Every night, before I sleep, I compose prayers and send them to friends going through battles with cancer and other ravaging stress of body and soul. I usually send them with beautiful photographs that inspire my prayers. The next day I post them on Face Book for encouragement of my friends there.
I know the persons for whom I am praying. They are friends locked in life and death struggles.
Cancers have been a plague among them of late – stage three and four, pancreatic, ovarian, and breast.
I am a lawyer and often at considerable distance from these friends. What can I do?
I can pray. We always can pray in intercession for the ones we love, the ones in need of a Divine touch of healing and mercy.
Intercession is not a quick prayer of sympathy. It requires seeking discernment of the true need of the soul for whom prayer is being offered. The intercessor stands in their shoes and lifts their burdens to God with whom the intercessor has an intimate relationship.
Much of what I know about intercession comes from the early 20th century pastor and educator, Oswald Chambers. He wrote
So I earnestly search out Jesus Christ and ask for His will for my friends in distress to be manifest in my prayers.
Because of the nature of the suffering involved, the prayers often concern the same subject. Most of them are in prose form. Some of them are written as poems because that form focuses my thoughts.
I know many of you reading this are facing stresses and heartaches of your own. I share some of these prayers for your meditation and encouragement.
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.”
— 2 Corinthians 4:8
Give us a resilient spirit, a spirit that returns to face the next day and the next despite the challenges of the day before and the unknowns to come with turns in the road ahead. You are with us. That’s what matters. Thanks. Amen
There are so many questions, so many things beyond understanding . . . “Why?” crosses my mind a thousand times a day. Sometimes it seems life demands too much and I cannot do it.
Then I remember life is Your gift and it is the right of the Giver to decide who receives and keeps it. If Your grace is not enough for me, what will be? If You are not enough for me, who will be? And do You not care for those, I love regardless of me?
Either You are good or You are not, but You are God and I choose to trust in You, not my circumstances.
Slowly, the latest squall of doubt and fear subsides and my heart quiets in Your love and accepts Your provision. If I did not know You, nothing else would matter. Knowing You, nothing else matters. I am Yours and grateful. Amen.
Delight our hearts with whatever delights yours.
We are glad to be alive and are so very thankful for Your love.
You deliver us from the threats and attacks of our enemies and send us into our nights in peace knowing that the darkness is not darkness to You.
You keep watch over us at all times even when we are too weary to keep watch for ourselves. Your light is always on for us! We smile as we say, “Amen!”
the journey into the woods so far
You’ve led me here
by a circuitous route
that I did not know
i sought expressways
to drive faster and save time
to serve You better
the good only hear
“well done, thou faithful servant!
your best will save you”
or that’s what I thought
until i was afflicted–
i cried out, “no!!!”
my calling is incomplete
i am still needed
You said, “Do not fear
you have only heard of Me
now you will know Me”
“i know you very well–
read the books, sat in the pew–
how could i not know?!?”
but grim reports came–
there is no way around this
no clear straight answers
where I had helped
i must now accept their help
this is difficult
the nights are hardest
roiled with dark anxiety
fighting the unknowns
You stay up with me
listen to my lowest thoughts
wait through my anger
“I’m with you always–
your weakness is my moment
to be strong for you
“My light will lead you
I will walk close beside you
You will not stumble
“deeper than healing
more than the kindest healer
I will be your Health
“in your worst of times
with weariness and nausea
I will not let go
“in the forest hush
I shine My soft golden light
to say, ‘I love you
“until you were weak
until you knew brokenness
You did not know Me
“My grace is enough
My love is steadfast and true
I will carry you.”
“O taste and see that the Lord is good. Happy are those who take refuge in him” (Ps 34:8).
Under the mercy of Christ,
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Kent Hansen is a Christian attorney, author and speaker. He practices corporate law and is the managing attorney of the firm of Clayson, Mann, Yaeger & Hansen in Corona, California. Kent also serves as the general counsel of Loma Linda University and Medical Center in Loma Linda, California.
Finding God’s grace revealed in the ordinary experiences of life, spiritual renewal in Christ and prayer are Kent’s passions. He has written two books, Grace at 30,000 Feet and Other Unexpected Places published by Review & Herald in 2002 and Cleansing Fire, Healing Streams: Experiencing God’s Love Through Prayer, published by Pacific Press in spring 2007. Many of his stories and essays about God’s encompassing love have been published in magazines and journals. Kent is often found on the hiking trails of the southern California mountains, following major league baseball, playing the piano or writing his weekly email devotional, “A Word of Grace for Your Monday” that is read by men and women from Alaska to Zimbabwe.