Read 1 John 5: 1-14
This is the confidence we have in approaching
God: that if we ask anything according
to his will, he hears us.
For years my daughter Deanna has suffered from frequent,
severe migraine headaches that only medication and a dark,
quiet room can lessen. Seeing this, I feel helpless and wish I
could suffer in her place; but I can’t. So for three years now I
have been praying for her healing — fervently, hopefully, confidently, and with as much faith as I can muster. And yet my
daughter continues to experience this pain that I can’t fix.
The Bible tells us that we will receive if we ask. But it also
tells of two sets of disciples who prayed for two different men
of God to be released from prison. I’m sure both groups
prayed fervently, hopefully, confidently, and with as much
faith as they could muster. Yet an angel freed Peter, and John
the Baptist was executed. Did Peter’s disciples pray harder
than John’s disciples? If
not, why does God seem to
answer some prayers and
Surely God hears all our
prayers and answers us.
Sometimes the answer is immediate; sometimes God says,
“Not now.” And sometimes we may never know the answer. I
will continue to pray for my daughter — knowing that God’s
love for her is even greater than mine. I trust that God hears
us and responds in ways beyond our understanding.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to trust that you will always
respond to our prayers, though we may never understand
your timing or your answer. Amen.
Tom Smith (Utah)
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM MIGRAINES
— 1 John 5: 14 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
God sees a big picture that is
beyond my range of vision.