Devotional: Whatever it Takes Lord
Have you ever not understood the choices of the people you love? Have you ever prayed and prayed for someone and they still not change? Have you said I will not give up on you, but I do not agree with your life choices? Have you ever said I will love you regardless of your choices but I’m going to love you from over here and pray God moves in your life before it’s too late? Have you ever said God do whatever it takes to bring my loved one to their knees….and when He does, you know it is for the best, but it still hurts to see the path they have taken and where they are going? If this is you, let me tell you God may not answer the way you want but He will answer in His time and in a way that sometimes is the only way that will get our loved one’s attention.
It is really hard to pray and ask God to do whatever it takes because that means we have to fully trust God with the outcome and sometimes that outcome is not pretty or the way we expected/wanted that prayer to be answered. God may actually do whatever it takes and our loved one may have to go through hard times, go to difficult places and even suffer. God recently answered that prayer of doing whatever it takes for someone I love. He answered it in a way I did not expect but I knew God was at work and His will had been done regardless of the pain my heart was feeling. After several weeks of basically grieving, I realized that God answered my prayer by taking my loved one to a place that all he could do was look up and cry out to God for help. God took him out of his sin to a place of safety, a place where all he could do is be alone and had to rely on God. I’m so thankful for God answering that prayer but none the less it is hard.
So if you are like me and have that person you love going down a bad path, living in sin, ruining their life or self-destructing….do not be afraid to pray that difficult prayer to God of asking Him to do “Whatever it takes Lord.” Sometimes God has to take them to a place where all they can do is look up and cry out to Him for help. We must pray that they get to the point of crying out to God for help instead of dying and not accepting Christ as their savior. We have to be in a place when we pray, that we want God’s will and can’t get upset or afraid when the outcome does not go the way we wanted. We have to put our trust in God and understand that God is working even when we can’t see it. When we are feeling so much pain because of the devastation that is occurring in someone’s life that we love, it is hard to see that God is working….but He is!
I understand what it feels like to hurt for someone you love so much that you are not sure if your heart can stand it any longer. But I have also learned that God wants us to come to this new relationship with Him where we trust that He is in complete control, even when it hurts. Are you questioning why God is even allowing certain things to happen? Be encouraged….we may not understand everything now, we may not understand it all tomorrow, but I know one day we will. He has our loved one (and our) lives in His hands and truly has their/our best interest at heart and loves them so much more than we ever could. He not only wants us to trust Him, but He wants us to come to a place that our peace surpasses all understanding about the situation and just allow Him to do what only He can do in our loved one’s life. What we can’t control, we have to let it go and let God work and trust Him in the process.
So today I say to you…..Release your faith, trust in God and pray without ceasing for His will to be done in your loved one’s life. We must believe what the Bible tells us more than we believe our own feelings and our own desires. We may not understand all that God is doing but remember God is good, God loves you, God loves your loved one and we can’t put God in a box because He is far greater than our minds and hearts can conceive and is working for our good, our loved ones good and doing whatever it takes…..even when it hurts and even when it is not the answer we had hoped for!
Prayer of Doing Whatever it Takes:
Dear Heavenly Father I come to you today and I give my loved one to you. I am taking my hands off of this situation and I am giving it all to you. I am praying right now that you do whatever it takes to bring my loved one to their knees and to bring them out of their sin and to a place with you. Bring them to a place of total and complete dependency on you so all they can do is find you and cry out to you for help. Lord please help me to let go and let you be God in this situation. Help me be strong enough so that I do not enable the person I love to continue living this life of destruction. Help me to give every part of this situation to you so I can see Your work and plan fulfilled. Lord I ask your protection as you bring my loved one to you. I pray that your will be done in their life and that they may come to know You. In Jesus name I pray…..Amen!
“Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth!”
“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.”
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.”
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