An awesome responsibility

Bible Reading: Psalm 34:1-8
Author: Michael Slaton (Alabama, US)
Friday 12 January 2018 © The Upper Room.
In March 2003 I had a serious stroke. It was an especially difficult time because I am left-handed and was paralysed on my left side for quite a while. The doctors did not expect me to recover, but God had another plan. I did recover, went back to college and began a new career.

After my stroke, I went through a time when I was obsessed with getting better and wanting to see my sons grow up. I began to feel sorry for myself. But I finally said, ‘Lord, only you can take away my fears. I will  trust you.’

I look back on that experience often. I don’t take life for granted any longer. God loves all of us and wants what is best for us. Now I spend time with God in prayer many times each day. I am thankful for the privilege of prayer, but I also realise that prayer is an awesome responsibility. We all go through difficult situations in life, and some are worse than others. But how we deal with those situations is what is important. If we pray and pray expectantly, our difficulties can turn into blessings as well as great opportunities to encourage and bless others.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the privilege and responsibility of prayer. May we use our difficulties as a way to encourage others. In Jesus’ name. Amen
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God bless you all and thanks to God for Ramon's healing! \O/ SD