Jacque Korell’s latest blog, Prayer-Just Do It, reminded me that our LORD taught us to pray against temptations before they came, as well as against the evil one. I felt convicted, knowing how right that would be in interceding for an erring loved one, as well as myself, and knowing that I had not been praying that way.
When I awoke during the night, I thought of JESUS’ words, and prayed for my erring one not to be led to temptation and to be protected from the evil one. I fell back to sleep, then again when I got up in the morning, I prayed in a like manner. Later in the day, all hell broke loose.
But, I had prayed, asking GOD to have HIS way and keep my loved one from temptation and the evil one, and now in the midst of this hurricane, HE is keeping me in perfect peace. I know I prayed GOD’s will. I know therefore, that HE heard me and is in the process of giving me what I asked for (I John 5:14-15). But, I sure can’t see it.
I don’t like trouble for myself, or for my family. In fact, I generally want to run from trouble. I dare say, that perhaps you might even feel the same way; most people do. It shows in the way many pray. They tell GOD to do this or that. But, should I demand what I think should be done, inadvertently assuming I know better, than my Creator, how things should be handled?
Good King Hezekiah did, and after crying before the LORD, he got what he wanted- more time to live on earth. But during those extra fifteen years, Hezekiah’s heart became proud, plus he had a son – Manessah. Then Hezekiah died and his 12 year old son- Manessah- became king. Before long, Manessah had undone all the good his father spent his entire life doing (See 2 Chronicles 33:1-9).
The LORD spoke to Manessah, but he would not listen. The LORD kept warning Manasseh and the people, but they refused to hear, so GOD sent an army to punish them and get their attention. They took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon.
In his distress Manasseh sought the favor of the LORD his GOD, and humbled himself greatly before the GOD of his father. When Manasseh prayed to the LORD, GOD ALMIGHTY was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so the LORD brought Manasseh back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD is GOD. He spent the rest of his life trying to undo all the evil he had done (2 Chronicles 33:10-13, 19).
Now we wouldn’t want someone to take our loved one, put a hook in his nose; bind him with shackles; and drag him off to a foreign county. But that is what it took for GOD to get Manasseh’s attention and turn him around. It worked! After he was afflicted, Manasseh lived the rest of his life for GOD and in the LORD’s favor.
What I see here is, GOD’s ways are not mine by a long shot. But HIS ways work, and achieve all that HE intends for them to do (Isaiah 55:8-11).
I also see, that no one has gone so far into sin, that GOD cannot redeem him. GOD can give repentance to the acknowledgement of the truth, exposing sin and deception, so that the erring one can come to their senses and choose to escape the snare of the enemy, who has caught him to do his seditious will (2 Timothy2:25-26).
Seeing this, I am confident that GOD is at work breaking the hold the evil one has over my loved one. For HE is faithful. I have peace, for I know I can trust GOD to know what HE isHugs doing. I cling to GOD’s promise to me- that all my children will be taught by the LORD and great will be their peace (Isaiah 54:13).
Looking unto JESUS, the Author and Perfector of my faith,