However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. – Matthew 17:21
Last week I wrote about prayer requests being at what I felt like was an all-time high. I vaguely mentioned a few, but I sure had one specifically for myself and my family. It was one of those where my faith was kind of lacking. I wasn’t really sure that God could do what I needed Him to do. Maybe I knew He could . . . I just wasn’t sure if He would.
Well, show up for me He did. It was one of those mouth left open in awe kind of moments. I had fasted and prayed all day. There was a time at about 1:00 p.m. that everything in me wanted to quit and eat. I happened to open Facebook and someone said they were joining me in the fast. There was no way I was going to let that person just take my place. It was exactly the motivation I needed to finish strong.
The next morning before I got on the bus to drive, I called my wife. When my wife and I pray, it is usually for monstrous sized things. I told her, “You know, we ask God for things together and He comes through for us. Let’s not ask Him for anything . . . let’s just thank Him for what He did for us.” We said maybe the simplest and shortest prayer ever giving thanks to God.
I write all of this just to say what happened next. The flood of emotion that came over me and the tears I began to cry were nothing short of spectacular. God filled me to overflow. I could not pour out enough praise. I could not stop saying “Thank You, God.” My mind was flooded with “I don’t deserve it . . . How could You possibly come through like that for me?” I just soaked in that presence as long as I could.
When we read the Bible, it is easy to think that God showed up mightily for His followers all the time. The truth is, most just had a handful of moments that they always remembered. This is definitely one of a handful of moments that I will always remember. I think over time I might forget the prayer He answered for me, but I will never forget the presence that flooded me after saying “Thanks.”
Lord, I don’t even want to think of my ratio of answered prayers to “thanks” for those answered prayers. I imagine it is pretty pitiful. But, Lord, I want to say thank You right now for being the awesome God that You are. Thank You for really and truly caring about me. I so want my life to be pleasing to You. Amen.