I would love to have the faith of the centurion from Luke 7:1-10. Oh to have Jesus say “I have not found such great faith even in …” to me. But, far too often I fall in the “I do believe, help my overcome my unbelief” category from Mark 9:24. There has been a direct correlation between my faith and my prayers.
Since I have declared 2016 the year for getting serious about prayer, I have been praying for things, big and small and what feels like all the time. God is answering! Some prayers have been serious and some and been said almost without thinking. Here are just two that I hope will encourage you and make you smile.
First, I like most moms find getting out the door to school difficult especially on a Monday. One particular Monday morning, we were a good ten minutes late walking out the door. I was stressed and my oldest was frustrated and concerned that we were going to be late for school, after all he had been waiting for me to finish getting ready. We came up on the light that usually only lets three cars through at a time. We were about the sixteenth car in line. Without even thinking, I said what I thought was to myself, “Lord, it sure would be nice if that light stayed green.” God was listening even to my inner thoughts. When I called out to him. He heard and He blessed. The light stayed green! Prayer points were learned that day.
- God is listening all the time, even when we think we are talking to ourselves. Psalm 139:4 states, “Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.” This is comforting and scary all at the same time.
- God answers. The God who is concerned about the big details of my life is also in the small ones. Read these words from various verses of Psalm 65. “O you who hear prayer…You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, who stilled the roaring of the seas , the roaring of the waves, and the turmoil of the nations..You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly…you soften it with showers and bless its crops.” These verses show God’s power and his compassion. Read the entire Psalm if you need to be reminded of God’s goodness.
- God is the giver of good gifts. James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” He gives us the good stuff, even green lights.
- I can trust Him. This answer to my prayer was huge! I felt like if I could trust him to overhear my thoughts of how good a green light was then I could trust him to hear the thousands of prayers I have prayed to be cured from cancer. “To you O LORD, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God…No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame,” Psalm 25:1-2. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 He knows the future and I can trust him with it, no matter what it holds. He’s already aware and He will be right there with me all the way.
I believe that God gave me the green light experience because he knew what the very next week would hold. As I met with the doctor she ended our conversation with “I’ll see you in a month, but if any bump pops up call me the same day you see it and we’ll get you in to see me.” Not extremely comforting words to hear.
Well you guessed it, a bump popped up just three days later. The emotional roller coaster ride began. I called the office and went in. After the examination she said, “we’ll know in two days if this is nothing or if we need to biopsy it. I am hopeful that it is nothing.” I remember thinking, “Me too.” Hayden and I began praying. Peace came. During our devotional time that evening, Hayden asked the kids to share some prayers that they thought they had seen God answer. Coleman was quick to say that God had answered prayers for good health. Without knowing anything about the spot, Coleman closed our devotional time in pray asking God to continue to give us good health. And he has, the spot faded away. It was just part of the healing process for my skin. The doctor will continue to watch my skin closely, but God has granted me favor thus far and I am so grateful. He has heard my prayers and he has blessed. I hope I will proclaim his goodness no matter what happens in my life, but it sure is easier when He answers the prayers exactly how I want them to be answered. God is good no matter what, but I thank him for green lights and no cancer and everything in between.