The more I have reflected these past months on answered prayer and thanksgiving, the more I realise that my attention is shifting to giving thanks and praise to God no matter what the circumstances. My prayers may not be answered the way I want, but His ways are higher, better, wiser and more perfect than my ways… I need to trust that God is always Good, always Righteous and always Faithful.
Today I revisited the story of the old lame man, begging since youth at the temple gate… He thought he wanted money from Simon Peter and John, but what God wanted to give him far surpassed his wildest dreams and gave him back his true life and dignity as a child of God.
This is God’s way.
Praise His wonderful name.
Despite this, I still bring my requests in confidence to my Father in heaven, knowing that He asks us to come with confidence and to ‘cast all our cares on Him’.
I often find visualising a prayer very helpful, so I will share, as an example, a scene I am currently praying for a lady I met last week, called ‘S’. (She has a form of blood cancer that she is told is inoperable, terminal and now simply a matter of time. I asked her if I could pray for her and she said although she is a Catholic, she is not really practising her faith.) The scene I have been praying through, and seeing in my mind’s eyes, is that she will hear the knock of Jesus on her heart’s door and will let Him in and go along to Mass; that she will receive the Eucharist and then the body and blood of Jesus will course through her veins – from the crown of her head to the souls of her feet – and she will feel it’s healing, life-giving power running through her; that the hospital check-up will reveal her ‘remission’ and that she and all her loved ones will give glory to her Lord and Saviour. As I prayed this I touched the crown of my head and followed through my whole body down to the souls of my feet and felt and saw the tingling new life.
This is only my way of visualisation and it helps me to focus my prayers. I may never see the lady in the shop again. With some prayers we never know how or when they were answered – not in this life anyway. Like with the lame man at the temple gate, God may have better plans and do it His way. But I do know that God has heard my prayers for ‘S’ and will answer them.
For the month of November, I have been blessed with many specific answers to prayer, for which I want to publicly give God all the glory and honour and praise:
For all the insights and refreshing in preparing the blog-posts about remembrance so far this month.
For the examples of so many Saints and martyrs who have helped to preserve the church and teach the faith as it was handed down from the apostles.
For showing me how to synchronise all this research into church and group lesson plans too.
For my personal remembrance of a late but loved friend; and
for my anniversary of 37 years since my baptism.
For ‘C’ being fully off the smoking now, though still ‘vaping’.
For blessing and refreshing ‘L’ and ‘D’ in their body, hearts and minds.
For blessing ‘B’ with a job.
For blessing ‘I’ with encouragement and a new sense of purpose and commitment.
That teas and coffees and richer fellowship is now returned and established back at church.
For giving ‘D’ courage and blessing as he ‘breezed’ through his first and second successful cataract operations in November and that he can already drive safely alone (after 6 months not able).
For wisdom and clarity to gather and submit all the relevant tribunal evidence requested in good time.
For all the kind letters of support and prayers over this time.
For motivating and helping me to wisely restructure and update everything in my business.
For dinner with ‘C’ and for his creative support with my book.
For a further remembrance and lovely reunion 40 years on from school.
For a wonderful return of the baptismal pool in church, for ‘S’’s amazing testimony and baptism.
Again I say thank you to God for His mercies, which are new every morning. None of us know what the day or the morrow will bring, but we can have every confidence in our Daddy God and His amazing grace and amazing love for each one of us. We are not worthy of this, except that we are now robed in the righteousness of Jesus. God looks at us and sees the righteousness of Jesus over us.
Blessed be God forever.
Please be encouraged to also pray for those you may never have been privileged to meet – for our persecuted family throughout the world and wisdom for all the leaders and authorities. And never give up praying for anyone God has laid on your heart, especially those who still have not opened the door to their hearts to Jesus. Your prayers to God are powerful.
Lastly, dear friends, I thank you for coming to read my blog.
Please share your thanks to Father God in the comments below, or privately as you remember His abundant blessings and faithfulness in your life.