We pray about many things, we sometimes forget to believe our prayers work. God can move mountains and Jesus said we too can move mountains.
Can prayers help me help my cat? Imagine that… My prep and reading Facebook posts and now 2 vets to navigate the issues, which are mild, are NOTHING compared to praying for help from the Lord. I could take a scientific approach to what triggers a clogged nose, or simply start praying and cleaning… I can do all of these things. And I am grateful for these resources into which I am blessed to use.
Surely, when I started praying to find my hidden cat last night (again), making sure she was ok after a steroid and antibiotic treatment, an angel poked her in the butt to wake her up and she walked under my arms, that quick… THAT QUICK!!! She stood sleepy but present. Good. Same thing happened 2 days prior when I was driving home early from work to take my daughter to the train, and a flood of text messages that they couldn’t find the cat (yes she’s the star of our house). I prayed as I calmly poked in all the crevices, knowing she was simply sleeping. She was and she came out.
The angel returned the favor to her and at 4:30 in the morning and she woke me from my peaceful slumber by administering the classic calculated wake up bite (I’m not lying, I’ve see my engineering-minded cat study the scene and turn her head to administer the bite JUST SO…) UP – yes cat – and she got her wish of the front door opened so she could watch the birds… (UP – Yes Lord – I got up eventually and got to my devotion writing!)
I told you, the cat is where it’s at. 9 lives? 9000 angels more likely. What about our spiritual armies? Yes we have them too (ASK ELISA!).
You can pray for guidance, but you have to take it. You have to believe that God is already here watching and waiting for you to realize. You can look for a solution, but God’s already made it (ask Jehoshaphat). If you put God first, He will direct the rest of the day and put the rest into your day. If you put the most important things into your schedule first, He will rearrange the rest. If you accept the comfort, command and control of Jesus into your lifeboat for His guidance, not only are your storms calmed, but you get to your destination THAT QUICK (John 6).
Just now I administered the cat a syringe of antibiotics, wrapped and held her like a baby, a gentle firm mom-handling. Well, if God gets to that point with us, giving us our medicine, it’s good to go with it rather than fight. I held the cat wrapped like a baby, but with a strong armed constricting grip like on a squirmy toddler. No matter when we are stronger, and can hold something like a cat, there are situations beyond our control. Remember God is INFINITELY INTENSELY STRONGER and holds us AND the world in HIS CONTROL. We should believe that and appreciate it.
That quick, believing He will take care of us, we arrive at the destination God wants us to be. And that destination IS realizing we are HIS CHILD. Let Him handle the rest.
When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and IMMEDIATELY the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
2 Kings 6:15-17
When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.—2 Chronicles 20:14-21Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly.
He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”
Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.
Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:
“Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”