|“When you meet people …who are burdened with their need, involve yourself in their lives as an act of Christ’s love. But always use the encounter as an opportunity to point them to Jesus. It would be sad indeed if the Savior softened their hearts in their calamity, only to find that you did not use it as an opportunity to share the gospel.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“But I will sacrifice to Thee with the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord. “Jonah 2:9
When Jonah fled from the will of God, the Lord intercepted him with a storm resulting in the sailors throwing him overboard. God captured Jonah in a fish and returned him to his mission. Jonah gave thanks to God for deliverance while still in the belly of the fish, not after the fish delivered him safely to land. His prayer anticipated God delivering him from the fish just as the fish had delivered him from drowning.
When God thrusts you into darkness, you are most apt to despair, concluding that He has abandoned you. Darkness and despair often precede deliverance. The time to express gratitude to God is when in the darkness, not after deliverance.
God leads in your life by steps, each step assuring you that He has firm control over your life and will take you through the next step as well. When He leads you into the “valley of the shadow of death,” you can know that He will again lead you out. By this means He builds trust, faith, and confidence. Jonah’s deliverance into the mouth of the fish gave assurance that God would also deliver him from the mouth of the fish. But it takes the eye of faith to see this, a faith expressed in gratitude.
Hosea 9-11 Revelation 3 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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