The other day my wife and I were at prayer rock, a place we go for prayer and bible reflection, to pray for one of our children. Our youngest was having some health problems that required us to make a decision about how the doctors should treat him. We were frustrated because we really didn’t know how to proceed and didn’t know what to do to make a decision. Stalemate. To make matters worse, my business has been particularly stressful recently with personnel issues and of course the never ending struggle to generate revenue.
My wife began to pray first. I could hear the concern in her voice for our youngest and soon she began to quietly cry as her prayers intensified. My heart was also breaking and we both just wanted God to tell us what to do. As she finished praying for our son, she thoughtfully added, “and help Kurt know what to do with his issues at work”.
I was struck with the notion of how insignificant the work issues were compared to the health of our son and as I prayed, I echoed many of the things my wife had already prayed for. We needed God to show us what to do. Then, at the end of my prayer I told God that while I appreciated my wife’s concern for my job issues…and then it happened…I said “…and all that job stuff…blah, blah, blah.” Seriously. All the other issues facing me just didn’t seem important. My wife and I began to laugh. Can you really say “blah, blah, blah” in a prayer?
As we finished, my son walked out from the house toward prayer rock, about 100 yards away, carrying his bible and said, “Dad, I just read this really cool chapter in Psalms and I feel like I need to share it with you”. He handed me his bible and said read Psalms 9. I’m not a particularly emotional person, but as I read I had all I could do to hold back the tears as I read verses 9 and 10:
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
There have been very few times in my life that I felt like God himself was standing next to me talking to me, but this was one of them. I was truly awestruck. We rose from prayer rock and proceeded to make some phone calls and soon the answer was clear how we needed to treat my son.
Oh, and by the way, that same day we heard from a number of customers in my business who had just made decisions to buy products and services from us. So much for the financial issues.
I guess God understands prayers for “blah, blah, blah”.
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