By Vic Dove
“Three times I asked the Lord…that it might depart from me, and He said to me, My Grace is Sufficient for thee.”
2 Corinthians 12:8-9
I was listening to a testimony the other day about how a pastor had a member whose son was in a car accident, and sustained some brain damage due to a severe blow to the head. The pastor went on to say the member would call him almost daily to ask him to pray for his son. The pastor and member both would pray asking for healing and peace for the member’s son…but as time went on his son’s condition got worse and worse.
Well, after over a year had passed of pleading to God for not only healing but for peace also, the pastor said the member one day decided to claimed 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient.” Not long after making that decision his son died.
Wow! As I listened I thought to myself…now that is a spiritually mature individual. Never once did I hear the member blame, doubt, or question God.
God always answers the prayers of His people. As we learn to pray…we will also learn to discern His answers. It maybe yes, maybe no, might be wait…or “My grace is sufficient.” But God always answers. As we mature in our faith…and thus our commitment to His Will grows, it becomes easier for us to accept answers that don’t align with our expectations. Or in every day terms…it will become easier to take no for an answer.
Sometimes we have to ask ourselves…do we pray to get our way or God’s way? Are we seeking to bless God or for Him to bless us…do we trust God’s plan or our own? It is very easy to make prayer “me centered” rather than God centered…trust me on that folks.
One of the main purposes of prayer is to align our hearts with God’s purposes, not to align His heart with our purposes. Prayer should downsize us and upsize God.
We must have a God who is far greater than we are and a God that we can never manipulate or reduce. A God this big is perfect enough to do what is best always and powerful enough to handle all our problems….anything less is a god of our own making.
We must let our prayers be God centered…The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob only does wonderful things and He will never give us our way when His way is much better.
Are you facing a decision in your life that is too big for you to handle? Maybe you’re going through a difficult time or event that has left you confused and disheartened.
God tells us in Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me.” As you seek God’s face and understand who He is and what He is willing and able to do…He will clear away all the mist that surrounds your circumstances…He will show you what to do.
Remember the shortest distance between a problem and the solution is the distance between our knees and the floor.
Shoulder to Shoulder, Bro. Vic