Friday, April 4, 2008

Addition to the Prayer Request

I asked you yesterday if you would pray for one my friends who was about to loose her dad to cancer. Well, her dad passed away yesterday morning. Now I ask you that you would pray that I would have the grace and wisdom in talking to her about it and comforting her as well. And that this would bring her to Christ. But above all that Christ would be glorified. Thank you all for your prayers. Here is something I read a while ago and I thought it fit very well with this...

"Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am." - John xvii. 24.

O death! why dost thou touch the tree beneath whose spreading branches weariness hath rest? Why dost thou snatch away the excellent of the earth, in whom is all our delight? If thou must use thine axe, use it upon the trees which yield no fruit; thou mightest be thanked then. But why wilt thou fell the goodly cedars of Lebanon? O stay thine axe, and spare the righteous. But no, it must not be; death smites the goodliest of our friends; the most generous, the most prayerful, the most holy, the most devoted must die. And why? It is through Jesus' prevailing prayer-"Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am." It is that which bears them on eagle's wings to heaven. Every time a believer mounts from this earth to paradise, it is an answer to Christ's prayer. A good old divine remarks, "Many times Jesus and his people pull against one another in prayer. You bend your knee in prayer and say 'Father, I will that thy saints be with me where I am'; Christ says, 'Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am.'" Thus the disciple is at cross-purposes with his Lord. The soul cannot be in both places: the beloved one cannot be with Christ and with you too. Now, which pleader shall win the day? If you had your choice; if the King should step from his throne, and say, "Here are two supplicants praying in opposition to one another, which shall be answered?" Oh! I am sure, though it were agony, you would start from your feet, and say, "Jesus, not my will, but thine be done." You would give up your prayer for your loved one's life, if you could realize the thoughts that Christ is praying in the opposite direction-"Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am. " Lord, thou shalt have them. By faith we let them go.

-Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, March 22, pg. 165



Wow! Leah! My name is Savannah Butt and you inspire me! I believe God is working through you and this blog! I would love to know more about you! I am thirteen and God has been really changing me recently and I just want to encourage you to keep doing exactly what you are doing! You are not alone on this path of faith!
Be blessed, Leah!
In Jesus' name,
Savannah Catherine Butt <3

Leah said...

Nice to meet you!
Um...there isn't too much to know about me... just go check my profile. :) Or send me an e-mail. I'd like to know how God is working in your life. :)
Thanks again for the encouragment!

In Christ,