Last week Jesus wrecked me. We’re talking crying in the kitchen..arms raised..tears flowing…kids looking at me like I’m crazy wrecked me. I was overwhelmed by the goodness of God and his faithfulness. I was humbled as Sweet Jesus revealed some ugly in my heart.
The ugly was unbelief…or partial belief. Whatever it was, I pray it doesn’t stay there in Jesus name.
Like many good and moral people we adopted a girl through Food for the Hungry. I say moral because even people who don’t love Jesus agree that poverty is a problem. But, I’m an awful sponsor. I’ve yet to send a letter or stickers or anything. We pay our monthly sponsorship and pray for her. That’s it.
If I’m really honest, I enjoy the opportunity that comes with the letters about the less fortunate to teach my privileged children to think of others. Yes, we try to practice what we preach and this is my effort to teach my children to think globally.
We would pray for her somewhat frequently at meals and at times before bed. Our prayers would be very generic: Provide for her and her family. Make a way for them. Help her to love and know you with her whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. Bring her family out of poverty. God, there is no poverty in Heaven, I pray there is no poverty in her life.
These prayers were more of an act of obedience than an act of faith. I know God moves. I’ve seen it. I just didn’t expect Him to do this.
I received a letter in the mail explaining that our girl was no longer in the program. My immediate thought was… Oh no, she died!
Then I continue to read that the was family has been economically rehabilitated.
I started geeking out because this is what I’ve been praying for. Unbelief quickly crept in as my next thoughts were… Oh no, this is probably worse! Now they are only on their own. She’ll be without the resources the program was supplying. She’s probably in a worse place!
Then Holy Spirit kicked in gently reminded me of the God I serve. Father. Forgive. Me. He is NOT a God that does half-ies!
He doesn’t save us half way, redeem us half-way, set us half-free. The god of halfway isn’t the God of the Bible.
I serve the God that makes a way through Jesus Christ. I serve a God of completeness. I follow the King Jesus that says “It is finished.”
FATHER FORGIVE ME! Of course she’s not dead, of course you rescued her! Of course you brought her out of poverty. Of course you did because you are faithful and good. I prayed in Jesus name that you would prepare a way for work for her family… so in Jesus name YOU DID.
Father God forgive my unbelief! Praise and tears came later because my faith had NOTHING to do with God answering my prayer. I had a mustard seed size faith while praying for a sweet girl in the Philippines out of poverty.
Going all Nancy Drew on the situation, I called the organization to learn that her community had not left the program… only her family. God had made a way for her family to become economically rehabilitated, just like I had prayed with my mustard seed size faith.
Needless to say my mustard seed size faith is a little larger. It makes me want to pray more! I will be praying for families and countries to come out of poverty. I’ll be praying that today God is putting things in motion to supply jobs and whatever else needs to be done to remove poverty from this country. He answered my prayer with little faith. It makes me wonder what happens when I pray with actual faith.
Praying for global issues is a huge act of faith. There is usually no way to know if God is doing anything with them and you may never see any of the fruit.
It’s fair to think, What’s the point? Why should I even waste my time on them? Am I even suppose to pray for that?
My answer is ABSOLUTELY! Looking at the life of Jesus, you see that He performed miracles over the natural, physical, and spiritual. HE showed the glory of God and heaven through these demonstrations of power.
In the Lord’s prayer Jesus prays the words, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Matthew 6:10
Jesus says thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Well… Heaven is perfect and full of God’s glory. That tells me that I’m to pray for God’s glory to come to Earth in natural, physical, and spiritual ways.
Watching how Jesus lived stretches my prayer life from my needs and wants to praying for the world’s needs.
His first miracle was turning water into wine. There was a need/problem and Jesus solved the problem using power from Heaven. Only God can turn water into wine.
He does this because it increases the faith of the people who believe in Him as well as draws people closer to Him as a picture of hope. This is the same for 2016.
I’ve prayed that God would PLEASE help my kids go to sleep. My faith wasn’t increased when the babes went to sleep. That would happen eventually without God.
Most people want their faith to increase, but spend no time praying prayers that require any faith!
Praying for world issues can very much seem like words being thrown into the air. Thankfully, we serve a merciful God who throws a bone every now and again to remind and encourage us who we are because of Christ Jesus.
You might be thinking, Then why doesn’t God just end poverty? My answer is I don’t know. We live in a fallen world and it need Jesus everywhere.
But I do know that Alyza was in poverty, I prayed God would bring her out of poverty, and she’s out of poverty. End of story in my book. Beginning of story in hers.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I thank you that are a God who hears the prayers and cries of your people. I pray you come down and make your glory known in the lives of your people. Help us to be kingdom minded and see the areas that need you. Help us to know you and your heart more deeply, so that we know how to pray for those you love.
Thank you Jesus. You are everything,
In your name,
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