Our Desires vs His Will

16 10 2012

I recently had a woman tell me that when she was a teen she had the awful experience of watching her 17-year-old sister slowly die of cancer. The life tragedy was devastating. She said that she would never forget the Christian prayer warriors who came to minister to the family. They prayed for healing, but consigned everything to God’s will. I have done the same thing many, many times. She was absolutely crushed that they were willing to pray a prayer that could lead to her sister’s death. She may not have understood theology or sovereignty, she only desired her sister be healed or at least to have the cancer go into remission. But, if it be God’s will….

It caused me to take a good hard look at my way around those who have a fatally ill loved one. Do I use cliché’s, a one-size-fits-all answer to a heartbreaking situation? Instead of praying for God’s will be done, perhaps it is best to ask, “what is your desire?”. Their desire could be for a peaceful passing, or perhaps a healing or even just a short time of clarity or strength for their ailing loved one. Why not pray according to their desire? They are close to the situation and God could be speaking to them about how to pray. If they do not know the Lord, they may appreciate your sensitivity to their needs. In the case of this woman and her sister, they would not have given up hope in this desperate situation. Besides, they lacked the spiritual depth to understand such a prayer.

Psalm 37:4 speaks about receiving the desires of our heart if we would delight our self in Him. Why not pray according to their desires and let God sort it out?

Psalm 37:4
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

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