PRAYING FOR JEANNIE
We are so blessed by the constant inquiries regarding Jeannie’s health and the many assurances of prayer that you have sent our way. A simple “Thank you” seems so inadequate, yet our hearts just overflow with gratitude for your concern and God’s tender mercies. So here is an update that I pray will encourage you in your own walk of faith.
Barring Divine intervention, it appears that Jeannie is on a short track “home.” That should not surprise you, of course for the same is true of you and me as well. After all, it is the Father Who gives our hearts permission to take their next beat. So while we pray for just such an intervention, I think it would be good for you to know the three prayers that most often come from our hearts and lips.
First, we pray that we will remain true to a mission statement hammered out at a retreat over three decades ago. Our mission is to be living illustrations of the faithfulness of God to every person who will take Him at His Word. Each day we ask God to hold our feet to the fire in our efforts to remain true to our mission.
Second, we pray that Christ might be glorified through all that we think, say, and do. After all, isn’t that the purpose each one of us has while here on earth? And that is a purpose that can be fulfilled regardless of one’s circumstances. We pray that others will get an accurate and unclouded picture of our Lord as they view Him through the lens of our lives.
Third, we pray that living or dying, we will joyfully embrace what the Lord brings to us. While not everything that comes our way has the first appearance of being from God, we are surprised at how often things that seem bad to us are actually for our good. It is only by remaining in His Word, and living in surrender to the Spirit’s control, that we maintain the discretion and strength to battle the things that are from the enemy and embrace those that are from the Lord.
Does it surprise you that our first and great prayer right now is not for healing. To be sure, we have cried out to God for that! But in our desire that God might heal Jeannie and give her a few more years on this earth, we do not want to abandon what really counts. Thus the three major prayers above.
So as you pray for Jeannie, will you join us in these three prayers? Maybe they should become yours as well.