The City

Lent: Day 26 (3/21) - More Time!

By Jonathan Burgess in NHS Shoreline Campus over 2 years ago | 158 views Link: http://bit.ly/GNJ44B

12 The day God gave the Amorites up to Israel, Joshua spoke to God, with all Israel listening: “Stop, Sun, over Gibeon; Halt, Moon, over Aijalon Valley.” 13 And Sun stopped, Moon stood stock still Until he defeated his enemies.  Joshua 10:12-13 

Joshua is the new leader on the scene stepping into some very big shoes left by Moses.  The people are looking to him as their leader, but also watching his every move.  Joshua shouted something in front of the people of Israel that sounded so insane that if God didn’t come through he would have been a laughing stock and never live it down.  Joshua was so convinced he was operating in God’s will that he prayed a God-sized prayer- risking everything!

So, this morning I’m taking a cue from Joshua and praying a bold and impossible prayer right here, out loud and in front of my brother’s at Life Group in Starbucks.  I’m praying healing for the baby girl inside my cousin’s womb.  This week after the ultra sound and subsequent tests the Doctor’s have basically written her off as soon-to-be stillborn.  Dustin & Mariam are still believing for a miracle and i am standing with them before You Lord this morning.  My little niece can’t pray for herself, so I am going to pray for her.  The Doctor’s were doing their job and now I entreat You Lord, to do the job only You can do- the impossible!  This is Your domain.  You reign supreme when others run away!  The God who gave Joshua more time to defeat his enemies on that battlefield of Gibeon so long ago can give this little girl more time to heal.  I’m not asking for more time to defeat my enemies because You have already defeated sickness, sin and death on the Cross!  I’m just asking for more time to see the effects of the Cross applied to this young life.  I pray that You would heal her kidneys and lungs and her chromosomes.  I pray that her body would develop and function properly, for the amniotic fluid to increase, for neck to form properly, for there to be three blood vessels in her umbilical cord.  This little girl is hurting right now and I ask that Your Mighty Hand that stopped the sun and the moon would reverse the death trajectory she is on and bring miraculous life!  I will pray my heart with boldness before You Lord.  I want to sit with my little niece on her 16th Birthday in a cafe just like this Starbucks I’m sitting in right now.  Give her more time.  Give her a healthy, whole, healed and long lasting life!  In Your Mighty Name Jesus I pray. Thank You!  Amen.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT

After I prayed I walked by a guy on the other side of Starbucks who was also reading a Bible.  I invited him to join us as we met at this Starbucks every Wednesday at 6:30am.  Apparently I had prayed the above prayer louder then I had realized.  This stranger across the room looked up at me and said, "I was about to go over to you guys.  I don’t know what you were praying or who you were praying for, but God wants you to know He has heard your prayer.  Just as God spoke “It is good” over His creation in the beginning He is speaking “it is good” over this situation you are praying for."  I had a hard not breaking into tears right there in front of the latte bar.  God was confirming through a stranger that He was on the move!  Would you join me in this God-sized prayer for more time?  

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Pat Weixel

Thank you God almighty. You used a stranger to confirm you are working.
I agree in prayer. Even though we know that she is going to be fine all we can do is pray. love you Dustin & Mariam. Can’t wait for your shower & her coming into the world. What testimony.
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 20:15:24 -0700

Pamela Jackson

Thank you, Lord, that you are a sovereign God. Thank you that in Christ you’ve given authority to pray bold prayers and claim Your victory in all circumstances. Thank you that we can come with boldness before the throne of grace. By your grace, I agree in prayer with your sons and daughters for this precious baby, this precious family. 

Declaring with gratitude these promises in Your Word, Lord God Almighty Everlasting:

“The Lord is faithful in all his words and gracious in all his deeds.” Psalm 145:13

“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me and I shall be saved; for you are my praise.” Jeremiah 17:14

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior … because you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you.” Isaiah 43:2-4

“The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival.” Zephaniah 3:17

“You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.” Psalm 139:5

“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’” Isaiah 41:13

“to him who is able to do far beyond all we can ask or imagine, to him be the glory in Christ Jesus.” Eph 3:20

“In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world.” John 16:33

“their Redeemer is strong: the Lord of hosts is his name. He will surely plead their cause …” Jeremiah 50:33-34

“The Lord is King! … The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory… For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods …

He guards the lives of his faithful; he rescues them from the hand of the wicked. Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart."

Psalm 97

Chad Rolfs

Standing with you boldly asking.  “God is able to do 15.5 billion light years beyond what you can ask or imagine” – the Circle Maker

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. – John 15:16

Steve Moll

Ann and I are praying right along with you Jon.  We trust that God will allow this liitle girl the opportunity to know her mom and dad and all the others who are loving on her right now.  At the same time, we pray God will give Mariam and Dustin, the Burgess and Mahler families, and all those watching God’s miracle take place a peace during this time of waiting.  We love you all and know our Lord has a wonderful plan for your neice.  She is an awesome testimony to his love.

Ruth Schryba

Amen!!  God is good and faithful and definitely on the move right now.  Praise you Jesus for your victory.  We declare it in Jesus’ powerful name!  Let your healing flow through her little body and bring everything into perfect alignment for your praise and glory.  Thank you Jesus for your healing power and sacrifice you made for our sins on the cross.  You are truly a God who cares!  :)  We love you.

 

Lieolani Sheetz

I am fully on board and this confirms my prayers and sharing on the city with Mariam last night that in 1995, God spoke through others to let me know my baby was perfectly fine. This confirms God us bigger and is not done with us until his plan is fully. That is the peace we can have.