By Nancee Fox
Our church family had been praying many days asking the Father for a healing miracle in a child. It was not any child; it was my child! Dear God, it was my child! I had been fasting, and praying, face down on the floor, weeping before the throne of heaven for healing for my child. But nothing.
Did God even hear? Why did He not move? Every day we read aloud “Ask and you will receive.” (Matthew 7:7) “All things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27) “He heals all your diseases.” (Psalms 103:3) and all the other wonderful promises in scripture assuring us of Divine Intervention. And again nothing.
I came to realize there were paths before me as I walked through this fire; I had to choose. I could become angry with the Almighty who made promises to heal but did not. I could put aside my faith having decided it was a cruel hoax.
But I remembered the account in Daniel of three young men who also passed through a fire, literally! In Daniel 3:17-18 they responded to being thrown into a furnace by saying, “Our God can rescue us, but IF HE DOES NOT” we will still serve Him.
In Acts 12:1-17 we read the church gathered to pray for Peter’s release from prison. God miraculously rescued Peter. Yet, we read also that James, the brother of John, had been beheaded in prison. John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, had surely been praying for his brother’s release! Why was Peter spared but not James?
The path I resolved to follow was one acknowledging I cannot understand God’s ways. The Lord declares in Isaiah 55:8-9, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways.”
The Most High does not ask me to understand. He asks me to submit to His Sovereign will. He asks me to pray in faith believing He is able, He is good, and His will is above my own.
Therefore, I will pray without ceasing even when I am broken-hearted, even when I am desperate, even when I am fearful.
I knew whether or not I would walk from the hospital with a child made well; I would never never stop praying because our God is a good God. Even when I cannot feel or see His answers, they are there. It is a prayer of faith that says, “Thy will be done.” Your will not mine especially when I don’t see.
Teacher and author Nancee Fox and her husband, Rodney make their home in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Even though they are both retired, they stay busy with adult children, grandchildren, and their church family.