Notice what Solomon did before and after he asked for wisdom.
The king went to an important place of worship and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings to the Lord. That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream (from 1 Kings 3:4-5).”
“Solomon woke up, returned to Jerusalem, stood before the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, and sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings (from 1 Kings 3:15).”
You should know this about God: “God does not just sweep life away; instead he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him (2 Samuel 14:14).”
One young man came back when he “became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him (Luke 15:16).”
Ask the Lord to devise a way to bring your loved one back.
God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).
Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord (Lamentations 2:19).
Love-filled prayers flow freely from hearts filled with God’s love.
“He prays best, who loves best
All things, both great and small;
For the dear God, who loves us,
He made and loves all.”
adapted from Samuel Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (text of 1834).
“In true prayer we don’t go demanding; we go trusting.
We don’t barge into God’s throne room with all the right words;
we go in looking for God’s love and mercy”*
*Rick Osborne, Teaching Your Child how to Pray, p.61.
Pray with confidence in God who controls everything for our good and His glory.
We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God (Romans 8:28).
All glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen (Philippians 4:20).
It’s easy to feel helpless when someone you love is sick. But the God to whom we pray is Jehovah-Raphe. He is the Lord who heals.
Click here for a Prayer Guide on Praying for the Sick.
The Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled (Romans 15:4).
Pray patiently. Wait patiently. God is true to the promises he made (Romans 15:8).
Jesus told his disciples he would “be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead. They didn’t understand what he was saying, however, and they were afraid to ask him what he meant (Mark 9:31-32).”
I’m not sure why they were afraid to ask. But I am sure that we don’t have to be afraid to ask Jesus anything.
He invites us to “come boldly to the throne of our gracious God (Hebrews 4:16).”
God promises those who mourn will be comforted (Matthew 5:4).
Though it does not take away the loss, God’s comfort soothes, like aloe on newly burned skin.
We pray to the God who is the source of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3).