Find out why I am thankful for multifaceted answers to prayer!
Praise God for answered prayer!
Several years ago, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, not life threatening but really painful for me as I hate needles. So, I was determined to get it under control with every other resource available for as long as I could in order to avoid needles down the track. I worked hard getting my diet in order and things went really well until my mother died four years ago.
While things didn’t get totally out of control, my levels started to climb, and it didn’t matter what I did with my diet. This time, things didn’t get better. The doctor threatened to put me on tablets and I opted for prayer.
Sounds peculiar, I know, but that is what happened. I stressed about going on the tablets because to me that was the slippery slope to having to have needles and I JUST DIDN’T WANT TO GO THERE YET book!
My morning levels were the ones that bothered me, my diet seemed to work during the day but they were not coming down during the night. However, there was the odd morning when my levels were very good.
Once this had happened more than once I was able to work out what it was that was bringing them down. It was simply that on the day before I hadn’t had any stress, good days, it seems work well. The stresses of our family issues and farming here in Australia seemed to be the cause of my high levels. I couldn’t even write without being interrupted which also added to my stress levels.
Now, that I knew what worked I now had to work out how to have a good day, every day. I needed to reduce my stress levels but how? I prayed hard about this for weeks and there were a couple a Bible passages that struck me as important.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray for the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; John 14:13-16
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13
Even Christians around me were telling me that we should not rely on the Holy Spirit alone that He was not enough we had to use other resources to get through this life. At one point, I cried out to God in desperation, “If you are all I need then why isn’t this working”.
Then two things happened
The first thing was a daughter told me of a vision God had given her for our family and the farm. This is probably a first for me, but I was willing to trust that it came from God. Out of this vision, I found a reason to do two things. Firstly, I took up rock picking for a special project which was part of the vision. This gave me the exercise I needed. Then secondly, I starting knitting again which enabled me to relax more.
The second thing was that I remembered another daughter telling me that Buckwheat is a food that helps regulate your sugar. One day, on my way home from a meeting, I had a strong urge to make Buckwheat fritters for lunch. When I tested my sugar the next day I was amazed at how good the reading was.
When we were studying Acts at Bible Study I read about how the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, and again I asked God to do this here and now. For me, it was about taking God at His Word and having a simple faith that He could do what He said.
I wanted that Holy Spirit to fill me with the words and attitude that gave me the power to not stress when dealing with certain family members. So now, when I know there are stressful situations coming, I ask God specifically to fill me and to allow me to be comforted and relaxed. I have seen this happen recently, and I praise God for His faithfulness.
So, today, I testify to God’s faithfulness and thank Him for His answers. Yes, it’s a multifaceted solution, but so are diamonds, and they shine brightly. So I pray that I will shine for Him in the same way.
God answers prayers in so many ways. What a wonderful God we have Who isn’t limited to our imaginations.
What prayers has He answered for you in this unique way?