Have you even felt alone and as though you were beyond the help of man? Recently, I was praying over a situation and the Lord showed me a vivid picture that I want to share in hopes that it will bring comfort to those who find themselves in a similar place.
I was in a grass hut at the ends of the earth in a dark jungle. The person I was praying for was laying on the dirt floor, for she was unable to move due to the illness. I was weary from believing and fighting the good fight of faith, for it seemed like we had been in this hut with no sign of breakthrough for a prolonged season. Outside there were sounds of fear and darkness. Inside the only sounds were our prayers offered up in belief as we prayed in our understanding and in tongues. There were no connections to man in this desolate place – no music, no friends, no family, not even others who believed to stand with us. We felt alone and our only hope was in God. Even though we were beyond the help of man, He was there.
Suddenly, Jesus entered into that hut and His glorious light filled it. All of our prayers were answered and even other things we had need of He touched to make whole. Our despair and exhaustion was replaced by His peace and His joy overflowed our hearts. We felt refreshed in His presence. He was going to leave, but we asked Him to stay and sup with us. We wanted to fellowship with Him and just be in His presence and not just take His blessings. He stayed and we all dined over hot stew and laughed and talked. The Lord told us that He had need of us to leave this grass hut and go into all the world to display His glory. We were sad, for we didn’t want to leave His side. He said His Holy Spirit would go with us and we would see Him again.
This is the hope of all those who bear the name of the Lord Jesus and believe in Him. He is with us always and comes to us in our most desolate of circumstances when we are beyond the aid of man, out of reach of the help of man’s fellowship and comfort, and brought to the end of ourselves and our own strength. When we cry out to Him and seek Him we will find Him. Do not give up in believing for God to make a way or change a circumstance or manifest a healing. The Lord loves us and desires to display His glory among men, so that all may know Him.
- “‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’ Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.’ Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.’” John 14:1-18
- “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.’ So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.’ But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’” Luke 19:1-10