Today’s devotional is written by Lori Steinkamp Lassen. She is our only daughter, who has been married to her husband, Scott for 26 years. Lori is the mother of four children, and has worked with the ministry for many years. May her devotional deepen your spiritual walk with the Lord. – Charlyne
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:26-27
My brother, Tim, who works with us in the ministry, recently had a massive heart attack. He woke up and knew he didn’t feel well, and within an hour, he had his wife call an ambulance. Within a couple of hours, his heart gave out, and he coded in the emergency room. His wife stood outside his room watching doctors and nurses give him CPR, intubate, and administer meds. What was their goal? They were trying to get his heartbeat back and breathe life back into him.
They finally got a heartbeat back and immediately took Tim to the cardiac catheterization lab, where they would look for the source of the problem. While undergoing this procedure, Tim’s heart would stop beating three more times.
When the doctor finally came out to talk to his wife and the members of our family who were in the hospital, he told us how critical the situation was. I think I slept about an hour that night. I continually wondered if Tim was stable. I prayed and pleaded with God for mercy. I worried.
The following day, I arrived at the hospital before the sun came up. I was pleased to find Tim resting comfortably. The doctors who came in that day couldn’t believe how strong Tim’s heart was. It survived being shocked multiple times. It survived minutes without blood flow. God was not done with Tim yet.
Watching Tim’s health crisis unfold over these last couple of weeks made me think of a prodigal. Tim was unaware of all that had transpired the day he had his heart attack. He didn’t know that he was so close to death or that his loved ones and strangers were lifting him in prayer. Tim wasn’t even aware that he needed prayer at that moment.
Isn’t that just like a prodigal? They often go through life unaware that their choices are leading them closer to death and destruction. Just as those doctors helped give life to Tim, you have the privilege of praying for your prodigal when you speak life over them.
There were many times over the recent days that Tim’s situation felt hopeless. But God! I knew that there was always a reason to hope unless Tim was no longer with us. I want you to feel the same way about your prodigal. Unless your spouse has died, you can’t honestly say the situation is without hope. Sure, the timing may not align with your desires, but if, as a believer, you are truly trusting God’s timing, you can’t say He will never answer that prayer.
I know that your situation may be extreme. We have been praying for some people who are in what can feel like an impossible situation. But God! Don’t for a minute think the God who didn’t make a way around the sea but instead parted it can’t make a way in your situation.
The enemy wants you to give up. The enemy is in a battle for the soul of your spouse. Your spouse, like Tim, may not even know they need your prayers, but you know. You get to stand in the gap for your spouse right now.
Don’t declare your marriage dead when God still has work to do. I heard Levi Lusko say, “In His providence, God can redeem what in His sovereignty He could have prevented.” Can you sit with that for a minute?
Everything that has happened in your life has passed through the hand of God. He is not sitting by idly watching your life be destroyed while He does nothing. He is in control!
It is an honor to pray for our loved ones. What a privilege that we have direct access to the throne of God! Pray for your spouse today. Pray that they would have an encounter with the Savior and have a life that is transformed because of Him!
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:24-25