Romans 12:11-12 – Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (NIV)
Our God always answers our prayers. We are an impatient people, so maybe we don't get the answers fast enough to suit us, or it might not be the answer we wanted to hear.
My sister, Sharon, had multiple sclerosis, which left her both blind and deaf because of the disease's effect on the nerves. We communicated by the deaf/blind hand signals.
Then she developed breast cancer. We were all so devastated. She had suffered so much with the MS, and now this. We prayed for a healing. Sharon had to undergo surgery and chemotherapy, which left her in such a weakened state. The cancer grew faster than anyone expected. None of us gave up; we still believed we would get our miracle.
Sharon's morphine doses were increased to help control her pain. She was having so much difficulty trying to communicate because her brain was in such a fog because of the drugs.
We still prayed for a miracle, for her healing.
Then Sharon went into seizures brought on by the MS. When she came back to consciousness, her hearing and her sight had been returned to her. She could see us and hear us. We were able to communicate with her, and she was able to understand us. We had our answer, and our miracle.
God had said "no" to us on healing Sharon of her cancer, but He gave us the ability to talk to her, and for her to see our loving faces, the faces of her husband and children, and of her family and friends. He gave us the opportunity to say goodbye, and for me to tell my dear sister how much I will always love her.
We have a loving, merciful Father. He gives us what is most important for us, even if it is not what we had asked for. He answers our prayers and gives us the most precious gifts possible.
Prayer: Yes, God, You do answer our prayers! Help us to remember that You know what is best for us. You are our Father, and You love us dearly. Amen.