Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Leave the How’s to Him

I assure you: If anyone says to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Mark 11:23
Does that verse describe your faith? How many mountains have your prayers moved? Jill Briscoe is one of my favorite authors. She has written the following poem, which I love to quote.

Ask Him to do it, but don’t tell Him how.
Ask Him to answer, but don’t tell Him now.
Ask Him for strength for the task.
Thank Him for giving you more than you asked.
Ask Him to cleanse you whenever you pray,
And be honest with God at the end of the day.
Ask for the power & faith it will take,
To say to this mountain,
“Go jump in the lake”.

Do you have a loved one you want to see trust Jesus as their Lord and Savior? Let’s see what Gods word say about that:

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9”.


The Bible tells us that God wants them to be saved too. So pray His word back to Him in faith believing that He will hear and He will answer; but leave the hows to Him. Allow the Holy Spirit to open the doors (don’t go looking for a pry-bar). Be available to His leading. Thank Him for His moving and working, even though you may not see the results with your physical eyes. That’s where faith comes in.

For over 20 years our family prayed and wept for one of our loved one to get saved. Her name was written on the leaf in the back of all of our Bibles. We planted the seeds, at times pushing a little to hard (using that pry-bar). The answer was always the same, NO.

With our physical eye we saw only the rejection, but in our prayers we trusted that God was at work. A surprise phone call indicated that not only was she saved, but her two sons as well. God chose to use a friend of one of the boys to lead all three to Jesus.

It wasn’t our way; thank God it was His. It wasn’t our time; praise God it was His! Please don’t stop asking, don’t give up. But remember to leave the how’s to Him.

5 comments:

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Praise Jesus! That's what it is all about. I am so excited - I know that you are feeling so blessed and joyful.

Thank for sharing this Lisa!

Beth

Yolanda said...

Lisa,

What a great praise to share with us today. Thank you for this sweet testimony and the reminder of God's promises as well as His faithfulness.

Love,
Yolanda

Deanna said...

Wonderful wonderful wonderful ~ after 20 years, phew that seems like forever for us, but to the Lord it was no time at all! The Lord is so faithful to His Word, not willing that any should perish! I too am praying for 10+ years now for both my brother-in-law's :O)

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Lisa,
This was just what I needed today. Have just gotten home from having a test done on my thyroid and found out that I have a nodule. Not sure yet what king. It's a waiting game right now. Pray that I can remember this poem and not tell God "how" to answer or "now" to answer. I do covet your prayers though!
Thanks!
Marilyn

Crown of Beauty said...

What an encouraging post, and I know your heart is rejoicing.