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Sometimes Jesus will wait to answer your prayers until you are not only more sick, but all the way dead. Yes, sometimes He waits until you die to answer your prayers...and this is why we often stress unnecessarily.
John 11:1–6 (NKJV)
1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.
The rest of the story is that Lazarus ended up dead (but not for good; this is what Jesus meant when He said the sickness was not unto death)...and Jesus went and raised him from the dead a few days later. But why this post? Because as we had family devotions last night, my wife read this passage and for the first time I got new light on it. It occurred to me, that Jesus sometimes waits, until we die all the way, to do something. So how does this apply to us? Sometimes, we cannot enter into God's greatest plan if we are still in charge/alive trying to control everything. Also, you cannot be raised from the dead lest you are dead. If I think I am "alive" and I can handle things "on my own" without God (we do this without realizing it ALL the time), God will often times set back and wait until you come to the "death" place. The place where you give up FOR REAL and truly let God have it. THEN, and ONLY then, will you see the resurrection, the answer you want...and when God answers, it's always better than what you thought you needed.