November 16, 2006

Prayers of faith for a son's dying father

For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ -- 1 Timothy 2:4

A few weeks ago, I had received an email from my friend Joe asking to pray for the father of his friend Dan, who was terminally ill due to a failing liver from years of alcohol abuse to his body. Dan's father was not given much more time to live either because his liver had been so badly damaged. I would also like to note that Dan, his wife and their children are all Christians and have been sharing their faith with their father for a number of years. Dan and his family were looking for a miracle. This is a true story.

Joe's email was sent to a few close brothers in Christ whom he considers to be faithful prayer warriors. After reading the email and understanding the grave consequences this man faced, I began to pray. My prayer for Dan's father was first, that if he should die, that he would not reject the message his son would once again share with his father, to know that Jesus Christ died for his sins and that by receiving Christ into his life, he would be assured a place in Heaven. Next, I prayed and asked God that if it was His will to heal Dan's father from the damage done to his liver, that He would do so in Jesus' name. I prayed that if God would heal him, that Dan's father would not take for granted the great gift God would grant toward him, extending his life for an unknown number of days. It would be God's will to be done, not mine, but above all, I prayed that Dan's father would acknowledge Christ in his life.

On October 25th, Joe sent this email:
"Hi Guys: I am very pleased and excited to inform you that Dan's dad (Dan Sr.), the person whose liver is failing gave his heart to Christ yesterday. I called Dan last night to see how his dad was doing and during our conversation he informed me that his dad's heart and spirit are soaring in God. Physically the doctors are not giving him much hope, however we know that God is the great Physician. Dan wanted to say thank you for the prayers that were made on behalf of his dad. Praise the Lord for salvation we have in Christ. I'll keep you posted. Thanks again guys for your prayers. God Bless, Joe"

My reply to Joe was, "THAT IS GOOD NEWS JOE!!!! When I received your email about this yesterday, I prayed that Dan would receive Christ above a healing in his body. If his death is near, I'd rather know that he gave his life to Christ and died, than live and be healed without Him in his life. His salvation IS the miracle. Now, if God wants to heal him, He will, whatever His purpose is will prevail."

Joe also shared that Dan had acknowledged the same thing saying, "His soul is more important than his physical healing!!!!!"

Well, Dan's father met Jesus Christ for the first time in Heaven yesterday afternoon when he died.


Coming to faith in Jesus Christ is more than just intellectually understanding who He is. God wants each person to know what He has done for them, removing the judgment of sin from their souls, through Jesus Christ and His death on the cross.

The Bible says, "For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved." (Romans 10:10, NLT).

Still don't think you can come to Christ because you feel that your sin is too great to warrant God's forgiveness? Let me reassure you that, "the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin." (1 John 1:7, NKJV)

If you are unsure to know that your sins have been forgiven, it is time you had a heart to heart talk with God. I would encourage anyone to having that talk with God right now and you can do that right here.

The Bible confirms that no one can predict what will happen tomorrow where it says, "whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away." (James 4:14, NKJV). We do know that one day we will die, we just do not know when.

While it hurts deeply to lose a loved one to death, there is joy knowing that when a person has given their life to Christ, death is not the end, only the beginning.

I am still praying for members of my family, the same thing that God wants for them, "to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth found in Jesus Christ, who gave Himself to be a ransom for all." I hope you are too.

Dan, we all look forward to being with you and your father, in Heaven with Jesus. God bless you with His comfort and peace.
"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1, NKJV)


References
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked "NKJV™" are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

1 comment:

Nina Balmaceda said...

I love the picture of Jesus welcoming his servant...this very picture means so much to me, you have no idea... I found it
shortly after my Dad passed away about 18 years ago, its powerful message was of great consolation to me. I bought it and gave it to my Mom shortly after, she still has it in her living room in Lima.

Well, hope we can get to know each other more. Keep up the good work, it is a blessing to have you in class.

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