Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Never Give Up

Sometimes it seems so unfair to me that life is so big, but what we get to see of it is so small. So limited. Every morning when I wake up, my heart longs for greater vision. I don't know why. Maybe I just want security. Or maybe I just want more of God. Either way, when I fail to see Him or the work of His hands, I am tempted beyond anything else, to just give up.

But even when doubt rises up in me and drowns out the voice of the Holy Spirit, somewhere in my heart a quiet whisper reminds me that quitting is not an option. I just need to surrender. Giving up is not the same as surrender. When we surrender we are actually yielding to a wisdom infinitely greater than our own. We are also falling into the loving arms of a Savior, and in His embrace we find rest and comfort. There we are given strength to rise up again to go back out and resume fighting the good fight. We must never grow weary in doing well. 

Praying for healing, praying for provision, praying for miracles, praying for anything on a consistent, regular basis, I'm finding, is hard work. Oh, it's rewarding when God answers. But in between, when He is silent--or it seems He is silent--my patience is tested. And so is my faith. Even so, I'm seeing more and more how the Lord prevails--and He does so when I least expect it. Kind of makes this whole thing sort of like an adventure. That's a good thing.

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. ~Luke 18:1

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Prayer for Healing of Autism

(The Lion of Judah Heals His Lambs)

Lord Jesus, I lift up all of my brothers and sisters today who are being held captive by autism and other neurological and emotional disorders which may affect people similarly. I thank you for each and every one of their precious lives. Father, I ask that you touch the brain of every afflicted child. I pray for integration between the two hemispheres, for the biochemical system to come under Your authority, and for the proper firing of every single neuron in every single brain I am lifting up to You today.

I also ask You, Jesus, to heal the senses of your children today. Allow them to feel the pleasure and connection from touch. Restore the nerves in their skin so their bodies are neither insensitive nor too sensitive to contact with humans or animals. Restore the ability to taste food, decrease the sensitivity to visual and auditory stimuli. Allow the brain to filter out unnecessary sensory information, and completely restore the bodies of those who suffer from sensory and emotional deprivation.

Give each child peace, Father. I pray You heal the overwhelming anxiety each one of them feels today. Cut each person free from the darkness of social isolation. I pray for Your love to reach every single one of these lambs.

In Your Name, Jesus, I pray. I thank You for your desire and ability to heal each and every suffering person who is brought to your feet. I bring them to You today.