Published January 16, 2018

Shelia Shares
"I Was So Sick"

One night last week, I was so sick. I was up at 12:45 a.m. with diarrhea and by 3:15 I was throwing up. Stomach issues. It was a rough night.

My first thought was, "I wish I could get on Facebook and ask people to pray for me." I could have felt pretty "spiritual" asking for prayer, except I felt so sick.

Asking people to pray for us is good. There is no greater privilege than to take such requests to the Lord on behalf of others. In fact, James instructs us to "pray for one another" (James 5:16).

But, as I lay there, I realized that asking others to pray — as good as that is — is unnecessary.

Why? Because, as a Christian, I personally have full access to God. I can go to God directly, praying in Jesus' name. If I have a need, He wants to hear from me. I remembered the verse that said Jesus is now at the right hand of God the Father interceding for me (Romans 8:34).

In the middle of the night, I lay there calling out to God to heal me. But then I found myself praying for others, too. I prayed for the friend who had just had surgery and faced further treatments. I prayed for the friend sent home from the hospital under end-of-life hospice care. I prayed for the families who just lost a daughter/sister and the ones who just lost a parent. There were others who had materials needs. I even prayed for our pastor. See what happens when we pray for ourselves? We wind up praying for others, too.

Yes, we should invite others to pray for our needs. That is what the church does. But, a child doesn't go to his friends for serious help. He goes directly to his parents, knowing they care more than anyone else for him. In fact, that parent would give his life for his own child.

That is exactly what Jesus did. He gave His life. Keep it in the family and ask Jesus to intercede for you with the Father.

Later that day, I turned on the TV and heard a song that said what I've been trying to say. It is by Grace Larson. They first verse reads,

     "If you've got a problem that's too big to solve
     Stop looking to man, start looking to God.
     ‘Cause I know for certain,
     See, there's not a thing you can do
     Oh, but there's not a mountain
     That my God cannot move.

Facebook is nice, but don't rely on it. You can go directly to God in prayer. He is, after all, the One who can answer your needs.

Shelia Heil

Zechariah 4:6 — "‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts."

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