Like most of the country, we have been living in a deep freeze for almost two weeks now. In addition to the usual winter snow, an Arctic blast has swooped in to put temperatures way below freezing, sometimes dangerously cold! Common sense, and multiple newscasts, have warned us that this is the time for extra layers!
As you travel this road on your journey of praying for your family, you also may encounter times of an ‘arctic blast’ along the way. Circumstances where it may seem like things are just getting colder and colder. Times where you may need to add some extra layers.
Maybe your circumstances have not changed in what you feel like is forever. Months go by and there has been no sign or indication that things are getting better and you wonder if your prayers are making a difference. This is one of those times when maybe you need to put on an extra layer of perseverance. Just because it’s been a while doesn’t mean nothing is happening. So persevere in your prayers and don’t give up.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud….It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4, 7
Sometimes during this journey there may be some circumstances that have you wondering and shaking your head. Maybe your dad or mom are not acting like they used to, like they have lost their way. It may even be that you have been hurt by some of the things they have done. This is the time to add on an extra layer of unconditional love. Jesus loves us without reservation and we need to show that love to others. As He has forgiven us, we need to forgive others.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:37-38 (NLT)
Often this journey will test our faith. A circumstance arises or words are said that have you wondering and doubting. Did God really call us to take this journey? Can there really be a good outcome? Why are the winds and waves coming against us? There are so many instances in the Bible where Jesus tells us it is faith that makes the difference. It’s when we take our eyes off Jesus that we begin to falter. It’s like Peter walking on the water. He stepped out in faith but was soon looking at the waves. Remember, even if your faith falters, Jesus is still there waiting to rescue you. So put on an extra layer of faith today and keep your eyes on Jesus.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:29-31
Your prayers make a difference. Remember that. No matter the circumstances, no matter the length of time, no matter the obstacles. Your prayers and petitions for your mom or dad go directly to Jesus’ ears. He hears and He will answer, in His time and in His way. So continue to send up prayers on their behalf. Sometimes that one extra layer of prayer is all it takes.
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16 (NLT)
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