Prayers, Praise and Thanks

Prior to going home after work, I usually call my son to tell him and his dad that I would be going home and usually, would ask him how his night went. They were supposed to play tennis early at a nearby high school, but I was surprised that they were still at home. That was when he told me that he had a little cough but already ate his breakfast. And he felt okay.

When I got home, I took his temperature and it was normal at that time. But before lunch time, I could feel that he was starting to get warmer. His temperature showed 100.4 degrees F.

He took a nap and by God’s grace, had a long one. He is always good about taking in a lot of fluids, too as long as he can tolerate. That’s what I was thankful for to God, was that despite that low fever, my son has appetite and no other pain or other symptoms. I just got concerned knowing that it is flu season and he hasn’t gotten his yearly shot yet as it is not available yet from his primary physician.

Having that “mommy mode radar” working all the time, I thought of asking all of you to pray for him anyway yesterday. With my own ups and downs in my life, I know that God’s wonderful promise of never leaving us nor forsaking us, always surrounds me with peace. To know that He is in control, is another reason that my rising worry, was immediately detected and destroyed by that Power that supplies my “mommy-mode radar”. He is my son’s Greatest Physician.

After I posted that prayer request, you guys, overwhelmed me and my family with your love and prayer support. We want to thank you and most of all, thank the Lord, the One Who answers our petitions. All night long [Saturday], he maintained a low grade fever. I was still praising the Lord that he had no other symptoms. This morning, Sunday, his temperature has been normal! He’s taking advantage of resting all day so he can go back to school tomorrow.

“How often have we prayed something like, ‘O Lord, be with cousin Billy now in a special way”? Have we stopped to consider what it is we are requesting? Imagine that you are a parent who is preparing to leave your children with a babysitter. Would you dream of saying, ‘O Betsy, I ask you now that you would be with my children in a special way’? No way. You would say, “Betsy, the kids need to be in bed by 9 pm. They can have one snack before their baths, and please make sure that they finish their homework. You can reach us at this number if there’s any problem. Any questions before we go?” We are very specific with our requests and instructions for our babysitters. We want them to know the specifics. It should be no different with prayer.
~ David Jeremiah

As my family was eating lunch today, I had reminded my son, “to always be thankful for God’s goodness.” Even in sickness, we can pray for others sicker than us. When we are eating, we can pray for those who are hungry. When we are shielded from the weather elements, we can pray about those who are homeless and who just lost their homes.

So, I want to remind you, too the same. There are others who are in great need and the least we can do….is to PRAY….as we THANK God for all His goodness.

I want to end this post with my favorite verse:

Philippians 4:6-7 - “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.” [CEV]
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