I kept thinking about my friend and brother in the Lord while I went about my business. When I ran an errand, when I helped the neighbor, and as I was cutting firewood; so I decided to call and find out what was happening with my friend. As soon as I asked, he described the surgery on his neck, yesterday, and though all went well he was facing a long period of recuperation. I encouraged him and told him I would be in prayer for his health.
I believe the Holy Spirit calls us to pray at times for our friends, circumstances and spiritual events. As I pondered the love of God for His children, I realized that gratitude and thanksgiving is just as important as intercession. God is in front of everything we face, know, and encounter. His purposes in using and specifically drawing His children into affairs which He alone can accomplish is both mysterious and marvelous.
Yeshua glorified the Father saying, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.” (Matthew 11: 25). In this same glorious manner, Father God uses weak, broken, and humble Believers to tear down strongholds and everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. (2 Cor. 10: 4-5). All glory belongs and goes to Father God, even Yeshua gave all glory to the Father, saying He could do nothing on His own. Blessings, Honor, and Glory belong to God Almighty.
When David was confronted by Nathan he confessed, “I have sinned” and Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin.” (2 Sam. 12: 13). The Lord is in front of everything we face, even our need to receive forgiveness. When we encounter various circumstances it may be helpful to remember that God was there before we arrived. In the same way, Yeshua’s sacrifice for our sins precedes us, “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: ‘This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.’ Then he adds: ‘Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.’ And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.” (Hebrews 10: 14-18). Praise God who goes before His people like a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night; He has never forsaken His people.