(9)Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. (10)If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. (11)These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. —–John 15:9-11 (NASB)
A dear friend once shared with me about a struggle she had been experiencing with eczema. Eczema is a nasty skin problem that not only is contagious, but painful, and seems to hang on for a long time. She is a mighty prayer warrior and mature Christian in the faith. It seemed as though the problem would not leave. THEN she went to church one Sunday and a little boy grabbed her hand and asked if he could pray for her. He did, and within a few days the eczema had cleared up!
Sometimes children catch the fire quickly. Why did God answer the little boy and not my friend? Actually, He did answer her prayer too! The beauty of God is that He answers our prayers in His way, just not according to our timetable or method. And He makes it so that everyone’s prayer is answered, even when two are asking for the things separately.
Once in my office, we hired a wonderful Christian sister. I had prayed and prayed that we would hire her, as she was a joy to work with. She would lay hands on her typewriter (before computers) and pray that it would work. She would hug people and bless them, and leave everyone smiling. And God answered my prayer. Less than a week AFTER we hired her, she quit, and was hired by another city. The new job had better pay for her family and better benefits for her son. God answered my prayer, but then He answered hers too. Even though I was disappointed, she obtained what she needed from the Lord. A year later, she had a massive traffic accident. Without the benefits she had obtained at the new job, she would have been left destitute with no help for her son. God knew the end from the beginning.
The gifts of God are for the people. They aren’t ours, they are God’s, given to show forth His love. If we finally get a grip on that, He will release His power through us as His vessels and mighty things will happen! It’s not about us, it’s about Him. It’s about His purposes and plans, revealed through His people. He always knows the best way to answer when we call . . . and answer He ALWAYS will!
(This information is used with permission from “Whispers of Heaven” by Rosalie Storment and Faye Higbee, copyrighted 2011.)