“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness’…”. 2 Corinthians 12:9.
Isn’t it a lot easier to believe that scripture for yourself than it is for others? Especially if you have that minion on your shoulder trying to get you to “control” everything. That minion has a name, it’s the spirit of Jezebel. As a child of God, we have dominion over that spirit but we have to know what it is and take authority over it through the name given above all names, Jesus Christ. “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,” Philippians 2:9-10.
Often times we worry more about our loved ones than we do ourselves. I use to worry about my husband. Worry about his health, worry about the future…just worry. I see others worrying about their families, their friends and anything else that may be worrisome. I would pray for my husband then worry. Sounds silly coming from a “Christian”, huh?
Then I realized what I was doing. I trusted God for His continued grace in my life but did I trust Him enough for His continued grace in my husband’s life? Of course, at the time I didn’t realize that was happening. If you would have asked me I would have (honestly) said I trust the Lord in all things but my fruit didn’t show it because of my worry. Finally one day God revealed to me my lack of trust in Him. My husband is one of God’s children also. The Lord’s grace is sufficient for him as well. Finally, just like parents dedicating their child to the Lord, I had to literally dedicate my husband to the Lord. I had to turn him over to the Lord and trust God for His continued grace.
There is a peace that comes in trusting God with the ones you love. ” We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. ” Romans 8:28. Worry is just another distraction to keep us from believing in our prayers. When we see our brothers and sisters in Christ suffering, we don’t worry, we pray and trust God that His grace is sufficient for them also. When we see others, who don’t know the Lord, we still don’t worry. We pray for them as well. We pray for the Lord’s continued grace in their lives. We stand in the gap for them. We pray for God to unveil their eyes. We pray for God to send out His worker’s to cross their path.
Just the other day I was talking to someone on the phone and they were wound up, stressed out and ready to blow their top. I know this person and they have a relationship with the Lord. I started praying. Praying for God to give them peace and strength. Several hours later I talked to them again and they were talking about how the rest of their day went so smooth. My point is not that “I” prayed but that the Lord listens to our prayers. Our faith is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ work on the Cross we can “…come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16.
We have been given liberty in prayer through the Blood of Jesus. The Lord’s grace is sufficient for all, not just you or me. Trust in the Lord and pray for His continued grace and mercy. Meditate on God’s grace today instead of worrying about if it will be enough for tomorrow. Find peace and know that the anchor will hold. – Donna Warren