Sunday, May 30, 2010

Bread for the Journey

Recently the power of prayer has been impressed on my mind. It is easier to take note when huge things happen in our lives and we see God's answers to our prayers..but we know that God is listening to our hearts even in the little things. When we pray in faith God does hear and answers in the best way for us..when He doesn't always answer according to our plan we tend to think it's unanswered prayer.

I want to share how He answered my prayer 'in a little thing' in a way that left no doubt that He heard me...
A number of years ago my husband was out of town on a business trip and I was home by myself. As I got ready for bed that night I felt a great fear come over me. I grabbed my Bible and opened it at random to James 5:16, the last part of the verse assuring me that 'the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective'. I picked up The Daily Bread, a devotional book and the devotion for the day was based on James 5:16..I got goosebumps..and felt God's peace flow through me. After spending some time reading the Bible and praying I was still in awe of how God had sent this verse to me twice. I picked up a novel that I was reading and a few pages in James 5:16 popped up again..I smiled and said 'okay God I get it'. Coincidence?? No way..there is no doubt in my mind that God heard me and took the fear from me.. I had peace!

James 5:16 NIV
'Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.'

Let's remember to pray for each other and trust God for answers in the little things as well as the bigger ones.

15 comments:

  1. Thank you for that. It's amazing how often we fail to see God's answers when they are so obvious. My husband and I pray every morning for the safety of our children and their spouses. Yesterday morning I received a call from my daughter that my son-in-law was hit head on and was at the hospital. The paramedics said he shouldn't have survived the crash but within hours he was released with just bumps and bruises. God DOES hear our prayers.

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  2. Betty, there is such truth in what you shared. Thank you for a reminder to all of us that God does care about the little details of out life and to pray for one another.

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  3. Betty, this is such an encouragement and I too have seen God minister to me much like this.

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  4. There is no such thing as co-incidence except that it is God revealing to us that He is there.
    Thank you for sharing your encouraging experience.

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  5. Thank-you.I know the feeling of thinking that God does not answer,but then realizing that the answer was just different then what I expected.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  6. Thanks for this lesson this morning. I needed it. Jan

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  7. Thank you Betty - I too have seen many answers to the "small" prayers. God promised that He hears our requests and He is faithful to those promises.

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  8. Thank you for reminding us today to look for those small answers and remember to give thanks for them too.

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  9. I, too, can attest to the fact that our wonderful heavenly Father answers prayers - sometimes before we've even thought to speak it out loud, where it was just a thought in our heart. Thanks for this Bread for the Journey!

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  10. God is good...and cares about every detail of our lives.

    And here is something that gives me goosebumps...

    Our morning message yesterday was on James 5:16! I think I need to take note of this verse in a special way.

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  11. That is so meaningful...I love it when God gives us a double dosage of his knowledge referring to us that he really cares about us and confirms with us that he is real.
    Thanks for your encouraging words.

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  12. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  13. Thank you for sharing your experience. Kathy

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  14. Betty, what an amazing experience, and, reaffirming that God does hear us. Thank you for sharing this.

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  15. you never told me this story before!
    i love it. <3

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