus' name, Amen.




Your turn: 




What is on your heart?
Is there something that you are praying for, right now?
As you pray and wait, think about how you will respond even if He does not do the thing that you want Him to do.
Will you still love Him, serve Him, need Him?




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Blessings,






Leigha  

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