By: Lisa Wilmore
Scripture Reading: These things have I written unto you that you believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything, according to his will, he heareth us. And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him (1 John 5:13-15).
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
There are times in our lives when all we can do is wait, kneel and pray. When life comes “real fast” and takes us by surprise, prayer is essential. Knowing that some things are totally out of our control, we must realize that our only hope is in God. We must pray, not only when things are bad, but when things seem good, also.
A few days ago, as my family and I sat quietly in an emergency room awaiting news from the doctor of my nephew’s sudden illness, our only thought was to pray. Undoubtedly, each one of us prayed within ourselves. While observing the reactions and actions of family members, I could see on their faces the same fear that recently radiated during another close relative who is no longer physically with us, but resides in our hearts.
It is so amazing how God becomes the center of attention when trouble arises and fear dominates our thinking. Family members dealt with their nervousness and anxiety concerning my nephew’s emergency in their own peculiar way. To highlight a few, I watched my brother-in-law pick up the Bible and held it open for a long length of time. In addition, some members made nervous trips to the restroom while others took many trips to the coffee pot. Although persons dealt with the disheartening news in their own way, the common action was prayer.
Our Scriptural reading for this message, written by Apostle John, hinges on the fact that if we have accepted God’s Son, Jesus, as our Savior, we can go to Him in confidence and ask what we will. If it is in His will, “we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” So, as a family of believers in Jesus Christ, we petitioned God, in confidence, for the healing of our loved one, “on this side”. I believe that He heard and hears our prayers, and he will answer according to His will. At this point, all we can do is wait, kneel and pray.