As we discussed yesterday, we can go into the presence of the Most Holy God, trust Him, and have confidence in Him so we can lead our lives with pure hearts, forsaking evil desires because of His promise that has been given and kept; God is trustworthy, so we can be faith-worthy. We have Christ’s empowerment and His assurance for living. We can hold onto Christ tightly, and not waver when times are bad or we can’t see where we are or are going (Heb 10:23-25).
Yesterday I asked for you to join with me in prayer for the Lord to do a supernatural work in a situation so that my husband cannot deny it is the Lord’s work, so that he may be saved. Several things happened and words were said to me that caused me to question if I was asking correctly. I was brought to two passages.
The first reminds me that in order to please the Lord, I must have faith. “Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” (Heb 11:6) So what is faith? “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb 11:1)
Paul reminded Timothy why Paul was given mercy: “But I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience as an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life.” (1 Tim 1:16) And he goes on to explain why we need to recall these things to our minds, “so that by recalling them you may fight the good fight” (v 18).
The beginning of the following chapter was God’s gift this morning to remind me that it is His will for us to make petitions for others. “First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim 2:1-4)
I am unworthy of the mercy and grace I have received. But in giving me His grace, it is a testament to “His extraordinary patience as an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life”. We are urged with intensity to make “petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings for everyone…[it] is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”.
I’m coming back to a statement I read this morning: God is trustworthy, so we can be faith-worthy. So today, I ask again for you to come along with me in prayer, asking that the Lord grant our petition in court on Wednesday in a way that my husband cannot miss that it is the Lord who provided funds. When my husband understands WHO provided this supernatural outcome, I ask that my husband’s heart becomes softened so that it leads him to belief in Jesus Christ, both for my husband’s salvation and for the Lord’s glory.
Lord, hear our prayers so that You will be magnified. Lord, I know it is Your will that all be saved and I believe You have placed me in my husband’s life for Your kingdom purpose. Lord, I thank You for what You will do for Your glory. In the precious name of Jesus, amen.