Having a large church, Joel Osteen once lamented about all the problems people have. That’s true. I’ve been an intercessor for years. Some of our prayer requests are truly heartrending. Two stand out in my memory.
One involved the death of a teenaged boy walking through a forest with a friend. A tree fell on the young man and killed him instantly.
The other involved a mother of three grown children. Her son died in a car accident. Six months later, her pregnant daughter was driving to another state to get married, when she got killed in a car accident. The mother called the church for prayer. It’s amazing she kept her faith in God.
Martha Tennyson was our guest speaker at our women’s retreat one year. Her church in Kentucky lost 75% of its youth group when a drunk driver hit their church bus and set it in flames. She said her church grieved for two years. People were joyless. Then one day, the Shekinah glory of God entered their sanctuary and people were healed. Quoting from the Book of Job, Martha said God won’t always spare you from tragedy, but He’ll get you through it, and He’ll give you compensation if you trust Him.
So the next time you think life has dealt you a bad hand, call your church and join the intercessors. Maybe your situation isn’t as bad as you think.