Thursday, October 20, 2011

With Eternity In Mind

A comment from a friend made me stop and take notice the other day. We were talking about praying for unsaved loved ones. She said simply, I just pray Lord, do whatever you have to do. That's trust talking, that's letting go and giving the person to God.

 I  pray for the salvation of loved ones..."but do whatever you have to do"... think of the implications of that statement, I had conditions, I hadn't really given those loved ones over to the Lord to "do whatever he had to do" to bring them into fellowship with him?

The discussion continued, I was reminded that God's plan often does not look like ours and what would seem like a horrible scenario could be just the plan God would use to bring someone to the end of themselves, and yes it can be painful. Could I get to the point where I could trust God with the life of one I loved? OK not just say it but really mean it?

I know God is good, I know he is sovereign and in control, now I just need to live as if I believed it.

Who has understood the mind of the Lord or instructed him as counselor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who has taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding?  Isaiah 40:13-14

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of heaven and earth, He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom  Isaiah 40:28


Petra said...

It takes a lot to pray like that, to let go and to trust fully. But there comes a time when God and His wisdom become the only 'real' hope left! Blessings of His peace, my friend!

Sandy said...

God is our true hope for our
loved ones and every other
need in life. Looks like
several of us are posting
along these lines today.

cindy said...

I know all too well what giving our lives and those we love to God.
I struggle with trusting Him again because of the loss our family experienced. We lost our oldest son, Joshua, who was 16 at the time. He would be 24 now.

It is easy for people to say “trust God”. My hunch is that God has been pretty faithful to those people. It is a terrible burden to try and trust in God, again. I know He is real and am so thankful for our saviour, Jesus Christ. It is his feet that I layed my heart and soul- just wanting to touch the hem of Jesus’ robe.

As for God, I am like Jacob. The difference is that I have been wrestling with him for 8 years.

Thank you for being so transparent.
Ask around I’m certain not many would be willing to give up their child. I know personally that nothing on this side of Heaven have I seen anything worth taking my son.


Farm Girl said...

You know a long time ago that was my prayer too. Then I saw the things that God did to those I loved to draw them close to Him. I stopped praying that.
Now I pray, Oh Lord draw them to you
and open their eyes to the great love that you have for them.
I always believe in showing them His Word and letting them see His love letter like I did and that is how I came to faith.
I don't have the strength to pray like the first prayer anymore. I think in praying that first prayer it broke and changed me.
So now, I have learned to wait.
Thanks for sharing your heart.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I am there also...and I have been praying Lord whatever is needed, then I cry. I also know that He has mercy on us also, not just the one who He is bringing to Himself. I also know that I want Eternity as the prize, not earthly prize.

Thanks for the encouraging post to continue to pray for salvation for loved ones.

LDH said...

I continue to pray for a handful of folks for their salvation ~ some I have been praying for many, many years.

Some amazing verses from Isaiah you have posted!

susanwalkergirl said...
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susanwalkergirl said...

Hi Maryann,

Like your friend, I also prays Lord, do whatever You have to do to bring this person to an end of themselves so they will cry out to You for salvation.

There is nothing more important in the world.

Blessings in Chris...Susan

Debbie said...

I too have prayed this way, but not often and with great fear I will confess. It is soo hard to think of what He might have to do. But I when I have TRULY considered the alternative of their dying without Him, then I know REAL fear. Whatever they might have to endure here on earth would be nothing in comparison to an eternity without God in hell. This was a GREAT post! Have a good day....HUGS

Camille said...

How WONDERFUL it is to REST in the LORD and HIS perfect Sovereignty!! We are so blessed to belong to HIM! Yes, indeed...food for thought...*whatever it takes*...may the LORD work this in us too!!

Many blessings,