Last night, a group of 12 folks prayed together in our living room for Fran's surgery. It was a sweet time of prayer but an even sweeter time of community. Which got me thinking...Why do we try to live this life as if we were on an island? We clam up at the first sight of vulnerability and we tend to shut people out when we feel like they might know we are not perfect. News flash, they already know you're not perfect. This time of prayer was special on multiple fronts, but in the end, we all received our marching orders - BE STILL and KNOW THAT I AM GOD. I felt the Lord give me a word that simply said, "Don't put a question mark where I have put a period." Still working out what that means for our situation right now, but I'm confident in His promises and I'm learning how to discern His still, small voice.
We are headed to bed now. We have to be at hospital at 6am tomorrow for pre-surgery work. I'll keep you posted on the progress. But for now, focus on a few verses with us:
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.