I struggle sometimes with how God responds to prayer: Why is it important, does it have any effect on human events, how does God answer prayer? Well today, the Lord answered several of my prayers and I would like to share them and remember.
One prayer that I have prayed for intermittently, is that God would reveal what I need to know about my children's lives. Now, I really don't like to find out that my children are participating in questionable or sinful activities but I know that it is part of life and part of parenting. After all, I sometimes participate in unhealthy and sinful behavior too! Well, today the Lord showed me that one of my children had been involved with something that I would have really hoped they wouldn't... I had a sinking feeling in my stomach but I also had to thank the Lord for showing me something that I needed to know.
The second prayer, well it goes with the above. "Now that I know Lord, what am I going to do about it?" I immediately felt alone, like a failure as a mother, and clueless on how to deal with this issue. Well I turned on my podcasts, I subscribe to several and they started playing. The second one up was my answer to prayer, I couldn't believe it, "Thank you GOD"! I praised Him - "He is alive - He answers prayer - I am not alone" - He can clearly show me how to deal if I ask and even when I don't - it is not about me it is about Christ - it is about others - it is about my child.
Here is the podcast's title "Parenting with Mercy"