Their relationship, although tainted by deceit, was one of mutual blessing. But things happened and there was no longer favor between them.
To the one, God said, “I have seen all. . . whatever God has said to you, do (Genesis 31:12-16).”
To the other, God said, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad (Genesis 31:24).”
Both men listened to God and their relationship was restored. Read the whole story in Genesis 29-31.
Paul prayed please. Please. Please, take away my affliction!
But the Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
When we are weak, we are strong (read the story in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10).
I heard His still small voice prompting me to communicate with her. I didn’t do it.
Learn to listen and obey.
Isaiah saw the Lord, sitting on a lofty throne. He heard the Lord ask, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”
He answered, “Here am I. Send me (from Isaiah 6:1-8).”
How would you respond if the Lord asked you?
I sat, reading. This verse jumped out at me: We have thought on your steadfast love, O God (Psalm 48:9).
I let Scripture guide my thoughts as I pondered God’s love. I listened and believed: God is love (1 John 4:16).
That is prayer.
When a friend’s behavior disappoints you, go immediately to the Lord.
Seek to discern what God wants to do in your friend’s life, and in yours, rather than concentrating on your friend’s sin.*
*adapted from Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God Day-By-Day, p. 132.
The Lord told Moses, “Go, for I am sending you.”
Moses protested, “Who am I to lead the people?”
God answered, “I will be with you (from Exodus 3:10-12).”
God still tells people who pray: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you (Hebrews 13:4).