I have several friends who are really going through challenging times right now with serious illnesses of family members. As I was praying this morning, I found myself saying “the only thing I can do is lift them to You, Lord and pray”. As I wrote those words in my prayer journal, I was struck by how feeble they sounded, as if my prayers weren’t enough.
It is hard for us when our friends and family are suffering, especially when we can’t “do” anything or at least do anything tangible. I am a believer in the power of prayer, but found myself feeling like it just wasn’t enough, that I needed to be “doing” something more.
Then, some familiar words from Scripture came to mind, “O, you of little faith”.
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
When I find myself worrying that I am not “doing” enough, what I am really doing is doubting that God is in control and that He is the One who can “do” what needs to be done. Feeling like praying just isn’t enough is having little faith in the One I am praying to.
The other Scripture that came to mind is from Psalm 29.
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
God will give those I am praying for the strength they need to get through their difficulties. He will bless them with peace. I need to seek Him on their behalf and be confident that He loves them even more than I do and He will minister to them in ways I cannot.
It reminded and reinforced for me how powerful our prayers are. God hears them and He answers them. He doesn’t always answer them they way that we want Him to, but He does answer them and if I have faith in Him, then I need to know that His answers are the best.
I encourage all of you to spend some time in prayer today. Lift up the needs of your family and friends to the Lord and KNOW that He hears and He will answer. Prayer is “doing” something and it is enough.