“And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” ~1 John 5:15
…and God answered. Today I feel so triumphant. This morning on the drive to work I prayed specifically that God would use me to help someone.
After making some copies during my prep period, I was headed to my room when a student called out to me. I didn’t hesitate when she beckoned me over, but I wasn’t sure she meant me. I did not know the girl. Iheaded her direction and saw that she had a friend with her who was crying. She explained her friend’s dilemma so I invited them to my room.
I won’t go into detail, but let’s just saw I received the opportunity to serve as well as glorify God.
I don’t know why I am so in awe that God knows what is going on with me, cares and hears. But I tell you, I was almost in tears. My road has been a tough one.
As if to confirm that He is indeed listening to me, I received this email today:
I requested to be prayed for a few months ago. How timely this was for me. I was beyond overjoyed! And thankful that He hears!
“You shall not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flies by day.” Psalm 91:5
There have been some heinous recent world events. The senseless violence has left many shaken. When I first heard about the attacks in Paris, I felt breathless. Helpless. Hopeless. Devastated. Terrorism is a growing problem all over the world.
But I quickly encouraged myself by remembering that the Bible says “Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes” Proverbs 3:25-26. We are also cautioned that we will face “perilous times hard to deal with.” That’s why it is important that we walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” Ephesians 5:15-16.
So how do we count it all joy? Especially when it seems that the terrorists are winning? The answer is more obvious than it appears. As Christians we know that we can’t look at how things are. We have the hope of Christ which in turn gives us the faith we need to believe for what we can’t see.
Even with everything going on around us we can still be of good cheer as the Prince of Peace instructs. ISIS may be winning battles, but the Lord will win the war because He has overcome the world. He is the Great I Am.
But what we can do is pray. And pray. And pray some more. We can pray for the kingdom of God to come. For His will to be done. On earth as it is in heaven. We can pray for those preying on the innocent. We must pray for their forgiveness from the Father for they clearly know not what they do. Woe to them. They have no idea of the magnitude of the repercussions they will shortly face. To borrow the title of a Tolstoy short story, God sees the truth, but waits. That I have no doubt of.
I pray they we are all able to take heart, brace ourselves, and seek comfort in the Lord. He sees. He knows. He will deliver us in His perfect timing saints!