Posts tagged ‘Unanswered Prayers’

The Lord Is My Joy & My Salvation! ;)

I can think back on the most happiest moment of MY LIFE! It was when I very first met Jesus Christ for the VERY first time in my life (during a NDE) with NO previous knowledge of him! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

Whenever I look nowadays at the pool steps and look at the very place where he once sat (during my NDE), my soul starts to cry emotional tears of joy and I start to get all joyfully emotional! I can’t help it!ย 

I think of my life BEFORE Yeshua/Jesus Christ came to rescue me from death that day (in more ways than one) and it seems like my life prior to him was pretty pointless. And then I think about my life AFTER meeting Jesus Christ/Yeshua during my near-death experience and how EXCITING and FULFILLING it was, KNOWING that a) there was a God and that b) that same almighty God really, truly cared about me, no matter what! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t even BEGIN to describe what that feeling is like!

I remember the swimming pool water being extremely cold that day, especially at the point in time when he told me to dunk myself under so he could “baptize me in his great, heavenly name!” I remember the feeling of JOY, ELATION, ESTASTICNESS, PEACE, LOVE, HAPPINESS, HEALING, JUBILATION that came over me as soon as I came back up to the surface of the water! It was the best feeling that my soul has EVER experienced in all its existence!

And when I READ the bible, ESPECIALLY the New Testament, I think to myself with amazement and wonder: “Wow! That is THE JESUS that descended down out of heaven to come save me that day! That is THE JESUS who sat me in his lap and giggled when he splashed water on me! That is THE JESUS who warned me of the End Times and his almighty Judgement! That is THE JESUS who told me I had a pure heart and a dizzying intellect!”ย And I sometimes feel emotionally overwhelmed. I’ve been known to CRY (emotional tears of jubilation and JOY) when I read certain bible passages about him or spoken directly FROM him!

Though at times in my life I’ve gone through some bad things, and/or have felt extremely anxious and depressed, the Lord Jesus Christ has ALWAYS been there to see me through! Plus (get this!), he EVEN has a SENSE OF HUMOR! I kid you not! Let me share with you one of THE MOST FUNNIEST things he’s ever done:

It was Spring Break 2003. Me and my bestfriend Sarah were heading off to Arizona and New Mexico to see the sites. We drove through severe rain in southern Arizona and by the time we hit Northern Arizona, it was severe blizzard-like conditions. Well, to be quite frank, I was getting quite BORED with the “traditional prayer format” of “Dear Lord, I need this or that. Help me please, Amen”.

So I turned to Sarah and said Hey dude, I got an idea! and started giggling. She was wondering what was up. I then help up a “pretend CB radio with my right hand” while driving and said into the pretend CB radio: “Eagle 1, Eagle 1, this is Eagle 2, over. We need some major help down here. We’re caught in a really bad snow storm right now and there’s about 15 cars or more on the side of the road and we don’t want to become one of them, over”.

I sensed nothing in response so far. So again, I help up my pretend CB-radio in my right hand while driving and said: “Eagle 1, eagle 1, can you hear me, over? 10/4, 10/4, We REALLY, REALLY need your help right now, Eagle 1, I’m dead serious! Do you copy, over?” and just then, Sarah and I heard “static crackle” at what sounded like an ACTUAL CB radio come out of the car’s radio system, along with the audible words: Stop worrying, eagle 2! Help’s on the way, LOOK BEHIND YOU – OVER“. Sarah and I just looked at each other and both said at the same time, “Is that an ACTUAL CB radio? How did they hear us? Weird…?”

Not long after that, Sarah and I noticed a small U-haul truck coming up in the right-hand lane off to our right. And then, all of a sudden, Sarah said, “Dude, I think you’re supposed to get behind the U-haul truck with their emergency flashers on”.ย So I quickly got in the right lane and we got behind the small U-haul truck.

And then…..Sarah started giggling. I said, “what’s so funny?” She said, “look at where they’re from!” Their license plate said “Washington”. ย Washington was the 1ST PRESIDENT of the U.S. and the Eagle is our National U.S. symbol, THUS, “Eagle 1”! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Therefore, the Lord NOT ONLY gave us an actual CB radio response IN RESPONSE to my pretend CB-radio prayer, but he also HUMORED us a bit in the ANSWERING of the prayer! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hehehe

But that’s just one of MANY instances where the Lord displayed his sense of humor to me! Another time the Lord displayed his sense of humor is when I was at work, and I was carrying a small metal pan. And about 30 seconds after my crush walked by, something made me “drop” the pan on the floor (that I had had a VERY firm grip on) and it made a BOOMING LOUD CLANG (which made my crush look back and laugh) and I could FEEL the Lord LAUGHING at me and the embarrassed look on my face! Though I could tell it was “affectionate/teasing” type laughter and not the cruel kind. hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

The Lord has ALSO done things where he silently encouraged me to go talk to this person or that person (who ended up being some of the very best friends of my life!) He’s been there for me through thick and thin! When I am smiling, HE is smiling! And when I am crying, I can sense that HE is crying, too! Which makes sense, considering that the bible says that it’s not his will that ANY should perish!ย 

Before Jesus came into my life, I was nothing, I was no-one! But IN him, I am everything, I am SOMEONE! Apart from him, I can do NOTHING! But WITH him, I can do ANYTHING! He’s helped me overcome my anxiety on certain things and my soda pop addition, etc. (some things I thought I’d NEVER break free from!) He’s helped to humble me and to correct me when I need correcting! He’s enlightened me and taught me SO many things about what his word IS and what it isn’t!

He’s taken the spiritual blinders off my eyes and has now shown me his full gospel IN FULL! He’s given me strength when I was depressed, downtrodden, anxious, alone or angry! He’s helped me to overcome the most difficult of situations and people! He’s grabbed me out of Satan’s grasp more than once! He will ALWAYS be there to listen to me whenever I have a problem, struggle or question about something! Basically, he’s the best thing that EVER happened to me in this life and apart from him, I WOULD have no reason for being! I am ALIVE today because of HIM! I am forgiven of all my sins because of HIM and the spiritual sacrifice he made for ALL of mankind! And someday, I’ll get to live with him FOREVERMORE!ย 

The Lord is MY JOY & MY SALVATION! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unanswered Prayers: “Does the Lord have it out for me?”

Many of us have prayed for certain things in our lives. And prayed and prayed and prayed for that person/those things/that one thing, until we felt as though we could pray for it/them/that person no longer.

“Did the Lord even HEAR my prayer? Does he EVEN CARE?”, many of us have wondered.

And the truth is, sometimes the answer we receive back from the Lord is not exactly the answer we’d like to hear.

And at first, we might feel despondent, hurt, angry and betrayed. But we humans ALL have to remember something and that’s THIS: The Lord knows what’s best for us!

Okay ladies: think back to the time of the 7th or 8th grade, high-school or even college. Chances are, there was likely this “one guy” you PRAYED for to be yours, night and day, day and night. And chances are, that “guy” eventually moved on to someone else and left you feeling “crushed”.

And guys: lets face it. Most of you probably had that “one girl” in your life that you had always held up on a pedestal, considered to be your “dream girl” and that you wanted to possibly have babies with someday. And like most guys, when you didn’t make a move on her (because you were intimidated by her beauty) or she was just too shy/nervous around you, period or the Lord just decided he had other plans for her life, that probably left you feeling “devastated” and as though your very heart were bleeding to the ground!

And then you began to feel like the Lord Jesus had it out for you, that he was somehow punishing you for something, since he wouldn’t give you even just ONE chance with this “dream person” you wanted so bad, am I right?

And then, more than likely, you began to silently beat yourself up over it as in, “IF ONLY I hadn’t been so shy and scared to give this nice guy a chance” (women) or “if only I had developed a pair and asked her out and/or asked her to hang out as friends at first so she wouldn’t be so shy around me” (guys). And you began to OBSESS over it, over and over again, asking yourself (as well as the Lord above): “What could I have said or done differently to change the outcome of events? Does this person hate me or something? Is there something wrong with me? And/or what is so and so (people that are already engaged/married to/dating their “dream person”) doing right that I myself am doing so wrong?”

Or perhaps you or someone else you know has some sort of physical ailment/disease that you WISH SO DESPERATELY that the Lord Jesus would CURE! And then, when that ailment/disease DOESN’T get cured, you start to get so angry and despondent against the Lord, wondering if the Lord Jesus CARES AT ALL about you! You began to think thoughts like: “yeah well, if the Lord actually CARED about me, he wouldn’t let this thing happen and he’d cure it outright!”

But we all got to remember something, here and that’s this: EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON!

Okay ladies, so maybe that cute guy from High-School, college or middle school DIDN’T notice you. And while it might’ve hurt like HECK at the time, guess what! It ONLY means that the good Lord above has or had a MUCH BETTER GUY in store for you!

And besides, if you were to now re-examine that old crush of yours today, chances are, he’s the type of guy you wouldn’t even want to be with these days, anyhow! So remember that the Lord Jesus Christ was just saving you from a potential “wrong-for-you” type of guy!

Think of any “nice guys” you’ve run into, lately. A male friend who’s been your shoulder to cry on whenever a guy’s been a jerk to you, a nice nerdy guy that’s most recently admitted his feelings for you. This “unconventional nice guy” may just be THE GUY that the Lord has in store for you, ladies! So give that poor sweet guy a chance! You’ll most likely be glad you did! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And guys: if that “dream girl” never noticed you, that can only mean one or two things: either the good Lord has or had a MUCH BETTER woman in store for you, or you blew your chance with the girl by not manning up and asking her out.

But beware: Sometimes when a girl is shy, she might SAY that you’re not her type BECAUSE she’s super super nervous around you. So ask that girl out TWICE. If she says no the 2nd time in a row, then I think the good Lord has given you your answer on her.

And ladies, if a guy rejects you or tells you the classic line: “I’m not looking for a relationship right now”, take him at his word and move on. I haven’t personally heard of ANY guy on the Earth that’ll reject a woman he really likes (unless he’s a prideful jerk of sorts, and if THAT’S the case, you wouldn’t want the guy anyways, trust me on this!)

And no, it might not be the answer you want to hear but know this: the good Lord DOES have a woman in store for you (guys) or a man in store for you (ladies). You just have to recognize that person when you see them. It could be that cute person next to you in the line at Starbucks, it could be that female friend (guys) or that male friend (ladies) who’s had a thing for you for YEARS! Basically, he/she could be right underneath your nose and you won’t even know it unless you “let go” of the “idea” of the “dream girl” (guys) or “dream guy” (ladies).

And for all the people out there who prayed to have their own or someone else’s physical disease/ailment healed and the Lord Jesus didn’t seem to answer, it’s not that the Lord Jesus doesn’t care. In fact, it’s quite the contrary! Jesus Christ cares more about you than you EVEN realize! He loves all of his creation and wants what’s best for it! But when the human creation acts up and thinks they “don’t need God and/or redemption”, he has NO CHOICE but to pull back a little from their lives and let them hit rock bottom before they realize their NEED for a Saviour!

Sometimes when the Lord Jesus gives us or someone around us a physical disease/ailment or financial disaster, or some sort of other “life crises”, he does that IN HIS OWN MERCY in order to HUMBLE US and to draw us back closer to HIM! Because lets face it, when we have everything we need, that’s the time in our lives when we think we don’t NEED God! BUT….when something bad happens to us or someone around us, THAT is when we start crying to God and praying to the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy, am I right?

So maybe you didn’t get that job or promotion you so desperately wanted. So what. It’s not the end of the world. The Lord Jesus Christ actually has a MUCH BETTER option waiting for you, if you would just wait on him and trust in HIM and HIM, ALONE!

Going back to the “old school crush”, ladies: maybe the Lord Jesus Christ knew way ahead of time that that particular guy was going to turn into a hateful, spiteful, drunken, violent drug addict someday and he didn’t want you going through the pain of dealing with that. Or perhaps he’s currently married with 3-5 kids and has completely OPPOSING viewpoints from you when it comes to politics, religion, foreign policy, etc.

Basically, there was a REASON the Lord knew ahead of time that the guy wasn’t right for you. And so essentially the Lord Jesus was (in the long run) just trying to save you from ending up with the wrong guy someday. While you might’ve been mad about it at the time (the guy rejecting you or going for some other chic who was outgoing), chances are, you likely realize now, looking back, that it was never meant to be between you and Mr. Hot Stuff.

And guys: maybe the Lord Jesus knew that your “dream girl” was gonna be full of emotional baggage/trauma/severe depression/health problems and was just trying to save you from that. Or perhaps it’s not that the Lord Jesus doesn’t want you to be with your “dream girl”, perhaps the Lord Jesus wants to heal her pain/trauma/depression FIRST, and THEN later have her be with you when she’s in a more better state of mind.

As for relationships that didn’t work out (men and ladies?) I guess that’s just the Lord’s way of giving us a sort’ve “test run” and preparing us someday for what will eventually become *THE RELATIONSHIP/MARRIAGE* someday when we DO meet the right person! Because you have to admit it: good relationships and good communication skills are learned by EXPERIENCE! ๐Ÿ˜‰

But going back to the main topic at hand, here: when we pray to the Lord Jesus Christ about something and the prayer is truly genuine, Jesus Christ IS going to give an answer (even IF the answer is no answer).

And the answer we get back from the Lord on a certain prayer is gonna be one of 8 things:

  1. YES
  2. NO
  3. MAYBE
  4. NOT RIGHT NOW
  5. I’LL THINK ABOUT IT/WE’LL SEE
  6. IF YOU EARN IT/WHAT WILL YOU BE WILLING TO SACRIFICE IN YOUR LIFE IF I DO THIS FOR YOU?
  7. IF X,Y, AND Z HAPPEN FIRST
  8. I DON’T KNOW/NO COMMENT/CAN’T GIVE A SUFFICIENT ANSWER RIGHT NOW

And sometimes, the Lord Jesus can later change his mind on his answer, depending on the extenuating circumstances. But for the most part, his answer is solid and we must learn to live with whatever answer he gives us.

Remember that what originally appears to be a downfall in our lives may later turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Case in point: I was always the “shy girl” that never really seemed to fit in with the “cool crowd” back in middle school and high school. But now, looking back, I feel FOREVER BLESSED that the Lord Jesus made me shy since it’s kept me out of trouble! Since I was never invited to any “parties”, I never got into the drug scene, smoking, sexual promiscuity or that sort’ve thing. In fact, it has helped me to remain more “pure” for my future husband someday! ๐Ÿ™‚

And yes, at the time, it really hurt, not really fitting in with all the other “cool kids” and being made fun of and laughed at all the time for being so “shy” and “innocent” but looking back, I absolutely LOVE who I am today, and wouldn’t change it for anything in the world! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I will be ETERNALLY grateful that he actually SPARED me from all from the “spiritual destruction” that goes on during “parties”, etc.

{{And true, I’m not perfect at all. Just like the rest of YOU on here (dear readers of this blog), I HAVE made some mistakes in life and have sinned from time to time in my life just like the rest of you. However, I can be rest assured in the fact that WITH the Lord Jesus Christ, anything is possible and that I’m more than capable of overcoming any and all sin(s) in my life. Hint: The easiest way to overcome greed is to donate to others less fortunate than us!}}

But getting back on the subject of unanswered prayers: there’s even an old country song with the lyrics: “sometimes I think God for unanswered prayers, just because he don’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care” and I think that pretty much says it all.

You can listen to the song here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsl_a3Cu4OQ

The answer we hear back from the Lord may not always be the answer we want to hear but it is an “answer”, nonetheless. And lets face it, sometimes no answer IS the answer. But in MY humble experience, no answer usually means “no” on the Lord’s part. We can beg and beg and beg the Lord for things/people. But in the end, only the Lord himself knows if that thing/those things/those people are actually right for us or not.

We draw from our own limited human (mostly sinful) understanding but the Lord Jesus Christ draws from his own spiritual understanding. We HAVE to remember that he’s already well-versed in space and time. He knows everything that’s already happened in our lives, what’s going on in our lives right NOW, and what WILL happen in our lives. And he knows way, way ahead of time what person/thing/things are going to be good for us and which ones aren’t. We just need to TRUST HIM!

Sometimes trusting the Lord Jesus Christ is hard. We look at those around us and think they have it made. But we have to remember: another person’s “success” has absolutely nothing to do with YOU! You are your own unique/distinct individual in the name of the Lord! And if anything, another person’s “success” should give you HOPE! Cause think about it: if it could happen for THEM, it could someday happen for YOU, am I right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

You might think or feel that the Lord Jesus Christ doesn’t care about you sometimes (especially when it seems the Lord Jesus is already “too seemingly” busy providing for/blessing EVERYONE ELSE and not YOU!) But let me tell you something: He cares about you more than anything in the world! And he wants to have a true/deep spiritual relationship with you! But he can’t do that if you won’t let Him!

Ever had one of those days where you felt like the Lord Jesus Christ had forgotten about you, down here on this Earth? I’ve had one of those days most recently (in all honesty). And this is the first song that came on the car radio (and I got my answer); when I very first heard the introduction to the song, I knew I had heard the song once before at work when I was feeling “sad”, so I turned it up so I could hear it a bit better and here’s the answer I got from the Lord and trust me, I was in sentimental tears in SECONDS! lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maAyfcO-X3k

Please note, however: while you may get the “impression” that the Lord above approves of all “pre-recorded music” and finds it “pleasing to His site”, let me assure of you of ONE thing: in all honestly, the good Lord’s not really much of a fan of “pre-recorded music” in and of itself! Why? Because to HIM, it’s fake, it’s too commercialized, it’s generic, and it’s not straight from the soul. Secondly, oftentimes, it doesn’t praise HIM, the Lord of all creation, the Lord who gave each and every single one of us LIFE! However, he can USE that same “pre-recorded music” from time to time to REACH PEOPLE with HIS holy, divine messages, as was the case with ME several times!

The Lord above (like it or not) knows us inside and out. He created each and every single one of us in our mother’s wombs. He likely knows our every single DNA cell BY NAME! (For if he knows every cosmic STAR by name, doesn’t it also stand to reason that He likely knows every single individual CELL by name, too?) And he also knows our personalities and our habits. He knows us human creatures can be quite stubborn at times!

He knows we want what we want when we want it (it’s human nature). Just like he knows that we human creatures sometimes “stubbornly” insist on listening to the car radio while driving to work (ahem….guilty, here) and when his “messages” don’t get through by OTHER means, (a Christian documentary, bible passages, messages said through a friend, a dream, etc.), he sometimes USES our own “devices” in order TO reach us with HIS holy, divine messages!

So essentially, it’s not the pre-recorded music he approves of in and of itself but the MESSAGES behind some of the music lyrics that he approves of and can use to communicate to people. He’s quite honestly used music to communicate his holy, divine messages to me more than once. Now, I know some stubborn soul(s) out there is/are going to see this post and say to his/herself: “hey, I heard a song about such and such sin today, that MUST mean the Lord approves of this!”

But the reality is, WHEN a certain song comes on the radio (and the Lord’s trying to communicate a holy, divine message to you), you will simply KNOW it, there will simply be NO DOUBT in your mind! And the message of the song will most definitely line up with the bible and ALL scripture! The song that the Lord used to communicate with me that day is scriptural……Hebrews 13:15 “ย Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee is what came to my mind immediately afterwards.

And take THIS SONG, for instance. “Silent Running” by Mike & the Mechanics. Even as a small child back in 1987-1988, I KNEW there was something *quite unique* about this song, though I couldn’t quite figure out at the time what it was. It was only most recently that I FINALLY figured out what the *significance* about this song IS/WAS! For more info., please read the following post that breaks apart the lyrics of this song and talks about the BIBLICAL SIGNIFICANCE of them!

https://yeshua777.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/song-from-the-80s-hints-at-future-wwiii/

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