We all have felt loss at times, people move away, or they pass on to be with Jesus, and no matter how often it happens, you never really get used to it. It leaves an empty space in that part of your heart that you had reserved for them. You are not alone in this situation. Life happens, and so does death.
Many years ago Sister Nona Freeman was a guest speaker at The Pentecostals of Greenville, NC. It was Valentines’ Day and we had a banquet at Western Sizzlin’ in her honor. What an inspiration she was for our church and for me personally! You see, she lived a life of dedication and complete trust in God. She had developed a close relationship with him, getting up every morning at 2 or 3 A.M. to talk to her best friend. She and her husband were missionaries in Africa, and spent over 40 years on the mission field.
After the Sunday night service, I had the pleasure to sit down with her as she autographed the eight books I had bought from her. During that time, she started telling me a story about how after her mother had died, she wailed and cried out to God, “Mama’s gone, who will pray for me now?” Then, she proceeded to share how the Lord answered her desperate plea; he asked her, “what are you talking about? I have every prayer that your mother has ever prayed store in heaven. You can rest assured that your mother’s prayers did not stop when I called her home, but they are eternally alive to give you direction.”
When we lose our way, the Lord is ready to guide us back to him. He loves us with an everlasting love and nothing will ever separate us from him. Be encouraged today in the Lord. Rest in his presence. No matter what you are facing, today, remember that someone is praying you through.
We must be willing to offer forgiveness to those who have wronged us; it’s not for their benefit, but for ours. We will never be totally free to worship the Lord unless we learn to forgive the ones who have despitefully used us. The Lord cares for you. In this week’s Lattereign, we find out that Forgiveness is the key to answered prayer.