First off today, a bit of “housekeeping”: By the time this posts, Cathy and I should just about be arriving at a warm and sunny seashore where we will enjoy a week of relaxation on a beautiful beach. As a result, I will be absent from this chair for the forthcoming week. However, you will hardly notice as I have scheduled posts for each day at the typical times. No doubt you will notice a repeat of last year’s “Thanksgiving week” posts that chronicle my adventures in getting ready for the big day… I had fun writing those, I must say. Please feel free to leave your comments, but they may take a while to show up… Beginning on Monday November 28, I will begin a short series of posts on the prophet Joel.
With that out of the way, I wanted to share something with you that took place in my local small group the other night. Two weeks ago our group anointed one of our members in prayer for an upcoming surgery to remove a kidney that appeared to be cancerous. The following Friday the surgery was completed, and last week it was confirmed malignant. The interesting thing was that the surgery was on Friday and he was in church on Sunday, and then subsequent tests revealed that there is no sign of any lingering cancer and he has, as I understand it, a clean bill of health.
Then last week, we again prayed with a member about a chronic knee condition, and by the following Sunday it was gone. The other night we were discussing how amazing our God is when His people pray big prayers with boldness and faith that he will keep his promises.
I really don’t have much more to say on the subject other than to ask a simple question:
If we believe that God answers prayer, and if we believe that God keeps His promises, then why do we spend so much of time doubting Him, and why are we surprised when He comes through?
And with that, I’ll say see you in a week or so, and have a great Thanksgiving!