|Posted by Lorraine Serra on September 26, 2011 at 4:15 PM|
Today I am standing in the gap for someone I love. (Ez 22:30)
I am his prayer warrior, along with many others. I am standing on the promises of Christ for him, because he cannot do it for himself, that God would be merciful, heal and deliver the body and the soul of my loved one.
Moses prayed and interceded for adulterous, idol-worshiping Israel in the desert; Jesus showed His glory, power and mercy by healing people who weren’t even looking for it. Surely, Jesus will be merciful once again towards the seeking soul of my loved one.
God has worked wonders in my life, as a Christian, and even more before I became a Christian. Many of us can attest to that! God gets the glory for everything good, because He is the source of all that is good. In my own life, God gets the glory all the time. In the lives of those who don’t believe, I direct them to realize God is behind the good in their life, working things out to be an awakening to that soul as to Who He is and all that He has done: Redeemer, Provider, Lover of our souls, Creator, Sustainer, Sanctifier.
My loved one is about to have brain surgery, and though he believes there is a God, he is not certain of this thing called salvation, and the need for recognizing Jesus’ sacrifice.
I spent an hour on the phone with this loved one on Saturday. It was a great conversation which brought into focus a few reasons why some have not believed, even in the face of so great a risk as brain surgery. For my part, I wanted to reassure him that even the thief on the cross next to Christ was an 11th hour believer, but I did not. I knew he would consider it hypocritical to accept Christ in that way.
I did, however, explain “fear of the Lord” which was of benefit. He could not understand why he should love and trust someone whom he should also fear.
That’s a valid point. But, when I explained that it means a reverent awe and respect for the majesty, power and love of God, he was able to agree. He acknowledged always having had a sense of awe about nature and the wonders of life. He recognizes that God is in control. He just hasn’t personalized it yet.
I highly respect his great knowledge of comparative religions, philosophy and psychology. He understands the effects of shame and guilt in one’s life. He has dealt with these things that plague the people he has served and known. He admits he has demons of his own as well.
He knows he is an “ingrate”. The word choice was his! But, he sees the need for forgiveness or restitution to be more a necessity for healthy self-esteem and conflict resolution, rather than relationship with a divine being. Fascinating!
To be set free from these things, to be “healed” and receive fresh daily mercy and assurance of everlasting life are much harder concepts to deal with. My loved one says he regards death and the possibility of a heaven as part of the adventure of life. He didn’t mention hell.
It seems the philosophical mind recognizes right and wrong, good and evil, but defines it by the culture in which it exists instead of by one divine standard of the Creator.
This psychological mind recognizes guilt and shame as a product of wrong choices or ill treatment of another, which may sometimes require punishment, yet does not conceive of those choices as sin before a holy God. I believe if someone can see things in that light, they are not far from becoming convinced about the things of God.
Interestingly, he prays in his own way. He welcomes the prayers of others. Another family member whom he respects encouraged him to pray for his wife! Amen.
Well, I thank God for providing me the grace and the right timing to minister to him in love on the phone Saturday. He was grateful for my concern and enjoyed the discussion.
I encouraged him that it will be ok to ask the Lord to be his Savior when the time feels right. I told him to just talk to God about it, and God will surely answer him. I told him the story of the demoniac in Mark 9:24 who cried out, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.” That’s as honest as it gets. I am confident that Jesus is knocking on the door of his heart.
So, in love, I planted seeds about faith in Jesus which I know the Father will be faithful to cultivate. And in love, I extended availability to help with meals, driving, shopping, praying, talking, whatever it takes, to him and his wife. Because you know, displaying love in tangible ways removes any shadow of hypocrisy. Walk it, just don't talk it.
I am praying for a miracle…..would it not be fantastic for God to show His glory through this event, and vaporize that tumor before the surgeon goes in to look?
What a powerful God story that will be! Of course, God always defines the healing. But, sometimes in the darkest paths of our journey, He makes Himself so real. He certainly has in my life.
Will you pray with me that Mike invites Jesus into his heart this week?
Let’s all continue to stand in the gap for the lost. What a privilege to pray.
So, anyway, don’t you love God’s timing? Again, here I am delving into study a topic and it suddenly appears smack dab in the middle of my life experience. This thing about healing, and signs and wonders. .. God’s timing, as usual.
Suffice it to say, I believe Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, Hebrews 13:8, and He responds when we call upon His name.
Miracles, wonders or not, the greatest miracle is seeing someone come to faith and trust in Jesus; the greatest healing comes when one person discovers how greatly he is loved by his Creator; the precious, life-changing miracle is when one lost soul finds deliverance, and as the old hymn says, ”strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow”, all because Jesus paid the price.
IMike said he has tried reading the Bible, and ends up confused. I offered to study with him. We'll see what happens. But, I can't wait til the Holy Spirit fills him and enlightens his mind to understand
"I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Through Him, in Him and with Him I live and move and have my being.
I have died to myself; it is now Christ who lives in me."
Lord, draw him to Yourself, I pray. Lord, Jesus, come quickly! Amen.
I have another post ready to begin studying healing, signs and wonders. In a couple of days I'll post it. For now, please pray. And think about the question I asked last week. Do you see a common denominator in the quote I shared?
Blessings to you all, Christ Jesus, Our Lord.
Categories: Reigning in Christ: Kingdom Living