Friday, October 11, 2013

Full Circle Prayers

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Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us;

     Sometimes it can be so difficult to see the answer to our prayers.  We are often specific and then we know that we know our prayers were answered.  Other times we get an answer and are not sure if that was what we were praying for.
     This story was so fascinating I wanted to share it with you.  I will not give the real names or locations to protect the identity of these friends. 
     One of my dearest friends (Denise) was telling me the “rest of the story” this week.  Her son (Chad) several years back had gone on a missions trip.  While he was away his passport and visa were stolen.  This began an entire month of trying to get him out of Bangladesh without being sent as a refugee to another country to await a court ruling.
     We prayed for Chad’s return…quickly!  We had others praying as well.  We, to this day praise God for his release from Bangladesh.  We felt his release was the answer.
      Denise shared that Chad met a couple (Arthur and Barbara) this week and shared this experience.  The couple became pale with the description of this event.  They began to explain that they were aware of his circumstances. While Chad was being detained in that country, the couple had been contacted and were asked to fill in for the missionary who had stayed behind to care for Chad. Arthur was asked to lead a mission trip to his homeland.
      While Arthur was leading the mission team to his homeland, Barbara felt lead to fast for him the entire time he was away.  She felt the heaviness of his leading the group and was also concerned for this young man (Chad) who she had not met nor was given his name. 
      Arthur returned without incident.  Barbara had had many medical challenges.  Her doctors had told her that she would never be without pain.  Barbara was told there was nothing more they could do for her.   Upon the arrival of Arthur and the ending of her fast, Barbara came to realize she was without pain.  She has not had pain since she broke her fast for her husband, and the detained “young man.”  She saw the answer to her prayer was her husbands safe return and her pain free life. 
       As Chad, Arthur and Barbara celebrated this “full circle” of prayer, the rest of the story must be noted.  The purpose of Chad meeting Arthur and Barbara is he had recently met their daughter and is interested in dating her.  Should Chad one day be God’s choice for Arthur and Barbara’s daughter, Barbara’s prayers may have been for the release of her future son-in-law.

      Moms, we will probably never see the full ramifications of the prayers for our children and their future spouses.  Don’t underestimate what our perfect Savior may be doing through our minuscule understanding of prayer!

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