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Friday, October 31, 2008

Let us Pray!!

John Wesley once said, "God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it."

Whenever I have fallen out of regularly praying and then return—either with a friend or personally in my quiet time with my prayer journal in hand—I’m always astonished to see that the answers come so quickly. It's as if I so easily and quickly forget that God is faithful to answer prayer. Every issue I worried and labored over for weeks, like how we would manage or what we would do with this child or that circumstance, is completely and beautifully resolved when I bring it before God.

I can’t even begin to recount the answers to prayer regarding homeschooling issues alone. At one point I thought I would need to get an algebra tutor for my child. Immediately after thinking this, I had the thought to pray with her. That day, it was like a different part of her brain turned on. She totally understood every single thing and continued to prosper. She said, “It was like I suddenly decided not to NOT understand anymore.” When my son was struggling with spelling, I prayed. Immediately after, God showed me the answer/trick to teaching spelling. Over and over, God is so faithful when I finally entrust my burden to Him, knowing I don’t have the ability to solve the problem but trusting that He does.
 

God often answers prayer far beyond what we could have asked or hoped for. Below is a wonderful answer to prayer that I shared with the Apologia loop years ago:

“Because my life has drastically changed since I penned my first science book (my children are older and are in pursuit of exciting opportunities that keep me in the car, transporting them to their pursuits), I was concerned that it would be a long, long time before I could get another science book in print.

However, a few weeks ago, I felt compelled to pray that I would find a doctor to co-author the anatomy book with me. I did not wish to reinvent the wheel by doing all the research for anatomy when I could have someone else, who already knew the intricacies of anatomy, write the technical aspect of the book. I could then simply take the data and weave it into a living book, adding in analogies and the commentary and formatting that typify my science series. However, I wanted not only a doctor—but a Christian doctor.

Not only that, I wanted a Christian physician who understood and followed a young earth model of origins. That's not asking too much, is it?

Oh! I also had another VERY IMPORTANT requirement: This Christian physician who held to and understood the teachings of a young earth model also needed to NOT BE WORKING so that she could write this book with me. One thing I've learned in my walk with God is that we should regularly pray for things ONLY God can do. This was something that only God could do. So I began praying. I called one of my best friends in Oregon who is a major prayer warrior to enlist her in the battle. Within moments, God began to work His miracle. My friend mentioned that she had a good friend who is a Christian, young earth, pediatrician, HOMESCHOOL MOM! "Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" (Ephesians 3:20). Glory to God! This person, Brooke, has high school aged children and has taught anatomy in great depth to them over the years. She has done many projects, experiments, and activities associated with anatomy. She is an EXPERT not only in anatomy but in teaching anatomy to children. She also has an undying passion for how the intricacies of the human body give glory to God. Even more amazing is that this person had been praying the week before and she felt God nudging her that she would be glorifying Him by teaching science to homeschoolers. Further, Brooke has time to write because her children are older, and she's not working as a doctor right now. She’s a Christian, young earth, doctor who is NOT WORKING, has taught anatomy in the homeschool, and knows how to do it! Is anything impossible with God? So I received the first lesson from Brooke this weekend and am almost finished with the rewrite and formatting. Thus, the progress will be rapid. We are projecting a summer publication date.

Isn't God good? He loves to do miracles. He loves to do more than we imagine. He loves to show His glory by causing a victory when victory does not seem possible.

A theologian once said, “The reason why we obtain no more in prayer is because we expect no more. God usually answers us according to our own hearts."

Let us pray with full assurance that God will have mercy on us.