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I Lost My Precious Mother On Mother's Day: Overwhelmed With Grief & Sorrow (martyrs)

posted by fezik82(R), Ohio, 12.29.2016

I think that it goes back to what you have said a few times before... only God knows your heart and what is good for you. That's not to suggest that our prayers are ignored, and we can turn to the Bible to see this. Christ told Simon Peter that Satan asked to sift them as wheat, that even He prayed Himself... not that the disciples avoid this fate, but that their faith is strengthened and not weakened by their trials (Luke 22:31-32). He told Peter to pray to avoid their temptation, but instead of praying, they fell asleep (Matthew 26:36-46). Peter awoke only to deny Christ three times, though just days earlier he swore that he would walk with Him to His death. What would have happened if he had prayed as he was instructed to? We have the answer in the text. If he had the ability to alter his fate, then which fate was God's will? I think that our prayers will be answered, but they are not always answered according to our own will. If we pray that God's will be done on earth, and it is God's will to take a loved one home with Him... and we also pray that God keep our loved ones here with us... how is this prayer to be answered? I really don't know, sometimes we are asking for two different things that cannot possibly coincide with each other.

In Acts 12:5, 12, it seems that not only did the Church feel obliged to pray for Peter's release, but that their prayer was received and that was why the angel came and freed him. But again... if it took prayer, was it God's will or man's? I don't know that we could know... that is why I believe that we must always pray for unselfish reasons, that is the hard part. We must be willing to accept that God knew something that we didn't when our prayers seem to be left unanswered, or answered in a way that we did not anticipate. Maybe God saved the mother of the woman above from a worse fate, we just don't know. Maybe she would have fallen from the faith if she was given more time, I don't know. This is where our trust in God is most crucial, this is where we often fail. I know that at times I fail here.

In Acts 10, there is an account with some similarities to the original post in this thread.... can we somehow take this to apply to the original post? It says:

1At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 3One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”
4Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.
The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. 5Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. 6He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”
7When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. 8He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa........after Peter was released..... 30Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me 31and said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor.32Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.’ 33So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”
34Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

Why did God answer Cornelius' prayer? I think that there are two signs, that he prayed unselfishly for the good of the Church and that he had made effort to live according to God's will himself. He was not the one to note his own good deeds... that was the angel and Luke's account of the centurion. These deeds did contribute to the determination to heed this prayer. Those deeds were the emblem of his faith, his faith was true. I believe that God saw a man with true faith, He saw his heart, and because of this He answered his prayer.

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I asked The Lord how much He loved me

He stretched out His arms and said, "this much"

Then He died for me

 


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