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If I Had Only Prayed More . . . !


When my husband was killed, I read something that basically told me if I had prayed more, Doug’s death may not have happened.  We have all heard this before, felt this before, or thought this before.  “If I had only prayed more!”  But is this truth?  I will tell you what I wrote in my journal on that day. . .

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Got real upset this morning.  Read something that had me wondering whether I could have prayed more – would Doug still live?  I flipped open my Bible and it landed on the last page of Song of Songs. One section caught my attention.

Place me like  a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave.  It burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame.  Many waters cannot quench love, rivers cannot wash it away. Song of Songs 8:6-7

Some of the notes talked about wisdom literature and referenced another section.  That section talked about how in proverbs the wicked are punished and the righteous prosper.  The note said in general that was the case but NOT always.  Other times reward and punishment lie beyond the grave.

Thank you Lord, for that answer.  More notes say “marital love is the strongest, the most unyielding, and invincible force in human experience.  As the grave will not give up the dead, so love will not surrender the loved one.  The Hebrew expression conveys the idea of a most intense flame, hinting that it has been kindled by the Lord.”

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I am not saying prayers don’t help, and sometimes prayer alters outcomes (2 Kings 20:1-6), but sometimes what happens cannot be altered by prayer (2 Samuel 12:15-23).  In my case, that brief hour of my life when my heart hurt thinking I could have changed my husband’s fate if only I had prayed more, was a lie from the enemy.  Thankfully, God gave me a quick, speedy answer.

Years later, I would go back to that Song of Song’s verse I quoted above and have an “a-ha” moment.  In my true life story, Revelations, I tell the reader how God gave me a verse that confirmed I was His child.  It was Isaiah 43:1-3.  Listen:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.  For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

When I read that verse, I knew I was God’s child, and when the waters and the rivers of this life came to sweep me over, God would get me through.  Now, take a look at the Song of Song’s verse I quoted above.

Place me like  a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave.  It burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame.  Many waters cannot quench love, rivers cannot wash it away. Song of Songs 8:6-7

The waters came on May 25, 2006.  The rivers tried to drown me on May 25, 2006.  But they did not.  The Holy One of Israel was on  my side.  Years earlier He had assured me He would be with me.  I should have known a flood would come.  But now, as I look back, I can see His hand holding fast to me.  He was assuring me of His truth in these verses, proving to me that He knew what was to come, whispering to me that He was with me, urging me to cling to the faith I had come to cherish.  This is what I cling to . . .

Nothing can separate us from love, not the waters or rivers of this life, not even death.  Because when we have Jesus – we have life eternal.

And this life is just a pause in the true life we have when He returns.

May your rivers and waters be drowned in God’s truth!

Amen and Amen.  Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

nic

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