Time after time, I cried out to God for his healing power on my body, but nothing improved. Even as a prayer warrior , I grew weary in going to God about the same thing day in and day out. One of the hardest challenges of the Christian walk is waiting for God to answer our prayers when we urgently need him to intervene in a circumstance that is breaking our heart, testing our faith, and robbing us of peace and joy.
I have been on my knees many times with my Bible in hand, tearfully reminding God of his promises when my husband and I were in a financial crisis, a friend was stricken with a life-threatening disease, or one of my children was in trouble. And for years, many of my prayers have been centered on my own need for a miracle. In , after 20 years of pain, I had back surgery to un-pinch my spinal cord, replace deteriorated discs, and straighten my back. The surgery was the answer to my prayers in many ways.
I am grateful every day that I can now walk without leg pain and do many of the things I love, like working in my garden, standing long enough to bake cookies with my granddaughter, and traveling to speak for World Vision. However, the trauma to the nerves in my back is taking much longer to heal, and I continue to cry out to God. Of course, compared to the suffering in many parts of this broken world, my pain is nothing. My heart is often broken by stories about the ongoing hunger crisis in East Africa , the Syrian refugee crisis , and the hatred and violence that seems to be affecting so many.
Like the healing of my back and other situations my family has faced, some prayers take time to fully materialize. This is how God cares for us. Humans are created in his image, which means we get our capacity to love and feel compassion from him.
In Matthew , we read that God wants to give us good things. So, we can be confident when we pray that God hears us and wants good things for us, those we love, and for all his creation. Faith is a living expression that grows as we dare to put it into action. So, if we take time to remember all the miraculous ways he has answered our prayers in the past, we will find new courage and hope for the future — and our faith will grow.
Scripture gives us the authority to claim our miracle whether it is physical healing, reconciliation with a friend or loved one, financial provision, wisdom at work, or even something as seemingly impossible as world peace. Every situation imaginable has an applicable promise in the Bible. One of my greatest frustrations when I pray is that, while I can identify the problem, I have no idea how to fix it.
So, I am uncertain how to pray. We all have times when we are just too tired or discouraged to keep praying, and we need others to come alongside to support us. She was married for 40 years before losing her husband in They shared three sons who are now married and she has a total of 9 grandchildren with another one expected in Sylvia loves traveling and visiting with her family. This is the twelfth book she has published with Authorhouse.
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