Chuck and I pray together for our children, grandchildren and great grandson in the morning and in the evening and sometimes in between if we know something is happening that needs prayer. We ALWAYS quote the scripture from Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon formed against us shall prosper.”
Prayer is so powerful. Not everyone in our family is saved. Some are saved and backslidden. Some are not speaking to us, and though it breaks our hearts, and we don’t know WHY, we continue to pray for them.
I urge you to pray for family, even those who hurt you. Yesterday I wrote a blog post about “suddenly.” God has laid on my heart that nothing is permanent in this world and that those we never dreamed of dying so soon can go in an instant. Suddenly they are gone.
Looking back on my life I realize how “suddenly’s” have shaped my life. Losing my mom and dad suddenly, meeting my husband suddenly, Chuck surviving open heart surgery to suddenly get a flesh-eating virus, I could go on. Life is full of things changing in the blink of an eye.
In life you can’t change anyone but yourself and most of the time we cannot change ourselves without asking for God’s help. But still we pray for miracles. We want everyone with us eternally. But everyone has free will. God made us like that because he doesn’t want to force us to love him. If we have to force someone to love us, what kind of love is that?
Yesterday the Lord reminded me of two things, prayer for our family is so important, and how things can change in an instant. One of our daughter in laws was driving in Denver yesterday. She went under a pedestrian walkway, a piece of ice the size of a basketball almost crashed through her window on the drivers side. It almost went through. I have no doubt that without God’s intervening it would have been a very different outcome. That happened suddenly. No warning, and completely out of her control BUT “No weapon formed against her prospered” Isaiah 54:17 It scared her, ruined the windshield but she is alive to live the rest of her life. I believe it’s the power of our prayers. Satan will throw his weapons against us and ours, but through praying that won’t prosper.
Are you ready if today you experience “suddenly?” I pray to God we all are!