5th November 2013

Tell God What You Need

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.”
Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
 

“Would you be able to give a talk to my Senior club in a couple of weeks?” my friend enquired. “I’m sure the members would find it interesting to hear about your experience of being a live kidney donor for your brother.”
As it was only a few weeks since the operation and I was still feeling a bit fragile, I didn’t really feel like saying ‘Yes,’ but my tongue responded before my brain had engaged and I found myself with the task of preparing a forty-five minute talk about the long and intricate process of becoming a kidney donor. 

On the Sunday, before I was due to speak on the Thursday, I started a heavy cold. I was tempted to phone my friend and cancel the talk, but as speakers were always difficult to find for the club, I decided to wait. I prayed about the cold and asked God to stop it becoming worse, but by the Tuesday it was worse. I prayed again, “Please stop the cold.” Nothing changed. On the Wednesday I asked yet again, “Please stop the cold. I want to give this talk. I don’t want to let people down.” I was in a turmoil. Should I cancel? Should I chance it? Was God even listening? I decided to give myself a deadline of 9am on the Thursday morning to make a final decision. Thursday morning arrived and the cold hadn’t improved at all. I prayed again but this time I asked God to give me a window of opportunity to give the talk and at 9am I decided I would do it. 

My friend picked me up after lunch and drove me to the meeting hall. I had stuffed my pockets with tissues and had plenty of cough sweets as back-up. I spent three hours at the Club that afternoon. I gave the talk, answered questions, chatted with the Seniors and tucked into the tea and biscuits. During that time I hadn’t sneezed, coughed or needed a tissue. After the Club meeting had finished my friend drove me home. I pushed the key into the front door but before I had a chance to open it I had to grab a handful of tissues to stem the tide of sneezes that had suddenly erupted. The cold was back with a vengeance. 

I realised then that God had been listening to my prayers all along. He’d answered my prayer for a ‘window of opportunity’ to give the talk, and He’d closed that window the second I put the key in the door because I no longer needed His help for that specific situation. It’s difficult not to get stressed when prayers seem to go unanswered but God blesses us for persevering. He gives us His peace. Philippians 4:6-7 explains, “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” 

Prayer
Heavenly Father, please help us not to worry, but to put everything into your very capable hands.
Amen
 

Study by Diana Hall

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openbibleAbout the Author:
Diana Hall attends the Southampton Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Southampton
Tauntons College
Hill Lane
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 5RL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Peter Noon
Email:  peter_noon@wcg.org.uk

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