I woke up this morning and I prayed. I prayed to God and He answered just as I have been praying, according to my faith.
~”So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”~Romans 10:17, ESV~
I have prayers. I have prayers that I desire for the Lord to answer for me. I desire for Him to get my book published by 2021. I desire for Him to save my family members so that they too can become sons and daughters of God. I desire for Him to work in the lives of my friends.
I came before God, for this past week, with the following prayer request: that my friends would begin to reach out to me. One of my friends from church, who I had not spoken to for a long time, reached out to me and wanted to check on me to see how I was doing.
I was very surprised that she reached out to me. I told her in the message that I am going through a lot at the moment, but that I am managing well. It meant a lot to me to hear from this friend. I thank God for using this friend to reach out to me to check on me. Praise the Lord. Thank You Jesus!
~”A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”~Proverbs 17:17, NIV~
God answers our prayers in the most interesting and mysterious ways. I was not expecting for God to answer this prayer by showing me that friends do care about me. I am thankful to God for the friends that care about me and that have not left me.
I have had friends come into my life. Sometimes, for a season and for a reason. Other times, it was for a longer period of time. Oftentimes, it is for a lifetime. I trust God with the people that He puts into my life and that He will tenderly speak to them, tenderly care for then, and tenderly love them. God tenderly loves His people.
God tenderly loves me. One of the reasons that I believe that God tenderly loves me is because He tenderly demonstrates His love for me through His people, such as the friend that reached out to me yesterday.
The enemy has been trying to attack me with lies, such as that my friends do not care about me and that I am not loved or significant. I have to keep telling myself, as I pray, that I am special to God, that God loves and and sees me as significant as well as my friends too. I am loved. Indeed.
~”There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.”~1 John 4:18-19, NIV~
I am loved. I am loved because God loves me. My friends love me too and I am thankful to God for putting them in my life like flowers in a flower garden. Thank You Jesus for my friends!
What about you? What prayers and petitions do you have for the Lord today? You can come to Him with anything and He will answer you. It may not be in the way that you expect, but He will answer you! Hallelujah and amen!
~”Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”~Philippians 4:6-7, NIV~