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…
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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