Thankful Thursday

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I’m so thankful that my friend Courtney got a new job, and I could jump up and down with her yesterday!  We have been praying over that in her life, and it is so good to see answered prayer.

This mini celebration in a way awakened my thankfulness for sharing life with other believers.  I’m not sure why, but God has given me so many people to pray for in the last two weeks, that I hardly have time in the morning to pray for myself.

What a gift this is.  What a refreshing change from my day to day that tends to revolve around me and my wants and needs and small insignificant troubles.

What a privileged it is to be JUST as excited for someone, because you have begged God for the same things they have.  What a comfort it is to know that although she wanted the job – we didn’t pray for the job – but God showed up and knew what was best.

I pray that God continues to show me what praying for others looks like.  I also pray that I never grow weary.  That I never think that God’s forgotten about these people- that he is always actively pursuing them in the times when it feels like there is no answer.

James 5:15 says, “Is anyone among you suffering?  Let him pray.  Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.  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. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up….Therefore, confess you sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”

The verse goes on to say the prophet Elijah prayed for 3 years and 6 months that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t rain. Then he prayed again, and heaven “gave rain”. My prayer is that I would have that type of faith.  May I never limit what God can do by my human understanding.

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