I have thoroughly enjoyed the comments that many of you are leaving for all of us here at Rest Ministries following the devotionals and other articles and such.
As Romans 1:12 states, we here at Rest Ministries are all mutually encouraged by your faith. And here, among friends and people who understand, there are times we are even encouraged when you’re not feeling cheerful. Why? Because even when you are pouring out your heartache, you entrust us to be gentle with your emotions and we know that we are not alone in our dark and isolated evenings when everyone else is asleep and seemingly comforted.
This week I randomly chosen Margaret S. to receive our goodie bag here both Rest Ministries fun items as well as a copy of our latest Beyond Casseroles DVD.
She shared about the devotional, “Seeing Beyond Today When We Are Living with Illness”:
This morning I went back to bed just to think about things. I found myself praying to God asking why nothing ever seems to be enough. Even devotionals I have read talk about how we must do this and must do that in our relationship with God. Nothing is enough it seems. Am I enough Lord? “Of course”, He answered, and it is by His grace I am enough just as I am. I started to cry and the tension eased from within. I want to be better and some days I am and when I get the set backs like yesterday I want to be better instantly and forget to wait upon the Lord.
Here is a comment by Diana who responded to the devotional “Pryaing Through the Bumps of Chronic Illness.” I thought it would encourage you today:
Over the past several years, I’ve learned various things about asking others to pray for you through a mix of truths and errors. When I first became ill almost 20 years ago, I was not in intimate prayer with the Lord for any reason. I was ignorant and superficial in my understanding of God, Christ’s saving love and grace, and the intended intimate relationship followers of Jesus Christ could have with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
At one point especally deep pit early in the illness, I took my first step to the altar at my church to pray to God for help. It was awkward and frightening for me, but He took that first baby step and has grown me ever since. In time, I began to attend Bible Studies where often a list of prayer requests was sent around. I gained courage to began to ask for prayer for the illness and depression in my life, but there seemed to be something more I longed for than just writing my requests on a piece of prayer.
In more time, I found in God’s word Scriptures which spoke of praying together, praying with each other. As I began to sheepishly talk with others about this, I met what seemed to be fear of praying out loud by many. I, too, felt that fear, but sensed that the Lord was pulling me out of that fear into a passionate heart to pray with others, verbally or sometimes in written form through the internet or letters.
At first it was a struggle, but I now can say that I have been blessed both by the praying for others this way as well as being prayed for by others this way. To hear another pray a heart-felt prayer for my struggle, suffering or need is truly healing in and of itself. Love in prayer heals a broken heart! Now, I pray for others to be free of their fear of praying “out loud” or “with” others for this will be a blessing to them as well.
Even if it is just once a week, will you do me the favor and share with us your thoughts, your story, what you have learned or even your heartache this way we can mutually encourage one another!