Almost 2 years ago I was taught a valuable lesson through some very difficult pain. I had a break out of Shingles. I went to the doctor, I had shots, took medicine that was prescribed, and laid around in a lot of pain. It had spread from my waist and hip, up my side, and down my leg. I prayed!
The valuable lesson was in the praying. James 5 came to mind and I began to read. Verse 10 refers to Job and how God restored him in the end of the misery he endured. “That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail.” (The Message).
13-15 Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and
anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out. (The Message).
There are three key points God highlighted for me,
- “Are you hurting?” Pray. I’ve thought about how many times I had something going on and instead of praying I called a friend and asked them to pray for me. It had become a way of life. I had begun to talk with my friends about things in my life more so than talk with God. I think I had friends praying more for me than what I was doing for myself. God opened my eyes to this while laying there in physical pain. I admitted this to God and asked for forgiveness. God showed me I was desiring the end result but not the intimacy with Him that would be gained by spending time with Him.
- “Do you feel great? Sing.” Again, God is saying here I want to be close to you. He desires, wants, and he deserves ourthanksgiving. He wants our praise to Him. I began to think about how often I was blessed by Him and realized that I had not been singing.
- I sent a txt to my pastor, “Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet.” His response, “I’ll bring the oil.” I said, “I’ll see you in the morning.”
It was that Sunday morning after my pastor and the elders laid their hands on me and prayed for healing that I began to heal. There was more that God wanted to do in me that day. I know God wanted me to share the depth of what I had been learning through this situation. He had given me a message for all of them that morning and I shared it. I was at one of the lowest times in my life at that moment. Yet, God was taking care of the details I couldn’t even see. As I look back I can see His hand at work in me then.
At that time, I was the volunteer that led the intercessory prayer efforts at our church. God was telling me if I was going to lead in this area - I needed to lead and by example! God cares about the path we chose to walk. We need to let Him have his way in us as we walk. I know at times our path is hard to see and we get lost in the forest of choices we find in our lives. He is with us and as we walk by faith – He will guide us.
I truly believe that God wants to accomplish all that concerns us. He wants to give good gifts to His children and to perform miracles. I also believe our part of that is to pray without ceasing and to live a life that is pleasing to Him. We need to live with heavenly perspective.
We are each faced with options each day. We have the option to follow Jesus or to follow the crowd. We need to believe by faith He has already weighed out our options. It’s our place to live and walk by faith. It’s our responsibility to pray.
“The person who believes God, is set right by God – and that’s the real life. (Galatians 3:11-12, The Message).