Psalm 138:3 When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.
Psalm 66:19 but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.
1 Chronicles 5:20 …He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him.
John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
John 5:14-15 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.
About three months ago, I shared a devotional on expecting answers to prayers. Today, I want to share a testimony of an answered prayer. In my post yesterday, I shared the heaviness on my heart of two beloved family members. My daddy has COVID 19. I didn’t share that I was talking about him in my post, but he assured me that he didn’t mind if I shared that the prayer requests were for him. He says that he is doing well. He has been sweeping and mopping and changing linens on the beds, busying himself during quarantine. I truly appreciate all of the prayers, Peeps! I love this man so much more that he will ever know. He poured the foundation upon which I stand, pointing me daily to Christ, not only in his words but also in his actions. Thank you for your prayers!
The second heavy hearted concern I shared was my aunt’s diagnosis with a return of cancer after being clear for the past four years. Let me explain to you that the doctor didn’t just call her and say, “I think your cancer is back.” No, he emphatically assured her that the cancer was back. He even put the ball into motion scheduling a PET scan as soon as possible, lining up surgery, and planning chemotherapy and radiation. My aunt asked, “Is there I chance that when you get in there it could be benign?” He told her no. He was absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt certain that she again had cancer. We cried, and we prayed. Friends on social media began to pray. I prayed for peace. I prayed for God’s will to be done. My aunt called me at work yesterday, and she said, “KK, you aren’t going to believe this!” She went on to say that the doctor called and said that he was embarrassed to make the call, but he was very happy to call her. He said that a mistake had been made. He received her cancer marker labs back, and they were unchanged. (If you have a recurrence of cancer, the numbers should go up.) So he decided to ask a different radiologist to review her CT scans. They compared scans from this year and last year, and on further review of the scans, the new spot that was described on Tuesday’s film wasn’t a new spot of cancer at all. It has actually waxed and waned on the films, had not increased in size, and thought to be a bowel loop. She will still keep the appointment for the PET scan so that we all have peace of mind, but at this moment we are standing on the fact that she does not have cancer! Talk about a rollercoaster ride of emotions! Was this simple human error, or was it divine intervention? I don’t know the answer to that, but I’m going to say it as probably a little bit of both. That human error of misreading the CT could have resulted in a major, unnecessary surgery. But God, He intervened.
This morning I awoke praising God and thanking Him for His many blessings. In the whole scheme of things in this big old world, I’m just a tiny little speck. I’m nothing. God is so BIG! Yet God hears the cries of this insignificant little speck. He answers my prayers. He comforts me. He reassures me. And He HEARS me! He hears little old me! I will always be amazed at that thought. My faith is not big, but my God is. I only have to trust in Him and ask that His will be done….and He answers my prayers! Do you pray with expectation? When you talk to God, do you expect answers? Are you even praying? If not, I plead with you to start an immediate conversation with the Father. He wants to hear from you. He already knows the heaviness of your heart, and He wants to lighten you load. Lay those things at the feet of Jesus and wait. Let go and let God have control of every area in your life. I guarantee you that you will soon start seeing answers to the things for which you have been praying for when you simply pray, “Your will, not mine, Lord.” He will answer your prayers too! Give God a chance.