Friday, December 16, 2011

Pray for the Future

Pray for the Future is part three of a three-part series. It was my first series, and because they are so personal, they are three of my favorite posts I've written. I've been excited and honored to be able to share them with Write It, Girl!

In case you've missed the first two...
Part Two—Pray for Strength

Pray that you would accept the situation. Pray for strength to get through the situation. Pray for the future.

To me, it feels like if I accept an unpleasant situation, it’s final. Maybe it’s a doctor’s diagnosis, a rebellious child, an empty marriage, or another situation I never thought I’d be in. If I accept it, is this the way it will be for the rest of my life? Sometimes it feels like it. But is it?

It was God’s will for Jesus to go to the cross for sins that were none of His own. While He didn’t spare Him from the situation, He did send an angel from heaven to strengthen Him. Jesus accepted the situation and was crucified for our sins. But we know that’s not the end of the story. Accepting the situation did not mean it was final.

“But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.

The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, ‘Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.’” (Luke 24:1-7 NLT)

Jesus rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God the Father, just as it was foretold. God had a plan, and His plan came to pass, just as He said it would. God has a plan today—for you and for me. Though He may take us through circumstances we don’t want to be in, He doesn’t just leave us there. He promises to always be with us.

Through prayer, God will help us accept a situation we don’t want to be in. If it’s not His will to take us out of the situation, He will strengthen us to walk through it. And if He allows us to go through it, that doesn’t mean it’s forever, even if it feels like it.

This is part three of a three-part series.

4 comments:

  1. God has a plan, for me.
    God has a plan, for me.
    This is something I need to remind myself daily and strive to uphold.
    Thank you for your post--
    Beautiful series!
    I better catch up! :)
    ~nikki

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  2. Praying for the future. I know God has a plan, one that has yet to be fully known by me. Trusting my future to the One who holds my future!

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  3. Laura:

    Often we "worry" about the future, but we know that God has a plan for our lives. Nothing that happens to us doesn't go through His hands first. Instead of worrying, we need to pray!

    Thank you for linking up at Reflections of His Grace.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  4. "Through prayer, God will help us accept a situation we don’t want to be in. If it’s not His will to take us out of the situation, He will strengthen us to walk through it. And if He allows us to go through it, that doesn’t mean it’s forever, even if it feels like it."

    So true!

    Funny how we resist "accepting" things, as if we have much control over it all anyway!

    Thanks for sharing, Laura! It has been so fun to get to know you through Write It, Girl!

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!