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I’ve Been Praying So Much For Her

Submitted by on November 7, 2009 – 12:00 pmNo Comment

Anonymous writes…

sick_girl_in_bed_istock_000001822033xsmall_crop380wHello I’m 21 years of age. The reason why I’m writing is because I have a sister who is sick she is diabetic and lately she’s been really really sick. She doesn’t get up from bed and I’m starting to feel like her sickness is not diabetes anymore but depression is making her feel that way. I’ve been praying so much for her as well as her church leaders and my parents. I don’t know what else to do? Please help me with any advice

Thank you GUB

Beloved by Him replies…

Dear Sister in the Lord,

You are doing right by your sister by continuing to pray for her. Sometimes we get frustrated when we have been praying awhile and we don’t see the Lord acting on our requests, but that’s when we need to press in and continue praying, trusting that He hears our requests and He has already answered our prayers in His time—He just hasn’t revealed that answer yet (Ps. 18:30, Daniel 10:12, Is. 55:8, I John 5:14-15).

Dearest, don’t grow weary in doing good by praying and supporting your sister (Gal. 6:9-10). In fact, I would encourage you to consider praying for the grace to receive this situation as from the hand of God, and that He would give both you and her the strength to do His will right where you are. Sometimes it’s more important to God to refine us by our affliction than it is to remove the problem without teaching us patience, faith, and longsuffering (I Peter 4:12, James 1:4, Is. 48:10). Of course we can ask that your sister be healed, but we also need to pray that God’s will is done, whatever it may be (Matt. 6:10, Jer. 17:14).

proverbs-18-copy3It’s not uncommon for chronic illness to cause depression. Your sister could be feeling the emotional burden of her illness, and if she’s tired and worn in her spirit, it makes it very difficult to cope (Pr. 18:14). This is where you may be able to intervene on her behalf. By being steadfast and keeping your hope in God, you can be an encouragement to her, helping her carry this burden and assuring her that you will stand by her and be a support for her (Gal. 6:2, Prov.17:17). Pray for the love and resolve to stick with her, even if things get rough or it takes longer than you thought it would to see a breakthrough in this situation.

That’s what patience and longsuffering are—taking a burden and glorifying God by our response to it. I always liked the way my study bible describes patience. It calls it “an active response to opposition, not a passive resignation to the inevitable.” Even in trials and pain, we can choose to be positive, trust God’s faithfulness in the good and bad times, and experience His love and hope as they are poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Job 13:15, II Tim. 2:13, Rom. 5:3-5).

In Colossians 1:9-12, the Apostle Paul shares a great prayer for times like these. He writes,

“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father Who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” (NKJV)

jesus-cross3Part of that inheritance is suffering. We are not greater than Jesus, and He was called to suffer for us. It’s not easy, but we’re actually called to rejoice when we partake in His sufferings and bring Him glory (I Peter 1:6-7, 4:13). Some days may be easier than others, but it will be your decisions to trust and praise God that will be a testimony to those around you.

Keep encouraging your sister. Remind her that these trials, though difficult, are truly only temporary in light of the eternal glory waiting for us in Christ Jesus (II Cor. 4:17). Pray for God to show you ways to cheer her up, which will also be good “medicine” for her (Prov. 17:22). Most of all, hold fast to your love for God and for her, because that love will help you bear and believe all things, no matter what (I Cor. 13:7).

Let’s pray for both of you.

Heavenly Father, Dearest Jesus, Awesome Holy Spirit,

Thank You for always allowing us to come to You with all of our prayers and petitions. You have blessed us already with Your salvation and Your love, and I pray that You would give us an even greater knowledge of You every day, as we see Your works and Your faithfulness in our lives. Lord Jesus, I pray that my sister would be encouraged by Your Spirit at work in her heart, comforting her and giving her strength to serve her sister, no matter what comes along. I pray that the sister would be healed if it is Your will, that You would touch her, in her body and in her spirit, and that she would be delivered from illness and depression, and that she would arise with healing and give You glory. I thank You that every trial and trouble will be used for good in our lives, and that You are perfectly trustworthy to take care of us, because You love Your people and You will only act in our best interests. Thank You for my sister’s heart for her sister, that she has Your love for her and that she wants to see her sister healed and blessed. I pray that You would give us grace to accept Your will, and faith in Your faithfulness to Your people. We love You, Lord Jesus, and we give You all praise and glory because You are worthy. In Your name we pray, Jesus, Amen.

We love you, sister, and we know that God is actively working on Your behalf. Keep your eyes on Him, not your trials, and expectantly wait in thankfulness for Him to provide all your needs according to His riches in glory, praise God.

Much love,

Beloved by Him

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