Jesus Is Our Reference Point

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Nabeel Qureshi currently has stomach cancer and is under going chemo treatments. His recent VLog # 6 indicated that his wife was pregnant and suffered a miscarriage. All the VLogs are available on my Nabeel Qureshi posting. I can’t help but love this guy.

Nabeel was talking about how Jesus taught us to pray and going to the Greek translation, indicated that it indicates we should pray shamelessly or boldly and it brought back memories of when our twins were born. I posted the following on Nabeel’s VLog:

“Nabeel, I’m so sorry to hear about the mis-carriage. I want to share with you how God directed me to pray when our twins were born 36 years ago. My wife and I went to the hospital and I was with her and she was having a rough time. I hate to see my wife in pain. Because it was so extended, the pain, I went to the chapel and prayed and asked God to expedite the delivery. It was a petition prayer like you indicated. I was pretty earnest because of the pain my wife was in. I didn’t know what the problem was but God did. He stopped me from praying and said, stop asking and start thanking me. I immediately thanked Him in prayer for helping my wife and went back in to her room. Evidently the twins both were in a breech position. The Doctors said that they had never seen anything like this with twins before. Both babies instantly changed their position to head down and the births proceeded as normal. They said it was like hands just instantly changed their positions. I am mindful of that when I pray now. Normally I use the petition method BUT I also am mindful of Mark 11:24 where Jesus said we can ask for anything and if we believe we have received it, it will be ours. I ask God to give you and your family grace, mercy, faith, peace and His presence, plus your healing AND I also boldly claim what I have prayed for and thank Him for it (which I have done for you and yours). So I do both when I am really in earnest for something I am praying for, I ask and I thank. 12 years ago I had prostrate cancer and was told I had a 17 percent chance of being alive in 5 years. Still here and still cancer free! I know He loves us, I know He hears our prayers, I have no idea why He keeps us waiting at times but one day I will. In the interim, I will continue knocking on His door. I love you brother, my eyes go teary every time I watch your VLogs. The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

Our grand daughter Josephine (11 months old and a real sweetheart) is not well this morning so our son and his wife are taking her to the hospital and my wife is watching their two boys at home. I said a prayer to God for her healing. It made me mindful that we don’t have the reference point to God our Heavenly Father like Jesus does. Jesus knows the will of our Father and understands the how’s and the why’s that we don’t know. Even when it comes to prayer. But, we have Jesus as our reference point. We have the Scriptures that give us the words of Jesus and we have His Holy Spirit within us.

John 16:13 “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

1 John 5:14-15 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”

Hebrews 4:14-16Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

I told Nabeel that I don’t know why God sometimes answers our prayers right away and other times He keeps us waiting. I’ve learned over the years that sometimes He doesn’t give us what we are asking for because He has something better in store for us. And there are also times when He doesn’t give us what we are asking for because He knows that in the long run, it will hurt us and not be a positive thing.

I wish I had answers to questions that I still have but like the Apostle Paul says,

1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV) For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

That’s where faith kicks in. We don’t have answers to all of the questions, we don’t understand all there is to know about our Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. And honestly, trying to find answers to some of the questions I have doesn’t come easy. Knowing in part means that sometimes you have to acknowledge that you don’t understand or you don’t see the wisdom in God’s ways.

John 6:60-69  ESV  “When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offence at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”

After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

“This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” What that means in today’s English is and I paraphrase…..” That is difficult to understand or comprehend, who can believe or accept that?”

In my life, so many answered prayers, so many expressions of God’s love, so much mercy and forgiveness that I don’t deserve, all because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. How can Jesus not be my reference point.

Like Peter, I can’t turn away because I don’t understand something or find something hard to accept. I too have come to believe that Jesus is indeed the Son of God. It’s called faith.

 

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