I am praying for something often right now. I want to log it here…for my reference, for your viewing…I want to remember what I prayed and how God answers.
Gifts and presents are sweet and kind. Love, laughter, and “Merry Christmases” touch the heart for a day, maybe a week. But, what is lasting? What stays with these hearts of ours that long for so much more, and need so much more?
I have often been told I have a big heart for God. I have pondered what this means and I have fondly concluded that it means that I have a big hole in my heart for God! While I know people have meant it as a complement, I know really what it is…I just really, really need a God who is as big as He says He is and I love to experience Him and demonstrate His love to others, as He has loved me. Nothing in this world can satisfy for very long, although many things can bring temporary pleasure…only God can permanently fill the hole that is in every heart. My hole might be larger than most…I don’t know, but I do know that I long for Him every moment of every day.
One thing that God has used in the past and even still uses for His children and for those who do not yet believe is miracles. For me, God doesn’t have to do a miracle for me to believe. I already believe. He has proven Himself true over and over again in my life. And I know that “a wicked and adulterous generation asks for miracles” (to believe). Right now, I just need to see even more of my Father’s face. And although I know I would not survive it if I did actually see His face, because of His brilliance and holiness and my brokenness and humanness…I long to see the work of His hands. I pray He grows my faith this winter. As the beauty around me dies for a season, I long to see more of the Father’s beauty. As I see relationships very near and dear to me literally die, I have decided to pray for multiple miracles. It is a work that is all His own. I was born a planner and with a desire to make things happen. I am my dad’s daughter and my dad is the most focused, driven person I know! But, so often my Father in heaven encourages me to seek Him and to surrender to His plans and conforms my heart and my desires and plans to His Will. Really, when it seems like my plans are good, it can be so frustrating to not make them happen, but that is when I remember what He tells me, “Not by your might Dawn, but by the power of My Spirit.” And Why? So man cannot boast I think! The Glory can only go to Him.
Will you join me in praying for many miracles this Christmas. God says in His Word that when two or more pray (and agree) in His name, that He is there with them (and He hears them). He also says “you have not because you ask not.” I am claiming these verses and also remembering to pray for these Miracles in a very specific way.
A Christmas Prayer 2016:
Lord, I pray you make miracles happen this Christmas of your own making and Will. Whatever miracles you have planned…you know the needs and desires of our hearts, I pray you make many happen this Christmas. I pray in faith and confidence in what you can do and that, as I go through my current trial, “you work all things for good for those who are called according to your purposes.” I place my trust in you. Amen.