I just received very bad news about someone I once loved deeply. My heart is heavy and in some ways I feel responsible even though I know their difficulties are a direct result of their sinful life. I feel responsible because I so often pray that the LORD will do whatever it takes to bring this person to his knees, to a place where he realizes his need for a Saviour. Where he can encounter a righteous and just yet merciful GOD.
But my heart aches watching this very thing happen. And I want to “do” something. What? How? But there’s nothing for me to do. Nothing but pray. But how do I pray? If I know he needs to be brought face-to-face with a HOLY GOD, then how dare I pray that the LORD remove these things from his life? that the LORD comfort him? that the LORD bring peace?
Ohh, it’s easy to respond and tell me that I need to pray that the LORD’s will be done. But it’s so much harder to put into practice because I don’t know the LORD’s will and what if that end result is this man being driven even lower than he already is? But I must pray that way! I must continue to believe that the LORD is in control, that His ways are greater than my ways.