This is a piece of my prayer life from these past few weeks:
I am praying for a dear family who I’ve met only once or twice, in which the mother is suffering from a deer tick infection.
I am praying for a friend who I don’t know very well, but to my knowledge is not a believer. She recently lost her dad to a sudden, two month struggle with cancer.
I am praying for my choir director and her family, after the passing of her father-in-law.
I am praying for a fellow homeschooling family, in which one of the sons has been battling severe health conditions that none of the doctors can figure out for a long time now. He told his family that he’s let go of his faith, and no longer believes.
I am praying for my aunt and her daughter, my cousin (neither of them are believers). They recently received word that my aunt’s ex-husband (my cousin’s dad), who’d been missing for some time, was found dead.
I am praying for another family I know through homeschooling. I’m familiar with both the parents, as well as the youngest son (who’s going off to college this fall). The mother was recently diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer.
I am praying for a dear family from my church, after the death of their months old niece in a near drowning accident (she died on my birthday).
And I am praying for a friend/mentor who recently moved away to across the country for his job. Not too long after the move, his fiancee passed away, after a long, long fight with cancer…
There are many details that I haven’t shared here (and I’m sure there are lots more that I don’t even know about) that makes each of these stories even more in need of prayer. They’ve been weighing down on my heart for the past few weeks.
Some of these families and people I barely know, and I don’t pretend to have suffered anything like what any of them are going through right now. But I know that one day I will. I know that one day, my parents will pass away. That one day I or someone I hold dear will fall ill with a terrible disease, and possibly die because of it. That one day my so-far-no-storms life will be flooded with rain. I also know that despite these hardships, God still loves each and every one of these people.
And so I pray for them.
I’ve been praying many things for these families and individuals. I’ve been praying for God to give them His peace, comfort, and strength. I’ve been praying that they who are His people would learn to cling all the tighter to their Lord and Savior, and find their blessings through Him in these storms, and that those who do not know Him would learn to seek Him, and realize that this world is not all that there is. I’ve been praying for God to draw these people nearer to Him. That He would use these valleys to show them His character, His goodness. Most of all, I pray that the God who is able to turn weakness into strength, evil into good, darkness into light, would take these terrible situations and turn them around. That He would make His glory shine all the brighter through these dark times.
If you find yourself relating to any of the requests I shared above, I pray these things for you as well. Regardless of where you are right now with God, I pray that this time will draw you closer to Him, as your only shelter in the storm. I pray that you will find strength in Him as He carries you through whatever valley you find yourself in right now. And I pray that one day, when I must pass through my own storms, I will not forget these things, that I may do the same.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5