Friday, October 12, 2012

Grace directs prayer

Lately my son has been up alot, because of teething and congestion from all the drainage.  Because his teething started early and has peaked recently we never really got any solid sleep habits going with him.  He started at 2 months.  He is now 5 months and teething is stronger than ever.  Because of drainage he gets very congested at night.  No doctor can convince me that teething does not cause a runny nose.  I've seen it in too many children. My son's saving grace his that he has become a thumb sucker, so that soothes him and I'm hoping it will assist with some sleep training. 

So here is my testimony;  I've been praying for my son to sleep.  Lord help him sleep, lord help him sleep.  We went to Disney World this week, so I was a little nervous about the whole sleep thing, since I was going to be walking around different theme parks for 3 days in a row.  The Lord showed me the true application of what he means when He said: "My grace is sufficient for you".  God has ministered to me through that scripture before, but I never experienced it quite like this.  See, even though Carson was keeping me up at night, I had a shocking amount of energy to walk around the theme parks in the heat and really enjoy myself and my family.  Honestly, we would be up early and I wouldn't get tired until around 8pm every night.  Normally we were back to our hotel rooms by that time anyway.  We went to Disney, Universal Studios, and Sea World; and I had a great time.  God's grace was definitely sufficient for me.  It was like despite my lacking sleep, I still had great rest for each day.  It was like because of God's grace, I didn't lack sleep at all. It was as if I had a good night's sleep.  Here's the kicker, I sensed God telling me to stop praying for Carson to sleep because He was providing grace in this area.  I also sensed Him asking me, "Would you rather have the actual sleep or be able to experience my grace".  That question really laid on me.  I felt like I was being given a choice.  I decided I would rather experience God's grace.  So I stopped praying for Carson to sleep, but believe it or not, everyday that went by on the trip Carson's sleep got better and better.  But I learned this week that when you have a situation in your life that you are praying to get better, but you experience God working in your life, doing things in such a way that would make it seem as if your not even lacking in an area.  Let me re-word that.  If God is making your lack "null and void" because of His grace, then stop praying about your lack and accept His grace.  If God is making your lack "null and void" then confess that "even though I had lack" God has made it so I had more than enough because of His grace.  Look at Pauls testimony below:

2 Corinthians 12:8-10

New King James Version (NKJV)
8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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