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A Father's Prayer
A sound came over the loud speaker saying, "visiting hours are now over." A father that has never prayed kneeled beside his dying daughter's bed and began to pray:
Please have mercy on my daughter. On her behalf, I repent for her sins. As a parent, I take it upon myself to make myself better. Please Lord let me know what I am to do to make things better. Please give me a revelation as to how I should change my life to be a better parent. Please don't let her die. I cry out to you Jehovah Rapha because you are our healer. I cry out to you Jehovah Shalom because you are our peace. In the name of the Father I pray, Amen.
He got off of his knees, kissed his daughter on the forehead and walked out of the door. He went home with a deep sadness in his heart. He sat down in his chair. He tried to reflect on his life, to see what he had done wrong,.
He said, "Lord, please guide me."
He looked over his shoulder and saw the Bible. He would always walk past it but never tried or cared to read it. He opened the Bible for the first time on a random page and found himself in the Book of Matthew. His eyes were fixed on Matthew 17:20.
"He replied, because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
He then turned to the Book of Psalm. His eyes were fixed on Psalm 14:12.
"The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seeks God."
The Lord Speaks to the Father
He closes the Bible and began to cry. The Bible falls to the floor. He heard a faint voice that felt like it was coming from his heart. The voice softly said,
"What you have done is pleasing to me. You called on me and you put your faith in me. I forgive you. Your daughter will be healed. Teach her how to live, how to enjoy life by using the principals of my word."
The Lord teaches him The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12)
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you because of me.
12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The next morning he went back to the hospital. He sat next to his daughter holding her lifeless hand. The heart monitor suddenly flatlined. The nurses ran into the room.
He started yelling, "What's happening?"
They told him to leave the room. He stood next to the door looking in as the doctor worked on her. He saw them shaking their heads.
Then the doctor comes out and says, "I'm sorry."
Everyone left the room. The father ran into the room and started crying and hugging her. All of a sudden, he heard her voice saying, "Dad, I am okay." The father immediately began to thank God. The nurses were astonished as they witnessed a miracle of God.
"While we look not at the things which are seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the the things which are not seen are eternal."
2 Corinthians 4:18