- Published: Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:54
- Written by Bethany Looyenga
GOD'S there, listening for all who pray, for all who pray and mean it.
As some of you know, I had surgery a couple of weeks ago on my shoulder. The first few days were tough for me as I battled pain, discouragment, exhaustion, and dread for the upcoming months of recovery. It all looked tough, and the only prayer I could muster up was "Jesus."
Some of the questions rolling around in my head didn't have answers. And, as I repeated the name of Jesus over and over, His response was also on repeat, "Never give up!"
I thought I was suppose to surrender? At least that is what Jesus is always telling me, or so I thought, and now in my painful, discouraged, exhausted, pain-killer state of mind I'm hearing Him say that I need to fight?
"Jesus?" I say, "I just surrendered everything there is to fight for, I give it all up for you. Should I take it back?"
Well, so the conversation continued. God and I. I talked, He listened. He talked, I listened. It was good. Mostly, it still came back to "Oh, Jesus!". I love the verse in Romans 8:26-27--In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts know what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
This week is much better for me. My shoulder is healing like it has super powers, really it's God powers. I've been able to sleep more the past three of four days than I've slept in months, and I do not feel discouraged or in severe pain. Through my constant repeats, God was there listening to me. He sent His Spirit to give me exactly what I needed, even when I didn't know I was receiveing it at the time. He was filling me up, keeping promises He had made to me, loving me, and holding me close.
When we pray, this is what prayer does.