Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Snakes & warts
When I was about 8 or 9 or so, our church held a revival. Revivals were pretty common throughout the year in my little church.
During this revival, we were being especially challenged to believe God for healing. I had an ugly wart on one of my fingers. It was embarrassing. Kids made fun of it.
The daily applications of wart remover weren’t doing the trick. I wanted it gone.
My mother encouraged me to go up for prayer with the evangelist. He took me aside, heard my heart’s cry, and we prayed. The next day it was still there. I went up again. The evangelist encouraged me saying, “Sometimes you just have to keep believing and praying.”
“How long?” I asked.
“As long as it takes!” he replied.
After about the third night of prayer, the wart vanished. I knew God had healed me because we had stopped using the wart remover. I was amazed and learned perseverance in faith.
If at first you don’t receive, pray again. And again.
After all, “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?” (Luke 11:11, NLT).
Do you believe prayer changes things or that prayer changes you? Have there been issues in your life that you prayed about and you feel the prayer wasn’t answered? Did you stop praying about it? Have you received answers to prayer? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments!
NOTE: For the past and for the next several weeks, Tuesday’s post will be a brief two-minute devotional. Think, “Tuesday Two-Minute Devotional” or “Two-Minute Tuesdays” or something along those lines. ;-)