• Joni

YES!


I got the phone call

and heard her voice

from a hospital bed.

She said my name

but

not just my name

as we had a conversation

about

God~

the One who she knows

is with her

was with her

the day of her fall.

Now

she is eating

she is talking

she is remembering

as

she is a living

miracle

that only

the One

whom I prayed to

the One

whom many of you have prayed to

heard

our prayers

and

in three days

she is on her

journey of recovery

from

an accident

that could have

taken her life.

At first I questioned

"Is this really you God"~

as

did He really answer our prayers?

It is crazy, isn't it,

to question

God

when He answers a prayer

in the way that

we have asked Him to answer it.

It is overwhelming

to receive

what you have asked for

in the way that you have asked for it.

An answer to prayer~

a miracle.

Have you felt that way

in the midst of a trial

when you cry out to

Him

because

there is nothing else you can do

and you believe

that

He hears you

and then

He answers

in the way that you want Him to

and it

is overwhelming

&

hard to accept

&

hard to believe

that God did that for you?

But doesn't He always answer our prayers~

It may be a yes

It may be a no

It may be a wait for now~

but He always answers

in the best way

that is

the best for us

whether it is a yes

whether it is a no

or

whether it is wait.

So

Why Pray?

because

He hears~

I call on you, my God, for You will answer me; turn Your ear to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 17:6

Why Pray?

because

He cares~

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. I Peter 5:7

Why Pray?

because

His Son did~

But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.

Luke 5:16

What are you praying about

that you are in the

midst of waiting for an answer?

What have you prayed about

that you have received a yes or

that you have received a no?

Don't we all want a yes from God?

But aren't all of

His answers a

YES

because

He always responds

in the best way

that is the best way

for you & I

even if it doesn't appear to be in the moment.

I wish God

always

gave us what we wanted when we wanted it.

I wish

God

answered

all our prayers

with a

great big yes,

but then again

He has

because

His ways are perfect.

Just ask

Joseph,

the one with the

Technicolor Dream Coat

the one

who was thrown in a cistern

and

was sold into slavery

and

was

falsely accused

and was

put into prison

and

was forgotten by those who promised they would put in a good word for him...

But

God was with him all along

showing him favor

even though

it appeared

that God was saying no.

But

in due time

Joseph got the

yes

that he could see

when he was released from prison

and

was put in charge of all of Egypt

because

God was answering his prayers

because

it was always about

God's greater plan

God's greater purpose

in all things

as

Joseph could confidently now say to those brothers who betrayed him

"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." Genesis 50:20

So

Why Pray?

because

God is

always answering your prayers

with a

yes

as

He is always working behind the scenes for

your good

because

we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

as we are being

conformed to the image of His Son. Romans 8:29

I thank you

God

for answering our prayers for

Lori

and for answering all

of our prayers

whether we experience the answer we want

at this moment.

So

Put Joy in Your Story

and

Rejoice always, ___________ (PUT your name)

Pray continually, ______________

Give thanks in all circumstances _________________;

for this is God’s will for you, _____________,

in Christ Jesus.

I Thessalonians 5:6-8


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