Often when you look at a forest from a distance, the trees seem to make a continuous carpet from the canopy and it is easy to conclude of their similarities. Inclusivity may dominate ignoring the greater differences that may be not only seen but also felt when walking below now the canopy. Differences in species, height, thickness, colour, shape may be so loud leading to greater appreciation.
This is what happens in life, many a time we may seem to be passing in similar issues in life, and sometimes we draw comfort from this seeming inclusion. Joblessness, marriage conflicts, desire for a spouse, death, sickness, depression... All this fall to men and women in this world. But how should we consider these matters? If someone has requested for prayers, how should we bear it in our hearts and in our prayers?
Let's look at some the different ways how Christ delt with different issues with humanity. (Exodus 3:1 to 4) Moses, alone. In the desert. A shepherd. Frustrated of his own efforts to save the children of Israel! As he tends the flock thereat the Mountain of God, an angel appeared, and as Moses developed interest, God called him by His Name! God not only knows our name but our interests! Am sure someone else would have failed to consider the burning bush, but Moses did asGod knew what would awaken his mind till he moves near.
(Isaiah38:1 to 8) Hezekiah, sickly unto death, in pain, understanding that he is going to die. Turns to the wall, weeping he prayed. In the morning, God gave His prophet a message to the king. That he had heard his prayers. Ooh, how many have prayed not to die but they have died! God understands our individual prayers! He desires that they may ascend in our own individuality.
(Acts9: 10 to 17) Ananias, a disciple of God. In a vision, God calls him... and tells him, "Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth" God knows the street and the apartment you live. You can be sureAnanias never got lost but he traced the house till he met Saul. Certainly with you too. God knows where you live.
The list can go on and on, but what we are learning is that our God is a personalGod. So personal that He fully understands you better than you do. Never think that God isn't aware of your issues. Never think He isn't aware of your desires. As you pray, trust that He has heard you. As you pray for another person, bear the burden as it's yours, mention it as you would if it were yours.
Wert thou a painter!
Among all sins few are worse than those by which a man draws down shame and reproach upon himself, for, besides all the sorrow he brings upon her in so many other ways, he thus crushes in his wife’s heart the fair and noble image of manhood which she had enshrined there next to her Saviour’s.