There have been so many times that in my suffering my heart wandered from the Lord.
Why is it that in times of need, we tend to run from the One who can truly heal us?
I’ve feared that He won’t answer. I’ve felt abandoned and betrayed. I’ve tried to create hope for myself where hope was lost.
I’ve looked for a faster answer elsewhere and every time I came up empty, I returned to the Lord in the same broken place – in need of healing and hope.
When we face brokenness the Lord is the only one who can truly mend our wounds.
I had to accept that the healing process might not look like I’d envisioned.
It was only then that I found the courage and the strength to approach God with boldness.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. -Hebrews 4:16
When we approach the Lord, trusting His goodness and His working, our hearts will be truly opened for the healing transformation and redemption God longs for us to have.
When I finally surrendered my picture of what healing looked like, my heart was opened to healing more beautiful than anything I’d ever imagined.
God opened my heart to this new picture through dedicated prayer.
I had to hit my knees and fold my hands so many times before my heart was softened.
I prayed in surrender more times than I can count before I truly felt myself release my hold on these expectations.
Prayer doesn’t need to wait until our feelings are all set in place. Prayer takes place before we even know where to begin.
Before we can see the final picture, before we feel like surrendering, before we feel the healing, we must offer our hearts to God in prayer.
I find it helpful in these times to write down prayers. I write short prayers of surrender or asking for healing and hope. When I don’t have the words to say, I utter these small prayers.
God knows what we are able to give. Search your heart for areas you may be holding back in prayer. Ask God to reveal these areas to you.
When we offer our hearts to God in prayer, He brings us healing beyond anything we can imagine.
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Nicole encourages us to keep walking in faith no matter the circumstances of life maintaining hope. She blogs at Courage, Hope Love where she shares her experience in marriage, life and faith. You can connect with her at Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.