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Praying with Resurrection Faith

April 15, 2015 by

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As Easter was approaching this year, many of our Bible reading, thoughts, and discussions centered around the resurrection power that God has over what is the seeming finality of death.

Many of us find hope in the truth that because of Christ’s sacrifice, death truly has no sting for those who are in Him.

It is never something we look forward to facing, however.

This year these ideas permeated our thoughts in a deeper way than ever before. You see, we are facing what is possibly an impending death of sorts.

Thankfully, it’s not the death of a loved one but rather a death of something we have invested in, something we treasure, a part of our lives that we do not welcome the ending of.

But like I said, for the believer, death has no sting.

So we face this challenge head on because we trust Him.

We are handing Him this portion of our lives – not because we want to, but because we know that He knows what is best for us.

We encourage one another in our faith with words of truth and hearts fully committed to unceasing prayers.

We don’t want to see the death of this dream come to pass, and yet we trust that if it is God’s will for our lives, then He will give us something greater in exchange.

The best things in life often call for sacrifice, don’t they?

The cross was costly. And yet the reward was priceless.

Perhaps our situation is not unlike this truth.

And so we trust Him as we hand Him our treasure with an openness that gives freely – with hearts that hurt but with hearts that trust.

And then I think of the power of the resurrection.

To all eyes watching, our Savior hung on that cross in death and that was the end of the story.

And yet we know that the story was just beginning.

“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.” -Matthew 28:6 (NKJV)

In boldness, I changed my prayers from those seeking peace, provision, guidance, acceptance, and direction to a prayer of resurrection.

The God that brought my Savior back from the dead is the same God who redeemed me from the penalty I deserve and set me free to live in Him.

That same power lives in all of His children!

I’ve been a Christian long enough to know that we need to approach His throne of grace with ample does of both humility and faith.

I accept what He chooses to bring me through, but I also know that His word tells us to ask for the desires of our heart. As Christians, we are always walking a fine line between asking God for His will to be done in our lives and bringing the desires of our hearts to His throne, aren’t we?

The thing is that our death hasn’t come yet. We are still walking through the valley of the shadow of death and we have yet to witness it with our eyes. So many times in Scripture, we read two tiny but profound words…

But God…

Our prayers continue to be for wisdom, for peace, and for guidance. We are asking and trusting that no matter what the future brings our way, He will be right there in the midst of it with us.

But maybe we shouldn’t be accepting a death sentence just yet. Our God is a God of hope so I am holding out for just that.

In the end, my deepest desire is not for my will but for His.

That being said, our God is a God of resurrection power. As His child, I will come to Him with a resurrection faith.

I’ll trust Him with the outcome, whatever it may be, but never let it be said of me that I didn’t pray boldly asking for the desires of my heart.

Oh, that we would ask for the desires of our hearts with a resurrection faith while still trusting His answer regardless of the outcome!

What do you think? Has there been a time in your life when you have prayed with a resurrection faith?

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28 Responses to Praying with Resurrection Faith

  1. Rick greer

    What a challenge to our faith to truly pray for God’s will when we want ours. We see through that glass dimly, but we are so sure sometimes that ours is the pathway, the only acceptable pathway. How could there be any other? Surely this is your will father…right? How many times can we look back and see how limited our perspective was, only to now be able to proclaim that good and perfect will that only our loving father had vision for. So pray boldly for your hearts desires, but trust in his infinite love to work all things out according to His purpose for those who love Him!

    • Heather

      Amen, Daddy! Isn’t that the truth? We fight so hard for something only to look back later and see that God’s hand kept us from less than His best for us. That being said, He is a God of resurrection power! Thankfully, we can rest easy in that promise. May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing! xo

  2. Marsha Baker

    Oh Honey…I feel your pain in this one. You expressed these thoughts perfectly beautiful. God will not give us less than His best. How wonderful we can trust in His Almighty Resurrection Power. Praying for you daily…trusting Him to have His perfect will in your lives. I often sing the words of the song…”Fear Not Tomorrow…God is Already There”. I also love these words of another song that has met my need in a big way, in His perfect timing…”The Mountain will tell you…that you can’t make it over….it will try to convince you…it’s way too high….don’t be defeated…God keeps His promise…SO GO TELL THAT MOUNTAIN…JUST HOW BIG YOUR GOD IS! There have been numerous times in my life, that all I could do, is pray with Resurrection Faith. HE is worthy of our trust. Sending hugs across the miles…keep looking up. I love the God-story being written with your lives. XO

    • Heather

      I love you SO much! I wish I could have you over for a cup of coffee, a sweet treat, and wonderful conversations. I appreciate your prayers more than you can imagine. Thank you for coming into my life. May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing, my dear Sister and Friend. xo

  3. Carrie Ann Tripp

    Sometimes I think we forget to ask God for what we need. Ok, we don’t forget, we just don’t because we don’t think He cares about our individual “trivial” problems. If God was willing to sacrifice His only son for my sins, then He cares that I don’t know where money for this or that need is going to come from. He cares that I’m stressed beyond belief in the job that still isn’t quite making ends meet. He cares that I feel unloved. He cares and wants to hear it from me.

    • Heather

      Not only does He care, Carrie Ann, but He asks us to cast our cares upon Him. How incredible is that? I’m sorry to hear that times are challenging for you as well. We’ll keep the faith together, Sister. Hang in there! He cares!

  4. Grammyprepper

    I’m in rough times, but I’m also helping to raise my grandson, and I feel that is what He is leading me to do. But I also feel I’m not asking the right questions or praying the right prayers t help us out financially….I also might not be hearing correctly…But I don’t feel right praying for my direct needs…I know there are others out there who are in more dire straits than me…Is it selfish of me to ask for direct help? I am an admitted control freak. And not one to ask for help. I get that I may not be so open to His direction.

    • Heather

      How wonderful that you are helping to raise your grandson! I’m sure that it is both a ton of work and a blessing. I don’t think it is selfish to ask for direct help. He knows the numbers of hairs on your head and He cares about your every need. Ask! Know that I will be praying for your needs to be met as well. May He continue to bless you and yours.

  5. Joanna Sormunen

    I’m facing the death of a dream and a very long part of my life, something that I’ve been pouring myself into for years and I’ve felt that it was the place where God called me. Now I know that it’s time have come and I need to move on. But it is hard. The wonderful thing is that God has given me the resurrection faith that something new is going to come alive. He has prepared something for me. I just need to wait!

    • Heather

      Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Joanna! It is such an encouragement as we are in the same place. May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing. Blessings, my friend.

    • Heather

      Thank you, Lux, for reading faithfully and always taking the time to share a little encouragement. May He continue to bless your cup to overflowing!

  6. Erin | It All Matters Mom

    Awesome post and I love the perspective of praying with a resurrection faith. God can do anything; restore anything. A couple years ago we made the decision to leave the only church we’d ever known (30 plus years) and it was heartbreaking, yet at the same time, we knew it was the right thing to do. We knew God would still be wherever we were. We have thankfully found a church home, and God showed us very quickly. I still miss many things and the people, but God uses all the seasons of our life to help us grow. Thanks for the encouragement. Keep up the awesome writing, friend!

    • Heather

      Thanks so much for your encouragement, Erin, and for the reminder that when God moves us out of our comfort zones, He brings us to something better. I needed to hear that. Blessings to you and yours, my friend! xo

  7. Being Woven

    This is such a gift to receive as we are facing the possibility of change and a death of sorts too. We must trust in the Lord for His will, His outcome, not ours. So grateful you are my neighbor at Sandra’s today.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    • Heather

      Thanks so much, Linda, for your kind words. I will keep you in prayer as I pray for our family. May we all walk by faith, not by sight. May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing!

  8. Laurie Collett

    I need resurrection faith right now! Thank you for the beautiful reminder that with God, all things are possible! Linked up with you at Soli Deo Gloria — hope you’ll stop by Saved by Grace for a visit!
    God bless,
    Laurie

  9. Rebekah

    Praying with you that this is the beginning of a new chapter in your life and that God will bless you abundantly for your obedience to Him! Thank you for sharing with us at Grace & Truth!

  10. Sharita

    Not going to lie– I don’t know if I have necessarily ever heard the thought of resurrection faith like this before– and I love it! There have been many times that I have prayed like that, but now I have the label! Thanks for this, Heather. Very cool.

    • Heather

      I’m so happy to hear that, Sharita. It came to me when I was hiking and talking with God. I loved it and knew it needed to be shared. I’m so thankful you were blessed. Thanks for hosting and for reading. May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing.

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