Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Prayer meetings

This is a message I prepared to be read at the prayer meetings taking place tonight. Some of you may not see it until the meeting is over - I apologize for not posting sooner. Thank you all once again and may God richly bless you for your sacrifice on my behalf!


First, I want to thank all of you for taking precious moments from your busy lives to pray for me. One thing an illness like this makes clear – all moments truly are precious. So, I thank you for taking time away from those things most important in your own lives to be here for me tonight. It is truly moving.

Next, as you meet, I want to remind you of something I discussed in my first announcement. It is so tempting to ask “Why?” That simple question can branch out onto many fruitless paths. Ultimately, the question has already been answered. We are taught in scripture that our purpose on earth is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Instead of spending time asking why this happened to me, let’s spend our time praying that God will be glorified to the fullest degree through my illness.

I want to be healed, and I do pray that you will ask the Father boldly for complete healing, but most of all, I want His will to be accomplished. I want lives to be changed. I ask you to pray boldly that many, who are without a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be drawn into such a relationship as a result of my earthly struggle. Do you realize that if one soul is saved from eternal separation from God – hell - that it is worth all the cancer treatment that can be thrown my way?! It most certainly is. I pray for healing, yes, but I also pray that God makes a difference in His kingdom as He reveals His glory in my trials. I pray that many will come to experience the balm of relationship with the creator of the universe as they watch Him soothe me during these days.

There may even be some in attendance here tonight who have not begun a relationship with Jesus Christ, our perfect Redeemer. If not, don’t waste another precious moment. Seal your eternal destiny tonight!

For those of you here who have already given your lives to Jesus, who have already accepted His healing grace – make sure you aren’t wasting moments either. Remember, for you, eternal life does not begin when you die. Indeed, it has begun already! It began the moment you invited Jesus Christ to live inside you and direct your path. Start enjoying eternal life today! You get to be with the loving-kind creator of the universe for the remainder of your existence on earth and forever and ever and ever! Your time with Him will never cease – don’t let the joy of this truth escape you until Heaven. Start relishing it today – eternal life has begun! You have a Father who loves you and is with you wherever you go and whatever you face. So, go about your day glorifying Him with your decisions and enjoying his unfathomable goodness – it truly is everywhere even in the midst of earthly confusion, especially in the midst of earthly confusion!

May His Word strengthen us tonight and always …

“Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.” – Job 13:15
“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten.” – Joel 2:25
“I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.” –Job 42:2
“The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.” –Job 37:23

6 comments:

Sandy said...

Daniel,
Jason, Ali, Luke, and I had our own prayer service at our home tonight. Even little Luke prayed for your healing. We read this verse before we prayed : "Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up." James 5:14-15
love,
Jason, Sandy, Ali, and Luke Webster

The Moon Family said...

Robby, Lily and I just finished praying here in Knoxville for you, Daniel. Lily said tonight that she will pray for you every day. I forwarded Brad's email to many friends and family. One particular friend of mine is a fellow dietitian who specializes in head and neck cancer. She prayed for you this evening as well. She wanted you to know that she would be happy to talk with you if you would like to. I will forward her information to you. As Lily and Jordan go to bed at night, I sing a familiar tune over them...'May the Lord bless you and keep you...may the Lord make His face shine upon you...and give you peace...and give you peace...and give you peace forever...' As I have been praying for you, I realized that I have been ending each prayer with that same tune. Take care, Daniel! Teran

Anonymous said...

Daniel,
We were praying for you here in Chattanooga too... wish I could give you a big hug right now. We love you!
Virginia

Amy said...

Though I was stuck at home last night (Luke's a little loud for a prayer service and my baby-siter's were tied up), I was praying continually through the hour. And as I read your blog this morning, I can hear Luke in the playroom singing Deep and Wide at the top of his lungs, including "Plunge right in. Loose your sin." I thought you'd like that.

Anonymous said...

Hey Daniel! I couldn't make it over to Randy and Lizzy's last night unfortunately, but just talked to Jenny and she said it was a precious time! Know that each day I am lifting you up. My parents are as well as my Community Group at West End Community. I've said it before and will say it again, your faith is tremendous and know that this believer is being reignited a bit through your words. Love you tons!

Cindy
ps - know that if you or your family needs anything while you're over at Vandy, I'm just down the road and would be glad to help in any way! DO NOT hesitate to ask!!!

Travis & Beth Dunlap said...

Daniel,
Your blog has been so moving! It is uplifting reading your faith and your desire to glorify God! It is so easy to lose focus in our crazy lives! Thank you for reminding us of what is important in this life! It was a special time last night meeting again with such old friends and meeting new ones. You are in our thoughts and prayers! Even through the craziness of teaching 3 years old at Vacation Bible School, you were lifted up in prayer! Even though we can't be by your side, you are with us constantly! We love you! Beth & Travis Dunlap