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The Need For Intercessory Prayer – A Moment On Our Knees

January 5, 2015

This is Bernadette and she is one year old.  This Friday, January 9, 2015 she is undergo surgery to potentially remove the Bernadette Sunglassestumor that has been treated with chemotherapy for the past several months.  Surgery is always a risky situation for anyone but when it is performed on someone so young and with a tumor that has been wrapped around her aorta it is even that much more difficult.  That was a little of the back story.  She has been surrounded by people who love her very much.  Her sister adores her and even though she herself is very young, Adelaide has been continuously ready to offer a smile and encouragement to her sister.

Her mom and dad are faithfully providing a nurturing environment and pray that she will be with them for more than the brief time thus far.  Everyone whose lives have been touched by the little girl seeks nothing more than the best for her and that includes me, her maternal grandfather.  When the people have discovered her situation they have all responded in the same way, they have gone to the One that can truly influence the outcome, God and they have sought His healing love.

I have always wondered whether intercessory prayer was a selfish act.  This may seem like a strange thing to say but we are taught by Jesus himself that we should pray for God’s will to be done (The Lord’s Prayer – Matthew 6:12 and Luke 11:2).  We even see evidence of Jesus’ desire to have things be different when confronted with the cross.  I believe that while He understood God’s will completely He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane and asked for the cup to be taken from Him, but nevertheless Thy will be done He concludes the prayer (Matthew 26:42).

I have spent some time recently seeking better understanding about what God expect’s from us in these very trying situations.  As I turn to the scripture the source of what is true and correct I find such verses as “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) It seems here that God is ready and willing to give us exactly what we desire.  Unfortunately, the caveat is that we must delight in the Lord.  To delight means that we are in accord with His desires for us and for His kingdom.  We now must understand what that means.  That is followed by an even more difficult question and that is, ‘Is it possible for to truly understand all of God’s desires?’

We do find encouragement to ask for healing – “Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;” (James 5:14)  God wants us to call upon Him and He wants us to trust in Him and Him alone.  It is for this reason that I am encouraged to ask of you to join me in prayer for this little girl and for her family.  They need our collective words sent up to Him that holds us all in His hands. Blend our voices raised in praise and thanksgiving to a God that has given us so much is all that I am asking of you.  His glory will be in the hearing of such praise and thankfulness.  His mercy will be complete and His will of course be done.  Jesus says to us in John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Please take a moment and include this child in your thoughtful prayers.  If you are inclined please share with other so that can add their voices to all who call upon the Lord on Bernadette’s behalf.  May the Lord our God grant you peace and bless you always!

Thanks for taking a the time to read and to honor our God.

All quotations are taken from the Holy Bible – New International Version 

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3 Comments
  1. Thanks for the prayers – they are very much appreciated

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