So it’s been about 3 months since my last post. Which coincides around the same time Liz and I received some alarming news.
At a routine doctor’s visit we were brought into the office and were told that the sonogram could not find our son’s kidneys and his heart is not working properly. He advised us to the specialist at the hospital for some more clarity, but that just led to more bad news. It turns out there are more things wrong with our unborn son than we can count or remember. There is a literally a folder we were given to hold the descriptions of all the diagnoses. We’ve never opened it.
Sharing this with you, my friends, was not an easy decision. Liz and I have kept it pretty private because for the most part we’re private people. But recently God has been doing something in our lives that led us to the decision to share this with you. This might sound silly coming from a Pastor – but we feel like we’ve just begun to learn about the power of intercession.
I’ve preached about it frequently, gave illustrations, shared stories, and even taught classes on it at Southeastern University. But like most things in life – it becomes real…once it’s real in your life. We’ve always been on the one side of intercession, praying for others. But now we’re on the receiving end, and we’re feeling something powerful.
It’s been 3 months since the diagnoses, and at that time the doctors gave Journey (that’s our son’s name) 2 months to live, yet his heart is still beating at every check-up since. The doctor can’t explain it. His issues are still present – but he’s pressing through. They don’t think he’ll survive long after birth. But he’s already a miracle, so why not keep going? And although we didn’t know if we would get this far, Liz’s C-Section has finally been scheduled and it’s 5 weeks away (August 10th). And that’s why we decided to share our story with you.
While listening to the latest Hillsong United Album, I heard a song called “Say the Word” and that was a moment in my car when knowledge (the stuff that lives in your brain) became revelation (the stuff that lives in your heart). It hit me – when God created the world – he did it with a word…a word. Then the centurion’s words in Luke 7 rang in my heart. His servant was sick, and he wanted Jesus to heal him. Jesus agreed, but the centurion sent him a messenger while Jesus was on his way.
“Lord, don’t trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor. I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”
You see, nothing is difficult for God, because no matter what it is you’re asking for – it’s all just one word away from being done. Just one word – that’s all it ever took.
Whether it was:
- “Let there be light”.
- “Lazarus come forth.”
- “Pick up your mat”
- Or, “Your sins are forgiven.”
A miracle for God is not like lifting a weight. It does not increase in difficulty the heavier or more challenging the exercise or request.
It’s just a word. Just say the word. And it’s done.
Well that is where the power of intercession lies, and why we’ve shared our story. I hope you can find the time to “Say the Word…” for Journey sometime in the next 5 weeks. Especially on August 10th. Because I believe that when we pray, God does things, that he would not have done, if we did not pray. I’m not foolish enough to say that he must, but I know that he can. Like the 3 Hebrew young men about to be thrown in the fire – Liz and I believe that God will heal our son. But even if he doesn’t…we’ll still worship. Because Faith isn’t knowing that God will answer your prayer, it’s believing that if he doesn’t – He’s still God.
In the meantime, pray for us, and we’ll pray for you. Be encouraged if your going through something similar, or a challenging situation and you’re needing a miracle. Be encouraged because something is happening on the inside of you regardless the outcome.