January 5, 2012

Praying God's Will For Our Lives

A lot of people have asked me how they should pray for Daron & my family. Most of the time I ask that people pray for Daron to adjust well to his surroundings. I ask that they pray for Taylor & I to adjust to our new lives. I ask them to pray for strength & wisdom for me. But after much thought & prayer I have come to this conclusion. This is how we should pray for everyone who has a chronic or terminal disease, as well as how we should pray for ourselves - in my opinion:

Pray the way that Christ prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane - that God's will be done.

          Matthew 26:39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will."

          Matthew 26:42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done."

I know that there are people who pray for a miracle to happen in Daron's life (or in the lives of someone with a chronic or terminal illness). God does work miracles - I will never deny that. God works a miracle every day when we see the sun rise & wake up every morning. God works a miracle every time a new baby enters the world. There isn't a problem in asking God to perform a miracle, just remember to ask Him to perform it in His timing & in His perfect way. I personally think that when you ask for God to perform a miracle in a certain way, you are putting God in a box. When He doesn't perform that particular miracle, we begin to doubt Him & His existence.

God puts struggles in our path to help us strengthen our faith. Our faith in God is believing in what we cannot see. I mean, I can't see the wind, I see the effects of the wind. I can't see God in the physical realm & won't see Him face to face until I reach Heaven. But even though I can't see Him I can see the effects of His working in my life, the lives of those around me & the creation around me.

By praying that God's will be done in everything, I am putting everything in His hands. The same is true when you pray for someone with a chronic or terminal illness. You are trusting that God will do what is best in the situation. You are strengthening your faith in our awesome God. I know that at times that is a tough thing to do, trust me. I struggle with remembering that every time I pray for Daron or anyone else. We human beings are doubting creatures by nature. We have a tough time trusting in something that we can't see. That is why it is hard for people to trust in God to do what is best for us. As Christians, we can still have the same struggles. That's why I personally think that we are so quick to pray for a miracle rather then pray that God's will be done. We want God to perform a miracle so that we have something that we can use to show others to help them believe in God. We want a miracle to help us with our own faith. But we forget that we can show others what God has done without Him having to perform a specific miracle. We also neglect to remember that if/when God doesn't perform the miracle that we asked for we will begin to doubt Him.

If you want to see a specific miracle to use, look at a newborn baby. Look at a child who was born prematurely & see how well they are doing years later like nothing every happened. Look at a child or adult who has beat the cancer odds & are thriving in life. Look at a person who has lost a limb from an accident or military service & see how they are moving forward in their life like a "normal" person. Look at the sunrise every morning & see how it is brand new & different every day. Look at creation around you. I know that there have been floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes & many other disasters, but look at the aftermath & how close a community or nation becomes after going through something like that. Look at your own life......God should have wiped out the entire human race during the flood, but He chose to protect Noah & his family so that we could be here today.

Ok, so I know that I have gone one & on about a lot of different things. The main thing to remember is that when praying for ourselves or someone with an illness, we need to pray for God's will to be done in everything. We need to remember that He alone knows what is best for our lives - not us. We need to remember that we cannot make it through this life without God's help & His perfect will.

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Heavenly Father,
Thank You for always being there for me. Thank You for always giving me what I need & not what I want. I pray that You will continue to work Your perfect will in my life. I know that so many people are praying for my family & for Daron. I pray that You will guide them in their prayers for us. I pray that You will work Your perfect will in Daron's life. I pray that You will be done in everything. I thank You that You know what is best for my family even when we have no clue what is going on. Thank You again for Your never ending strength that You give me each & every day.    Amen!



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