Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Presently, Actively, Continually Believe

It's easy to think that God's not listening to your requests--especially when you're praying for that "special request" that continues to go unanswered. I am finding that more and more my petitions are for a healing touch for a family member, friend, or co-worker. Are you finding that to be true as well?

During chemo treatments, there were two prayers I prayed out loud most days. These prayers comforted me, encouraged me, and strengthened me. When everything else around me was out of control I knew God was in control of my situation. Even though I did not receive a miraculous, healing of the cancer being immediately removed, I believe God healed me through the advances of medicine.

Why doesn't God heal us instantly? I believe that sometimes, God allows that which He hates to accomplish that which He loves. Because God did not heal me instantly, I have a powerful testimony of His grace and mercy....first hand experience of how He saw me through, helped me endure, and brought me to a closer walk with Him. Because isn't that why we're here?

Morning Prayer for Healing

Father God, I thank You for creating me in Your image. I praise You that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I confess that You are the God who heals, my Great Physician. I ask You to heal my body from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. I pray that You would regenerate every bone, joint, tendon, ligament, tissue, organ, and cell of my body. This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Evening Prayer of Restoration

Father God, I thank You for sustaining me today. I thank You that You are made perfect in my weakness. Your grace is sufficient for me. I thank You that Your steadfast love never ceases and Your mercies are new every morning. You say in Your Word that mourning may come for a night, but the new day will bring gladness. Bless me with a healing night's sleep. Restore unto me the joy of my salvation. Help me to stay on the path that leads to life.

Most of all, don't be discouraged! Here's what He says about prayer:
  1. Pray boldly! God wants us to approach Him with confidence (Heb 4:16)
  2. Pray often. God desires a relationship with us (1 Thess 5:17)
  3. Pray in faith. He is able and willing (Mark 11:24-26).
I am so thankful for the healing touch I received from God. What is your need today, This Day? Go with confidence to the throne of grace, go often, and pray continually; and presently, actively, continually believe that He hears you, knows your heart, and has a plan.

Peace and Joy,

Philippians 4:6 (NKJV) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God


gigi said...

Susan, that was beautiful and a great reminder to all of the healing powers of prayer.

Katherine Aucoin said...

I agree with Gigi, beautiful post. I believe God does answer all of my prayers, maybe not the way I want them to be answered but once it's in His hands, He answers for what is best for me.

Mildred said...

Such a beautiful post Susan. A reminder of the power of prayer.

lagirl said...

That is so "rich", Susan.
I am going to adjust your prayer in way that will make it mine also. Thanks so much for your concern and encouragement...No one can understand better than one who has walked the same path.

Thanks so much.

Pam said...

Wonderful post! I always pray in the evening, but I have to admit, I forget in the hustle and bustle of the morning.

Rick said...

We have a few things in common with each other.

My wife dealt with a case of breast cancer - stage 3.

I have a few doodles on my blog that were inspired by her days of treatment. Here is one that you might like to see...

Christian motorcycling is another connection. I have a number of bike doodles on my blog, but this is one you might enjoy...

Only if you have time. Where's a photo of your scoot on this blog?

Lois Lane II said...

So true! I had a hard time with this one about a week and a half ago about God not taking away a problem in my life...and the way I reacted was just so...childish! I'm glad you posted, this, though, to keep me on the right track. ;)

Mrs. Peterson's Place said...

Hi Sis, That was beautiful. God has not only blessed you in health but in talent too.
God's peace,

Andrea said...

A very thoughtful and moving post...thanks for sharing, Susan.