Two of my adult daughters were going through extremely difficult times.
Times I wished had not come their way; times I can’t spare them from going through.
I hurt for them.
My heart broke for them.
And I felt helpless.
My husband and I were discussing this one night and he said it must really feel bad to know what they are going through and not be able to do anything – to be so powerless.
And I nodded in agreement.
Then I trudged upstairs to get into my pajamas and curl up in the darkness of my bedroom and be powerless and helpless and feel sorry for them and sorry for me.
I decided to pray first maybe more out of habit than conviction and an amazing thought crossed my mind.
Actually, I remembered Joyce Meyer saying, “You can be pitiful or you can be powerful”.
I must have heard her say that dozens of times but that night, it resonated with me.
In the natural, there is only so much I can do for my daughters.
But God, through my prayers, can do so much.
I began speaking His Word over them:
They are the head and not the tail.
They are loved with an everlasting love.
They are led in paths of righteousness.
They are inheritors of the promises of God.
They are blessed to be a blessing.
They are surrounded with favor like a shield.
They are taught of the Lord and great is their peace.
They are protected by angels.
They can do all things through Christ who strengthens them.
They are children of the Most High God who has not forgotten them or forsaken them or turned a deaf ear to them.
God will restore to them for the years the locust have eaten.
Goodness and mercy will follow them all the days of their lives.
They will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
No, I don’t have to be pitiful.
I don’t have to be powerless.
I can take them to the throne room of God anytime, day or night, and know that He hears my prayers.
He has bottled up my tears.
He has sent His angels to perform His Word in their lives.
I still curled up in the darkness of my bedroom, but instead of feeling sorry for them and for myself, I felt peace.
That peace that surpasses all comprehension.
Peace that only God can give.
Pitiful – I don’t think so.
Powerless – I don’t think so.
Not me, not anymore!
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.
Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.
It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Philippians 4: 6-7 Message Bible
- Saturday Morning Prayer (prayerfromtheheart.net)
- I hope I hope I hope! (thanksforlettingmeshare.com)
reposted from my old blog godhappenings.wordpress.com