“Where two or more have gathered together in My name…”

Yesterday, after getting back to my parents’ house from visiting some friends at the hospital, I found myself walking around my mom’s kitchen, as my mom was getting supper ready, thinking, “God just CAN’T take him yet. It just wouldn’t make any sense.”

But almost as quickly as the thought passed my mind, the Holy Spirit corrected me.

God absolutely can. He is God. He wouldn’t be any less holy, any less good, any less worthy. He wouldn’t be any less loving towards any of us, toward our friend fighting for life, or even toward his wife and family. His ways are above ours. This is a broken world, and it’s not what we’re meant for. For a non-believer, that may sound like a “cop out”, but think about it this way: Would you really want a GOD you COULD explain fully and understand completely? He wouldn’t be worth worship if He was only as smart as you, as clever as you, if He WERE you (or especially me). As a believer, it is a comfort and hope, knowing that our God loves us, wants His best for us, and has a great plan. He is our Comfort, our Hope.

Matthew 7:9-11        Or what man is there among you [a]who, when his son asks for a loaf, [b]will give him a stone?10 Or [c]if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

Sometimes I work out these great reasons in my head that God should answer my desperate pleas the way I think is best. Like in this situation: This would be an amazing miracle, for our friend to be completely healed, and could give such a great testimony and glorify God. It would be a beautiful miracle. And would allow him to continue to be his wife’s sweet helpmate, a sweet grandfather, and godly friend who doesn’t turn people away. But faith is trusting God’s plan. I choose to trust in Him, instead of trying to reason why He might answer my prayers the way I want. God’s ways are above ours. He knows best, which is far better than I can orchestrate!

Philippians 4:6-7          6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all [a]comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Sometimes God answers my prayers with a fast, bold, miraculous yes. A friend facing a diagnosis of either a fracture or a chronic illness, affecting her health and a change of eating habits for the rest of her life, goes back to the doctor and receives a clean bill of health. Of the 4 women I prayed for over the course of a year or two with the little c (cancer), are each cancer free!

Sometimes God says, “My plans are bigger, more complex, and much better than yours, so no. I want better for you and for My Glory.” I was diagnosed with a “moderate to severe” chronic illness. We faced a miscarriage. The legal system runs over multiple people around us. We follow God down a path only to see the door shut. In each of those situations God has shown His providences, His comfort, His mercies, His grace, His glory… I could keep going. Some things we may never fully understand.

Is prayer still important? Absolutely!

Our communication with God is vital. He wants to hear from us, hear our hearts. He knows everything, but He wants to hear it from us. He does love us dearly. He is with us in bold and beautiful ways as we pray together. He does answer our prayers.

Matthew 18:20          20 For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

With all of this said, I’d like to ask for your prayers. If you were in my small group you’d know that I have lots going on, most all of the time, and as such have many requests. (I’m needy and wordy, can you tell?) Although this is true, I bring but one request to this open platform right now. If you would take the time to pray for a friend of ours, I’d be so thankful. We have a family friend who, while recovering in intensive care from major emergency surgery, is now facing, newly found, stage 4 cancer. Join with us as we pray for my friend, Mr. B, and his wife and family. God does perform miracles still today! This is what I’m praying for. I know that He’ll heal our friend here or there, but I hope there’s more ways God wants to work through Mr. B here and now. Critical times. Time for prayers!

I’ve already shared this verse above, but lets read this again:

Matthew 18:20       20 For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

Please pray as you read this post, and again, together, at 6 PM tonight, the 18th of November. Prayers for Mr. B, the doctors and nurses at the hospital, for his bold strong wife, for his children and grandchildren, brothers and sisters… all of his family, and their testimony through all of this. Prayers for any donors who could be needed, any of our body of believers that may be ministering to them throughout this ordeal. Prayers for healing, understanding, peace, mercy, grace, hope, more healing, miracles… and above all, always, for God’s will and GLORY.

Psalm 103:2-4

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;

James 5:14-15          14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, [a]anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer [b]offered in faith will [c]restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, [d]they will be forgiven him.

There are so many more great verses in the Bible for times such as these.

It’s almost like God knew we’d face hard times like this. (sarcasm of course – He did know. He’s our provider, giving us His healing Word!)

Please offer any verses of hope, help and encouragement during this time that we may pass along, and/or share with others, through this post, going through impossible times such as these, in the comments below.


3 thoughts on ““Where two or more have gathered together in My name…”

  1. Thanks all for your prayers for our friend, and his family. Our friend has been fully healed, as we will one day! I rejoice for him, and cry for his loved ones left here without him.

    John 11:35 Jesus wept.

    Precious prayers for them during this time, especially his dear wife.

    Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

    We All Need Help – devotional by John Piper

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