What I learned and am learning about prayer these past couple of months:
Prayer is partnership with God… while God knows what we need before we ask of Him, we are called to pray just like children talk to their father and tell them their heart’s concern. God then let us participate in working out His good purpose in our lives. I often feel a sense of wonder and joy each time I witness how God answers my prayers for friends. I can imagine how my prayer warriors rejoice with me as God answer their prayers for my father.
Prayer is submission to God … in trust and obedience. The song, Trust and Obey teaches this important principle of prayer. Throughout the past weeks of my father’s grave illness, I deeply experienced what it means to pray: Lord, have mercy. Thy will be done. It is alright to pray for God’s mercy – God is merciful, i know that… yet I still pray this because on the other hand, I submit to His will to do as He knows best. Just like Jesus when He prayed in Gethsemane.. If it is your will, take this cup from me. Yet not my will but Thine be done.
It is when i really pray Thy Will be done that i witness and experience God’s best for me – no matter the outcome. It is a test to see if I really mean total obedience. The past month is a true testament to this truth. My sister and I thank God for His guidance and protection. We prayed Lord, have mercy. This did not mean that my father did not go through pain and suffering. It does not mean that God is not merciful either. God’s grace is sufficient to sustain my father through it all – pneumonia, infections in the blood, bed sores intestinal obstruction, to the point of dialysis. Many times Marian and I thought papa would not be able to return home. Through all these, we learn again and again, to trust and obey. To pray have mercy and Thy will be done. Today, we are witnesses of both – God’s mercy and His perfect will for us as we trust and obey.
Bottom line: Prayer glorifies God… when we pray as Jesus taught His disciples: Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.