If you remember, I explained how the biblical word for “prevent” means “to anticipate, to precede, to foresee and fulfill in advance, to pay a debt before it is due.” And that Isaiah gave us a glimpse of this kind of pleasure. It comes from God anticipating a need and fulfilling it ahead of time. “I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” (Isaiah 65:24).
This week the Lord “prevented” me with the death of my dad. As some of you know, my father left to be with the Lord, but I have to let you know how the Lord prevented my heart for my father’s death. Last Wednesday or Thursday the Lord put it on my heart to go see my dad because he would soon be brought home. So I planned to leave on Friday or Saturday. In some regards, I wish I had gone on Friday, but the Lord held me back and I left on Saturday.
Saturday morning en route to my parent’s house, my brother who was staying there to help my mom called and said that my father became bedridden that morning. When I arrived my brother told my dad that I was there. He lifted his hand (as best he could) and asked me to pray with him. He passed away early the next morning. But the Lord had prepared my heart that this would be my father’s last weekend with us. As a matter of fact, the brother who came up from his job in Texas came “just in time” to help my mom. (I never believed in coincidence, only my Lord’s perfect timing).
Anyway, Thursday was the day he was buried, however, the Lord was prepared for that as well. My precious friend Karen sent me an email on Wednesday night, although I didn’t see it until Thursday night, after what could have been a very stressful day.
This is what Karen wrote to me:
The Lord sure is watching over you with His gentle love. When I was trying to get to sleep last night, but couldn’t, He said, “Nickolas needs help, Nickolas needs help. Pray.” So I did. Then about late morning today, I was heavy hearted and felt like I was grieving. I soon realized I needed to lift you and your family up in prayer again. I prayed that He would send angels to lift you up. God bless you all. Karen
Every time I read that I begin to weep. Not only was she praying for me, she was praying for the rest of my family. Isn’t that cool! Some of you might also remember that I taught how we are to knit our hearts together with other brothers and sisters. Karen and her husband Dave are people whose hearts have been knit to mine. But her email taught me two things. First, my Heavenly Father is indeed taking care of me (and the rest of my family), but also he alerts people to intercede for us. (Wow! What care He has for us!)
As I said in a previous message, we can certainly go to Him for our own needs. We can do it daily or hourly or as often as we choose . . . but we can (and should) offer “petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings” on behalf of everyone He lays on our heart. And for me, this week was a perfect example of that.
Veritas vos Liberabit — Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus, et Fidelis! Per ardua ad astra — Soli Deo Gloria!
(“The Truth will set you free — Be always vigilant, strong, prepared and faithful. Through Adversity to the Stare — Glory to God alone!)
Lord, I thank You that no matter how things look in the world, “You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance” (Psalm 65:11).
Heavenly Father we come to You in Jesus Christ’s Holy Name. We surrender ourselves to You. In Jeremiah 33:3, Your Word says to call upon You and You will show me great and mighty things that I can not understand. Lord God we come to You and cry out, we ask You to show us great and mighty things, of the unfathomable riches of Your glory and splendor, all that You are, help us to plumb the depth of Your Being and know You, we worship You, we praise Your Holy Name, Blessed be Your Holy Name. The Psalmist also wrote, “Show me the path where I should go, O LORD; point out the right road for me to walk. Lead me; teach me; for you are the GOD who gives me salvation.” So today I also ask that you would continue Your work in me.
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