Does God Hear Our Requests?

Does God Hear Our Requests?

My son died by suicide eleven years ago on March 16, 2004. I suffered emotional agony, and after a time it felt like real physical pain. My stomach and my head ached. My skin no longer fit, and I thought it would suffocate me. Worst of all, my heart hurt within my chest and I wanted it to stopped beating.

God brought me through the harsh early grief we all experience when we lose someone we love. And I would not have lived through it if the Lord hadn’t shown Himself in many ways. He comforted me, and gave me friends and family who encouraged me. They helped carry the burden of grief instead of leaving me to suffer alone.

After my husband and I sold the house where Joshua died, I took deep, easy breaths once again. The weight of such loss no longer crushed me as it had before. God had heard my requests for our house to sell and, even though it seemed an eternity through the four-year wait, it did sell and we moved to my home state.

Soon after we moved to our acre of land here in Oregon, I suffered with physical problems. All that harsh grief took its toll on my health. It was a relief when after three years of treatments, I finally felt like my old self.

One year later, I fell against a large boulder in a creek and, even though I didn’t know it, I damaged my spine. For months I continue to fall because my balance was off. I tried to be careful, but I found myself in another creek where I fell against a smaller rock. You’d think I’d learn, but no, I wanted to enjoy the rivers and creeks of my childhood stomping grounds in Southern Oregon.

This time, I had x-rays taken and it showed my neck and spine were not aligned. That explained the pain and my loss of balance. I began physical therapy and over the next two years improved, but still suffered from extreme pain.

In February 2014, my health was going down fast and it frightened me. Exhaustion set in, and I was diagnosed with a suppressed adrenal system, and later with a hypothyroid. My doctor set up my treatment plan and ordered a medication to help me. It’s been a long and slow process but at last we found the right dosage.

With my physical injuries and then my onset of illnesses, I began to lose my will to live. I prayed, Father, I cannot take on all these physical burdens. Please, if it be Your perfect will, I know You can heal some of me. In Jesus’s name, I ask. Amen.

Three days after the prayer, I tripped over a piece of wood while walking in the dusk of night. I eased the fall as best I could with my left palm out and my right knee. The jolt jerked my neck. Not able to get up right away, angry tears and sobs racked my body.

That night and the morning of the next day, my body ached like I’d been in a minor car accident. But within three days my shoulders no longer hurt. Did God answer my request? Did He give me a physical adjustment? I’d never heard of such a thing, but the very idea made me smile.

Just like scripture teaches in 1 John 5:14, And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. (ESV) I wonder how many times I have not asked, and therefore missed a blessing.

Thank You, Lord for relieving me from some of my pain. In Jesus’s holy name. Amen.

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Jean Ann Williams About Jean Ann Williams

Jean Ann Williams lives in Southern Oregon with her husband Jim. Although one of their children has passed on to the Great Beyond, their two remaining children have blessed them with thirteen grandchildren, their Baker’s Dozen. Jean Ann keeps up two blogs: the first is about the writing life Jean Ann Williams: Author, and Love Truth where she writes of how God continues to encourage and bless her after her son’s suicide in 2004.

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  1. What a wonderful testimony! Bless you.

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  2. Ann Ellison says:

    What a beautiful testimony to God’s love and faithfulness through the worst of times. I am reminded of one of my favorite scriptures – “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. II Corinthians 4:8-9.” God’s blessings be with you in the days ahead.

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  3. I love to see how creatively God answers our prayers. May He continue to give you healing!

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