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ARE YOU THERE, GOD?

Are You There, God?

by Heather McGillivray

Are You There, God?

Are You There, God?

“Prayer Traffic Control, this is Celestial Response Team. Request permission to go ahead with scheduled response, do you read?”

“Copy, Celestial Response Team. Permission denied.”

“With all due respect, Prayer Traffic Control, we’re three weeks behind and, seriously, it doesn’t look like we can hold our positions much longer. Requesting reevaluation.”

“Request denied. There’s no way anybody’s getting through on this channel. Eleven units are backed up waiting to be redirected. We’ll be cleaning this mess up for a while.”

“Copy, Prayer Traffic Control. Awaiting redirection orders; and, Sergeant… It isn’t..?”

“Yes, C.R.T., she’s at it again.”

“I thought Master Command was handling her cases from now on.”

“Seems she threw a curve ball at them when she began praying against the Master’s will…”

“Not again…”

“Unfortunately. The confusion is more than we handle, with playoffs season and post-Christmas spending petitions overload we’ve reached critical capacity, and, you know Heather—getting through to her is never an easy task, even for Master Command.  Word has it Gabriel, himself, is preparing a little visit… that is, once he can find his way through the disaster.”

“You think she would have learned by now—over.”

“Roger that, C.R.T. Over and out!”

Okay—so maybe ‘another day in paradise’ doesn’t quite play out like that, but I think it’s fairly safe to say we need not at all fear praying; we need to fear not praying at all. Sometimes the inhibitions about what might happen when we pray can keep us from praying.

We’ll call out in a crisis, bless our meals, and wrap up the day with reassuring requests for loved ones before nodding off to sleep.

But pray something through? From beginning to end—with all the clashes and combats, long nights of waiting and watching, perilous plummets, and giving-up-of-one’s self along the way? That kind of praying takes faith, and that kind of faith takes believing God is willing and able to handle even the biggest of blunders we make along the way.

To find that out we need to get started, and God provides the fodder for us to break through our predictable patterns and get us going in the right direction. Life is loaded with heartache and distress—in our own lives and the lives of those around us are insurmountable obstacles, grief, and suffering. It’s not enough anymore to simply offer up a ‘hope and a prayer.’ God calls us to live out the adventure and let Him take us deeper in our battle to overcome evil with good—on our knees.

Praying is so much more than something we choose to do whenever it suits us. It is a manner of living that changes everything. Along the way we learn to be corrected and built up; changed and healed—so that God can trust us enough to pour His heart out to us. What a privilege for a sinner like me to be made God’s confidante, and He is no respecter of persons—we choose how far we will go in letting God in.

Is the Father calling you to lead a more focused and determined prayer life? Nothing could be more exciting!

Prayer:

Lord, please encourage us to respond to your promptings to pray with passion. To go beyond what we’re comfortable with, and let you shift our thought patterns toward living a life of constant prayer in place of praying only when we feel a need to. We want to be the Daniels of this day; the Esthers and Mordecais; the Hudson Taylors who turn nations around; the Hezekiahs who prolong life; those Elishas whose dead bones, even, give life long after we’re gone—and we know that only You can accomplish that in us as we surrender daily  through prayer—in Jesus’ name.

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Heather McGillivray

Heather  would like to hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant,”when she finally gets home.. Visit her at her blog.

HOLDING ON TO FAITH

Holding on to Faith

by Mary Haskett

In times of crisis it can be difficult to hold on to our faith, but thank God we can immediately call upon Him for help. Our hearts may be racing with the trouble at hand, but we are assured He is there to help us.

Many times crisis  situations stir up panic, especially when those near and dear to us are involved. I recall a crisis 18 months ago when my littlest grandson was born with major health issues and my daughter became so ill that I flew to Ottawa to be with them. My prayers were desperate to start with, but as the plane took off I refused to entertain doubt and fear and made a concentrated effort to think about faith scriptures. Over and over in my mind I kept saying,  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen,” (Hebrews 11.1KJV), and as the plane soared into the skies my faith soared with it.

My son-in-law picked me up at the airport . Within an hour we stood in intensive care looking at a very sick baby. I will tell you in all honesty my faith started to waver, Have you been in a similar situation?  I willed myself  to focus on God’s word again.  Basically that verse is telling us our job is to exercise faith and hope, to look beyond the immediate and with our spiritual eyes believe and see resolution. I’m smiling now, as I think about my daughter fully recovered and that dear little Jacob—I still hear his laughter as he ran around our living room a couple of months ago.

Whatever your circumstance be encouraged and let faith and hope rule in your life.