YOU MAY NOT HAVE HIM….
I clearly remember the day I stood on my front porch, angry with the enemy for the apparent efforts he was making in my family to drag a member off track. I stomped my foot and I shouted, YOU MAY NOT HAVE HIM!!!. It was war. I very much felt the pull of the enemy, far greater than I. I was no match for his evil cunning ways, BUT I KNEW MY GOD WAS (and still is).
If we see our prayers for our family and loved ones as war, I think we would take prayer far more seriously. Who goes to war unarmed? Who goes to war half-heartedly? Who rises for battle when they feel like it? When an enemy lurks, our senses are at the ready.
Your prayers matter. They matter to God; they matter for the ones for whom you pray.
For a long time I prayed more in fear than in faith. I spent my prayer time asking God to keep them from __________,and not allow them to ____________, protect them from ________, etc. After prayer time I was discouraged because I just spent all that time rehearsing bad things that could happen. Over time, I began to learn to pray in faith believing. Praying for the positive things to become a part of their lives.
Pray in faith believing.
Believing what? That God will do what I want? That I will get my way? NO.
Believing that God is able. God is sovereign. God is good. His answer is the absolute best answer whether we see it our not.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who make heaven and earth.” Ps 121:1-2
Stop and think about that. Where does your help come from even in the most stressful and difficult circumstances? From the MAKER of heaven and earth!
Try it sometime. Lift up your eyes to the hills, the stars, the heavens and remind yourself that the One to WHOM you pray created and sustains all of it… He really can handle your problems, and the problems of your loved ones.
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John over 28 years. She has 2 adult children, 3 grandchildren, 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 10 in all. She delights reading and teaching, but mostly laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.