Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "The Head That Once Was Crowned"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 103:1-4,17 – Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits — who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases. From everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children. (NIV)
God in His mercy and love has answered many of my prayers. Some situations required an urgent answer; others not so much.
When my children were very small, I was at death's door. I was quickly slipping away. I cried to the Lord in desperation to let me live long enough to raise my babies. God is so good! My babies grew up, and now I have three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Thank You, Lord!
Another example of a cry to God consisted of three words: "Lord, help me!" My little boy choked on an apple piece. Nothing that I tried was dislodging it. He went limp and blue in my arms. That's when I cried out to the Lord for help. Immediately, he coughed up the apple and began to cry. Thank You, Lord!
The third example was not critical but important to me. Three little ones had no one to look after them on Christmas Day. When they arrived, they had lice. Panic city! I prayed to the Lord to prevent an invasion. Baths in warm, soapy water and washed-and-dryer-dried clothes saved the day — wonderful days for all of us. Thank You, Lord!
Through the decades, I have learned that God answers all kinds of prayers. Sometimes, His answer is "Yes", but at other times, it is "No" or "Wait", according to His wisdom and foreknowledge. In every case, His Word reminds us to "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your love, mercies, and healing. Thank You for hearing our heart's cry in all circumstances. Nothing is too small or too big for You. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.