Saturday, March 19, 2011

Panic or pray?

My parents were first generation Christians.  They married young and were determined to create a better life for their children.  They struggled.  When my Dad left behind a decent paying job as a market manager at a major grocery store and entered Bible College to pursue God’s call to ministry, the struggle increased.  I remember on many occasions telling my parents we were not poor, just broke.  One Sunday morning I walked down the hall of our small rent house to see my Dad kneeling in prayer in the living room.  I asked my Mom what was going on and she showed me our empty pantry and empty fridge.  I said, “So, we will go to the store after church.”  My Mom explained we had no money until payday on Friday.  I felt panicked!  What would we do?  My mom explained the answer to our dilemma was my Dad was praying.  Praying?  That is great, but you can’t eat prayers!

Life lesson:  Prayer WORKS!

We were literally walking to the front door to leave for church when we heard a knock.  A family friend stood at the door with tears in his eyes, and said, “I am not sure why I am here, but I had to bring this to you.”  My Dad told him he was an answer to prayer.  I am not sure he fully understood how he had been used by God.  My mom unpacked venison and homemade jelly from the box, and found a $50 bill at the bottom.  That would be enough food and money to meet our need until payday.  The food and money met the physical need, but the living testimony of faith and the power of prayer met a deep spiritual need in my life.  I was being called to live a life of FAITH that replaced FEAR.

I love the testimonies of believers in Hebrews chapter 11, the hall of faith.  Hebrews 11:6 says, “So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”   The challenge is to LIVE by faith.  Without faith, it is impossible to please God.  I must ask myself a difficult question, “What in my life requires faith?”  I trust God with my eternity, but do I trust God with my present?  Do I depend upon Him to provide my needs daily as Jesus instructs us to pray in the Lord’s Prayer?  What about the testimony of our lives to our children?  Do they see us live by faith?  Do we give sacrificially or make decisions that require faith?  

I desperately want to please my Heavenly Father and know this requires a life of faith.  I know prayer works.  I know He is faithful.  The greatest challenge is to live out that knowledge.  God promises to supply all our needs.  I am convinced we miss so much of an exhilarating faith walk because we don’t live a life that requires faith.  What a challenge!  Brian and I are praying that God would call us to a life of faith and that we would have the courage and living faith to obey!  Working hard to walk the walk…Heather   

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