This morning I had a moment with my son that challenged me. I have a challenging 3-year old many days, yes. But sometimes he amazes me by saying things that really challenge me in my faith. I think, “how could you know or understand that?!” I speak to him of biblical principles and spiritual concepts all day, but I often lack the faith to actually believe he will retain any of it.
He constantly reminds me that the Lord does hear our prayer. That the Lord does work in supernatural ways in the heart of man. But this morning he unknowingly challenged me in my understanding of Scripture.
I was listening to a sermon this week on the Sermon Audio app I have on my phone. The pastor was teaching his congregation 5 interesting facts about the Holy Spirit. The message was based on John 14:16-18:
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
He talked about the word "Helper" in verse 16. The Greek word used here is "parakletos." In some Biblical translations, this word appears as "helper." It also appears as "comforter," or "counselor." He talked about all the implications that the word parakletos has and what Jesus meant when he used the word to describe a distinct role of the Holy Spirit. I found it very interesting when he described how the Holy Spirit is our counselor.
Mitch and I have been spending the last couple weeks in the book of Hebrews. We have made evening corporate scripture reading a regular event in our home. Even Emmanuel joins us on the couch as we read and discuss the scripture together. Often we are keeping him from ripping pages out of our bibles, but regardless of him being so young, we think it is important for him to be a part of our family worship. I don't really know at what age children start understanding deep things, so I might as well start teaching him now.
This week I heard someone say: “Prayer can accomplish what a willing God can accomplish.” I repeated that to myself a few times in my mind… what does that mean for me? I asked myself. I think about the biggest things I have prayed for in my life. I think about the things that I have prayed for the most. I don’t know why it can seem sometimes like a prayer made a 100 times, goes unheard 99 times. I remember feeling like my prayers were unheard so many times.
Prayer can accomplish what a willing God can accomplish. The Lord uses the prayers of the saints to bring about His purposes. The years I prayed for my son, long before I ever knew he’d be mine… long before he was in existence, God was using those prayers. He was hearing them, and answering them. Sometimes in the answer of “wait,” and “not yet.” Sometimes answers like that can feel like no answer at all.
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